« ABC picks up 'Samantha Who?' for full season | Main | NBC picks up 'Kath & Kim' »

October 31, 2008

Could Barack Obama win an Emmy?

Stephen_barack Stephen Colbert fretted about this on his Comedy Central show Thursday night: Could that liberal Barack Obama -- with a paid ad, no less -- somehow humiliate the mighty Colbert out of another righteous Emmy win?

And if Obama's Wednesday night infomercial was eligible, would it quality for the same cursed outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program category that "The Colbert Report" has lost three years running?

It's an interesting question. The special was certainly high quality. It won raves from critics. And if the American Music Awards can win an Emmy for lighting direction, surely Obama can bring home a statue for getting 33.6 million viewers to watch him hug Ohio voters, right?

But according to a Television Academy spokesman, Colbert is safe.

"I don't have a specific reference in the rules that would make it ineligible," says John Leverence, senior vp awards for the Academy. "But telethons are eligible only if they are not political. Though the ad was not specifically for raising money, it would be close enough to the spirit of that rule to be ineligible."

Even, hypothetically, if the special was eligible, Leverence adds, it would be more appropriate for the nonfiction special category than the outstanding individual performance category.

Colbert, you'll recall, bitterly lost to Barry Manilow for outstanding individual performance in variety or music program in 2006. In 2007, he lost again Tony Bennett. In 2008, he lost to Don Rickles. Colbert and his staff did take home one Emmy, this year, for outstanding writing.

Video clip of the Colbert segment after the jump.



Previous on this topic: Nielsen: 33.6 million watched Obama informercial ...   Video: The full infomercial ... Obama ad will have live portion ... "Pushing Daisies" creator Fuller on competing with Obama ad ... CNN rejected Obama ad; Fox News not asked ... Thoughts on "The Obama Show" ... Obama buys half-hour of network primetime.


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Could Barack Obama win an Emmy? :

Sign up for The Live Feed daily email newsletter:

If you wish to only receive the morning ratings, get the Hollywood Reporter's ratings alert.
Follow us on Twitter;
Subscribe using RSS.
New: The Live Feed mobile-friendly version.
Get headlines delivered to your Google or Yahoo homepage:
 Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Ain't It Cool News - Coaxial
Deadline Hollywood Daily
Drudge Report
Fark: Showbiz
Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Wiretap
Huffington Post
Just Jared
Lisa de Moraes
Michael Ausiello
NY Post: Vulture
Perez Hilton
Pop Candy
Reality Blurred
Television Without Pity
The Futon Critic
The Wrap
THR BLOGS: Heat Vision Blog
THR BLOGS: Hollywood Reporter Pilot Log
THR BLOGS: Risky Business
Tim Goodman: The Bastard Machine
Time's Tuned In
TV Barn
TV by the Numbers
TV Decoder
TV Squad
TV Tattle
TV Tracker
Warming Glow

The Hollywood Reporter is Your Complete Film Resource

The columnists and bloggers who write for The Hollywood Reporter have their collective finger on the pulse of the boxoffice. From Martin Grove and the rest, THR columnists deliver their thoughts on the film industry in an uncompromised style. Subscribe to THR today and get the latest views from these film experts and get the latest movie reviews as well.