The writing staff of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien has been nominated for an Emmy Award, while the writing staff of The Jay Leno Show with Jay Leno has been nominated for both a BARFIE and a FARTIE. But now, all of a sudden, for the first time in years, the category of Best Writing in Late Night Comedy will not be televised. SCANDAL! From Hollywood.com:
And now, it is with great displeasure that I stick a sewing needle in your balloon and tell you that category will not be televised. The Emmy producers (who have quite a lot of unordered pizzas headed their way) have decided against airing the announcement of the nominees and then the winner of the late night category. One of Conan’s writers (Deon Cole) tweeted, “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 am not one to buy into Evil Hollywood Conspiracy Theories. That place is completely coconuts, so the fact that they are constantly changing the rules seems less a sign of some nefarious backroom deals and more a sign that this month’s cocaine omelets were too light on the goat cheese, or whatever. But this is curious! The Emmys are a super boring waste of time and energy, and the award for Best Writing in Late Night Comedy was one of the few awards that actually seemed worthwhile to watch since everyone competing (staffs of Daily Show, Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, for example) were genuinely talented and hard working people who cared about what they were doing, a seeming rarity in television. Admittedly, they are always robbed, year after year, by Jon Cryer, who somehow manages to win the Best Writing in Late Night Comedy single-handedly for his role as Ducky on Two and a Half Men. But still. They were nominated! And we got to see their faces. You have to admit that in a year that has proven explosive (EXPLOSIVE!) for televised late night comedy, when the overwhelming greed and short-sightedness of the entertainment industry was laid bare, this certainly seems suspicious.
BREAKING NEWS: Sometimes Hollywood works hard to hide the things that make it look bad. MORE ON THIS STORY AS IT DEVELOPS.