This year’s Emmy’s may provide one of the best moments that Team Coco members and Conan O’Brien fans could ever hope to witness: Conan O’Brien winning an Emmy for the show that he was unceremoniously booted from in January by NBC execs. Ever since O’Brien was nominated in the “Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series” category, Team Coco has been hoping to watch the sweet, sweet irony that would be Conan accepting an award for a show that NBC didn’t think he was doing well with. Now word has arrived that NBC– in what has to be the classiest act by a network since Dennis Franz’ ass was shown during multiple episodes of NYPD Blue– will not be televising that portion of the program. There’s more details and a lot of bitching below, my gentle Examiner readers…
UPDATE: The article below was written before we knew that NBC wasn’t necessarily to blame for the non-televising of Conan’s potential Emmy win. Keep that in mind while composing your poorly-spelled hate mail to the Comedy Examiner.
NBC has not handled Team Coco well in the past, so we shouldn’t be surprised that they’re continuing with that tradition. Word has just leaked out that the network– which will televise this year’s Emmy’s ceremony– is opting out of televising the portion of the ceremony that could have Conan O’Brien winning an Emmy for his work on The Tonight Show, which NBC removed O’Brien from in January. Yes, it just so happens that NBC won’t be airing the “Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series” category at this year’s ceremony. Who woulda guessed? Here’s the details:
“Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien’ writer Dean Cole tweeted the staff were informed their Emmy category won’t be televised during the primetime program. “NOT ‘NBC’ but the powers that be has sent us an email saying that the category we are nominated for will not be televised this year! really?”
I submit this to you, Team Coco: NBC has never sunk this low. While the Tweet from Dean Cole makes a point to mention that they didn’t learn this from the network– but rather the “Powers that be”– it’s ultimately a decision that the network would make. Is this the greatest case of sour grapes ever to involve a major network, or is it just me? Of course, it’s not guaranteed that Conan will win the Emmy in that category, but it’s generally agreed upon as the most-likely outcome. Jay Leno, by the way, wasn’t nominated.
Since NBC removed Conan from The Tonight Show in early February, Conan’s following has only grown. The former Late Night host toured the United States (earning millions along the way and donating it all to his writers and staff members, the kind of classy move that NBC could stand to learn a thing or two from), honored his agreement not to “be funny on television” (or dramatic on television, for that matter), and has since set up a brand-new show starting on TBS this November. Meanwhile, back at The Tonight Show, Jay Leno has seen his ratings plummet from where they used to be and has weathered serious criticism from the media, fans, and his peers. Here at the Comedy Examiner’s Office, we invite NBC to suck it (and please don’t cancel Parks and Rec).
UPDATE: Well, it turns out there’s a bit more to this story that Dean Cole’s Tweet seems to have left out. Perhaps we were a little hasty in jumping on the “Screw NBC” bandwagon (it’s just so comfortable and homey on that bandwagon, it’s hard not to climb aboard whenever possible). Here’s what they’re saying over at The Hollywood Reporter:
According to a TV Academy spokesperson, before last year’s Emmys, the Academy and the guilds agreed that the writing and directing categories for outstanding variety, musical or comedy (or “VCM”) series would alternate each year from the primetime telecast to cut down on the show’s length. Last year, the VCM writing/directing series slots were in the CBS telecast; this year they will move to the Creative Arts Awards on Saturday, Aug. 21.
In other words, this decision was made long before NBC had an acrimonious relationship with Conan O’Brien, his staff, the people that hate Jay Leno, and Team Coco (some of that may have been redundant). It sucks that we won’t be given the opportunity to see Conan take the stage if he does, in fact, win the Emmy in that category, but it appears that it won’t be NBC’s fault if we dont. That said, it’s very likely that footage of Conan’s likely win will pop up online sooner rather than later once the Emmy’s have come and gone, so stay tuned for that as soon as we can get our grubby hands on it.
UPDATE PART TWO: And it appears that this story’s all jacked up. After running the story above and then updating it, we recieved a few helpful emails (some more on the helpful side than others, which were more on the “shrieking in all-caps” variety) that sought to explain this situation. Here’s what Zap2It.com is saying about what we can actually expect to see on the Emmy’s broadcast this year:
The award for outstanding variety/music/comedy series, however, is still part of the Primetime Emmys, so O’Brien and Co. still have a chance to win (provided they can break the seven-year streak of “The Daily Show”) and accept their award on NBC’s air.
Which is great and all, but the news that the variety/music/comedy writing category won’t be on the prime-time show bums us out a little. The montages the nominated shows put together for their writers are usually among the funnier bits at the awards.
In other words, Conan and company could be taking the stage, after all. The “Outstanding Variety/Music/Comedy Writing” category won’t be televised, while the other one will be. And, as we reported before, that decision was made long ago. At least, that’s what I’m gathering from the information above: it’s worded a little confusingly. We’ll go with this version until a new development proves it to be incorrect. Many apologies to NBC for jumping the gun on that one earlier. I can’t imagine why I would have thought the network capable of such a terrible decision.
Sorry for the confusion, guys, and thanks to everyone that emailed in with the update tip. Oh, and if you were one of the people that lost their minds over this one: it’s an ongoing story, guys. The Hollywood Reporter, Zap2It.com, WiredUpdate.com, and others have all been offering new developments as they’ve occurred, so do try and be a little patient.
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