Emmy awards

Seth Meyers is retro? Maybe at Emmys monolog time

Emmy telecast: More music, more dance, more Neil

Swamped by all the business to be conducted, award shows sometimes forget to entertain us. Now the Emmys (8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, CBS) have taken two important steps -- hiring Neil Patrick Harris as host and Ken Ehrlich (who has worked wonders with the Grammys) as producer. Here's the story I sent to papers; if you scroll down, you'll see a list of key nominees:

It's never "Sunny" at awards time

You'll hear plenty this week about the big Emmy nominees on HBO and AMC and such. Instead, let's look at the oft-overlooked. Here's a story I sent to papers:



As Danny DeVito tells it, he knew
pretty early that his show would stick around.

“We never got nominated for
anything,” DeVito said. “And we never got any awards …. So I
always figured that's really good sign … we were going to be a
long-running show.”

TV folks, you may already have a winner

The strange thing about tonight's Emmys is that many of the fun categories have already been decided.

To keep tonight's ceremony (8-11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, ABC) moving, the Emmy people have an advance night for the majority of their categories. My previous blogs had an Emmy preview and a list of key nominees; here's the other story I sent to papers, listing some of the advance  winners:



When Emmys have Jimmys, we can expect fun

The Emmy awards are at their best when someone who really savors TV -- Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris -- is in charge. Now it's Kimmel's turn, at 8 p.m. today (Sunday, Sept. 23). Here's the story I sent to papers:


This is Emmy week, a time to savor
what's good on TV. That means a Jimmy should host.

Two years ago, it was Jimmy Fallon, a
big TV fan. On Sunday, it's Jimmy Kimmel, with similar tastes.

It's Emmy night

It's Emmy night now, which is just plain fun. The red-carpet coverage has already started on E and will also be on Fox at 7; the ceremony itself starts at 8.

I'll be blogging about this through the night, adding comments as it goes along. Meanwhile, here's the advance story I wrote; it includes a list that you can kind of check along with:


Somewhere in the TV world, people might
shrug at winning Emmy awards.