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Emmy Networks: What’s at Stake

September 16, 2007 6:11 PM

HBO: Legacy. “The Sopranos” concluded in top form despite an ambiguous ending. The series has given the pay cable network a strong Emmy presence above its usual domination of the movie/miniseries categories. It’s time for Emmy to pay its respects.

NBC: Validation. The network’s comedies are arguably the best on television, yet NBC was fourth-ranked in the ratings last season. Most of its series nominations are in the comedy categories, and if “30 Rock” and “The Office” take home trophies, the wins might help promote the Peacock's Thursday-night lineup. And if by some miracle “Heroes” beats “The Sopranos” for the drama series Emmy …

ABC: Pride. ABC has 70 nominations, more than any broadcast network, but NBC is right behind with 69. Last year, NBC topped ABC, 14 wins to 11. ABC wants its nomination lead to hold up in order to prove the creative momentum that began with “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” is still in full force.

CBS: Representation. With 44 nominations, the Tiffany network has the fewest nods of Big Three broadcasters. If Neil Patrick Harris can win for supporting comedy actor, or “Two and a Half Men” can stage an upset for comedy series, their victories will keep chins held high at CBS as it launches its buzz-seeking efforts next season.

Fox: Promotion. Though Hugh Laurie winning for best actor or “American Idol” finally winning for reality competition would be nice, hosting the awards is Fox’s chance to promote its shows and newfound eco-agenda on the cusp of its usually lackluster fall.


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