‘Glee’s’ Tidal Wave Overwhelms 2010 Emmy Nominations
by Jason Kasperski, Entertainment Editor, MostMost.Net
Today’s 62nd Emmy Award Nominations included one big surprise, but the rest was easily predicted.
The tidal wave known as ‘Glee’ keeps rolling over the American landscape without stopping. This morning, the upstart Fox musical/comedy/teen show captured a total of 19 Emmy award nominations including Best Comedy Series.
This show’s original target audience was the young, hip and progressive crowds living on the coasts. But, just to let you in on a little secret: I actually know older, straight white dudes who secretly watch the show and enjoy it. Especially when the kids put on their KISS costumes.
‘Glee’, as a freshman effort, may not win a lot of awards, but it is definitely a dark horse in the writing, directing and technical categories. Even in the Best Comedy category it may have a chance because popular sentiment sometimes gets behind new shows and pushes them over the hump for the win. Just like in the Oscar voting, Emmy voting follows waves of sentiment that race through Los Angeles and New York just prior to the voting deadlines. As the races play out over the summer, we will no doubt cover them and make our predictions.
Also riding a wave of gooey sentimentality (or is it some kind of creative community versus corporate world payback?) is the nomination of ‘The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien’ in the category of Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series.
It’s probably the most surprising pick of the morning, and with the exclusion of David Letterman and Jay Leno from the category, is a clear indication that the Academy and its membership want to move on from all of the late night scandals. They have to get some credit for this because, barring the news reports that will remain in online archives, there is very little evidence remaining that Conan O’Brien was ever the host of the Tonight Show.
This year, Conan competes against “The Colbert Report,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Saturday Night Live.” While O’Brien’s chances are slim, a win would be a definitive hip-check to the peacock network execs who jettisoned him in favor of Leno, who is now bleeding viewers himself.
Ultimately, I say good for Conan and the recognition he is getting for the seven months he did on the show. He’s the only late night host who can claim ‘victim’ on his resume, and secondly, he was never busted for exhibiting any devious or degenerative behavior. That counts for something in the current state of the television business.
At this point, all there is left to do is to wait for the telecast on August 29th and see who the winners are. Let the prognostications begin.