Will NBC’s Emmys Telecast Snub Conan’s ‘Tonight Show’?

by | July 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM | Emmys, Emmys 2010, Late Night, The Tonight Show, TV News

NBC's 'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien'

NBC's 'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien'

“Someone with power has kicked us in the nuts again!”

That tweet from Deon Cole, a member of Conan O’Brien’s Emmy-nominated writing staff, sparked buzz that NBC’s broadcast of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards – at which Conan’s ‘Tonight Show’ has its eyes on four prizes to Jay Leno’s zero – might elude possible embarrassment by relegating all of the awards in the Variety, Musical Or Comedy Series genre to the non-televised ceremony held eight days earlier.

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“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!” Cole added on Twitter. “really?”

Well yes…. but really, no.

The highest prize on Team CoCo’s radar – Outstanding Variety, Musical or Comedy Series – will be handed out during the live telecast, airing August 29.

However, other “VMC” Series races – including Outstanding Writing, the nod perhaps most dear to Cole, and Directing – will be settled at the August 21 Creative Arts Awards ceremony.

That arrangement was predetermined long ago by a schedule that alternates which major VMC Series versus VMC Specials Emmys get handed out during the live broadcast.

“The Directing and Writing categories for VMC Series and Specials must alternate … from year to year,” explains a statement from the TV Academy. “Last year, the VMC Series Writer and Director Emmys were presented on the CBS Primetime telecast, and this year they will move to the Creative Arts Awards on Saturday, August 21st.”

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Do you think Conan’s ‘Tonight Show’ has a chance to beat its fellow Outstanding Variety, Musical or Comedy Series nominees: ‘The Colbert Report,’ ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’?