Everyone Agrees: Emmy Awards Signal Broadcast Networks Took Risks and Won

Jul 9, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The 2010 Primetime Emmy nominations, announced yesterday, have everyone agreeing on one thing: the heavily-skewed nods to the broadcast networks is the result of risk-taking that paid off.

"The recognition for “Glee” and “Modern Family” — and, in the best drama category, the CBS newcomer "The Good Wife"— reflects last year’s critical consensus that there’s a resurgence in quality on the broadcast networks," report Brian Stelter and Dave Itzkoff in the New York Times. The article points out that "Lost," another show that scrapped the playbook, received seven nominations for its final episode.

Scott Collins at the Los Angeles Times, meanwhile, concludes that the nominations herald "the legacy networks are back, if not hogging the Emmy nominations, at least holding their own against the more daring, critical darlings of cable TV." The broadcast networks received more nominations this year than in 2009, except for NBC, which, funnily enough, will be airing the Emmy telecast on Aug. 29, the LA Times article points out.

That last fact may allow for another bit of compelling broadcast viewing, points out Joe Flint in the Los Angeles Times. That’s because Conan O’Brien was nominated for an Emmy Award for his brief job as the host of NBC’s "The Tonight Show" (Jay Leno’s version of the program, meanwhile, didn’t receive a nomination.) If O’Brien wins and shows up to claim his prize on NBC, "it has the potential to be an incredibly awkward televised moment, as O’Brien could tell his former employers exactly what he thinks about them on his old network," Flint writes.

O’Brien responded to his Emmy nominations on Twitter by writing, "Congrats to my staff on 4 Emmy nominations. This bodes well for the future of The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien."


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