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September 18, 2008

Emmy miscellany


Are the Emmys really Oscar's paste-eating cousin? Or are they the greatest awards show in the history of the universe?

Depends on who you ask.

We're getting ready for our Live Blogging Extravaganza from the Nokia on Sunday and, as prone to hyperbole as we often are, we'd have to say we're somewhere in the middle, expecting to be pleased by Jon Stewart's sixth consecutive win and annoyed that no one can get around the blustery, over earnest David E. Kelley Important Speeches to beat James Spader for best actor in a drama.

There's yin. There's yang. See?


Amid all the speculation about who will win or lose (hint: don't hold your breath for "Cranford"), we've found some inane toss-off tidbits today that we'd like to share. What's the secret word? Escapism!

Did you know that there are "around 20 crises per day" taking place, and we're not talking about Hurricane Ike or our country's collapsing financial infrastructure. No, that's "crises" as interpreted by an Emmy stylist, whose job is described in Stylephile as "an intricate and demanding science."

So, be awed by the chick who's bejeweling and bestyling Kim Kardashian, the "ET" crew and Billy Idol (Billy Idol?) for the awards. Or don't. But she does have great tips about water pills and colonics!

Will Tina Fey go full Palin doppleganger? Yes, that's been discussed. And yes, some people have obviously gone full retard.

If "American Idol" loses again, giving "Amazing Race" room to continue its Emmy romp, is it Mike Myers' fault? Not such twisted logic when we learn, via Gold Derby, that "American Idol" submitted for its Emmy entry the season finale of David vs. David -- an edge-of-the-seat match-up, no? -- but the episode also includes the horrifying "Love Guru" product integration (marketing-speak for product placement on steroids).

Remember? Awkward shilling for the "comedy," followed by even more awkward banter, the painful commerce-crammed-into-entertainment likes of which we hadn't seen since Jim Carrey appeared in the "Idol" audience in "Horton Hears a Who" elephant ears and trunk? Creepy!

Is that not enough to make Emmy voters go screaming into the Emmy-loaded arms of "Amazing Race?"

We'll see.

Keep coming back for more pre-awards (dim)wit and wisdom.


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Joey Nader

Mmmmm.....Paste........I'll be watching.

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