Emmy Watch: Conan, Kathy, and Giftbag-gate

102722__emmy_lEmmy mania — much like the Fudgesicle I foolishly left on my windowsill yesterday — is heating up!

-Host Conan O’Brien is making the rounds with Emmy riffs ranging from "no big deal" to "no big deal, but I’m hugely flattered to be asked back." That latter link also contains his suggestions for the embattled nomination process: “They should double the number of categories, the awards should take place over a two-week period like the Olympics and people all over the world should participate. And the long jump should be incorporated."

-Emmy honoree and D-butante Kathy Griffin is excited. Getting nominated is even more of a thrill when you’re “the girl who went to the prom with the gay guy.” (Paradoxically, you WANT to go to the Emmys with a gay guy, right? Just to watch your backless dress?) I could be wrong, but I think she got the nod for those Sierra Mist commercials. Congrats, Kathy!

-Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is: Do I have to submit a 1040 to claim my giftbag? Will someone repossess my Godiva flatscreen? Can the government even begin to pry this free holographic iPod from my cold dead fingers? And will this affect the satanic excess of the Emmy giveaway tradition? (Nah, not really.)

-At the bottom of the controversy list, we’ve got some categorical dustups: Has The Man been keeping The Simpsons down in the animation ghetto? Should Gilmore Girls be slotted as comedy or drama?

-You know, as long as Conan’s hosting, maybe he could give as a couple clips of this, the best never-aired Conan-and-Smigel pilot ever made.

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  • Eli

    I have to wonder in what tiny little universe do the EW staffers live where there is actually such a thing as EMMY MANIA. It’s not like it’s the oscars!? it’s the emmy’s for godsakes, I thought everyone in hollywood,(except those with actual talent or those working in the movies.)get an emmy just for saying living in hollywood. Poor Conan, having to host to a crowd of mediocrity.

  • Geno

    TV is good. It’s your friend. The emmys are something to be enjoyed. I am in full EMMY MANIA and have come down with EMMY FEVER!!!! Or maybe it’s just looking at pictures of Jessica Biel that has me feverish…In any case, I’m watching the emmys. I’m rooting for the “24” nominies…Conan rules…Now back to Jessica Biel….

  • mike

    I’m with Eli. All of the huge surprises and upsets will be covered here. Conan’s monologue will be on Utube. Think of the things I could do instead. There is probably a meaningless preseason football game on at the same time.

  • lauren

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for that Kathy Griffen/ Ryan Seacrest interview.

  • Sven

    If we could just stick Kathy Griffin and Dane Cook on an island, never to be heard from again, the world would be a better place.

  • ryan

    Kafka-esque Garfield is indeed disturbing.

  • Maggie

    I may not have Emmy fever, but I sure as hell have have Conan Fever.

  • Jill

    My personal crack/heroin combination is tv and chocolate, so when I saw the words “godiva flatscreen” I nearly wept. But I can’t find reference to it in the link — am I missing something. Please do tell…

  • snarky

    I’m hosting an Emmy viewing party where the guests will arrive dressed as their favorite nominee’s character.If their nominee fails to win, they must remove the outfit, and be banished to the baked potatoe bar.

  • KTS

    The whole swag tax thing is so depressing. Swag bags were the single driving influence behind my secret plot to one day win an Oscar… Whatever shall I aspire to now?

  • Kim

    What’s that?

  • Donna

    The gift bag thing is totally out of control. Here are the highest paid people in America (thus the world) receiving the most insane bling just for showing up to the annual “We Love Ourselves” festival. While a few blocks away kids are going to schools that are falling down around their ears, patched together with sticky tape and a promise. How we continue to justify this poverty and excess living cheek to jowl continues to baffle me.

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