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Fox Nixes Post-Emmy Party

September 16, 2008 2:14 PM

Didn’t get your usual invite to the 20th Century Fox/Fox Broadcasting Emmy bash? Don’t worry: You haven’t been demoted to the D list.

2007 Fox Emmy party at Spago

Last year Spago took over half of Beverly Hills for last year's post-Emmys bash hosted by Fox/News Corp.

It turns out the News Corp. companies have opted to skip an Emmy bash this year. The event, usually held at Spago, has become part of the Emmy night party circuit for TV types, along with soirees hosted by Entertainment Tonight, HBO, TV Guide and the TV Academy itself.

So what’s behind the decision to bump the bash?

“In the current economic climate we felt it more appropriate to focus our spending on development, production and marketing our programming,” representatives for the studio and network said in a joint statement. “We will recognize our Emmy winners individually.”

Another contributing factor might be that one of Fox and 20th’s big Emmy magnets—“24”—wasn’t broadcast this year, denying the studio and network some notable noms.

Meanwhile, the remaining Emmy events are adding some talent to their big nights.

“ET,” which has a habit of enlisting 1980s superstars such as Prince and Duran Duran to perform, has arranged for Billy Idol to let out his “Rebel Yell” at its Disney Hall fete.

TV Guide is going cutting-edge. It’s booked of-the-moment rockers MGMT and The Bravery to rock its party.

—Josef Adalian

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