Weekend To-Do List: Emmys Edition

162659__ajanney_lThe Emmy Awards are Sunday night (NBC, 8 p.m.) — perhaps you’ve heard. And because Mike Slezak is not one to toot his own horn (oh wait, he totally is), you may not know that he’ll be live-blogging the whole extravaganza, including Ryan Seacrest’s red-carpet pre-show on E! (In fact, all of Team EW.com will be on duty Sunday, documenting the whole evening, from Joan Rivers’ first blooper to the last winner’s post-show victory lap backstage at the Shrine Auditorium.)

In the meantime, you probably have a lot of cramming to do to prepare for TV’s biggest night. You can follow the ever-changing odds and buzz at TheEnvelope.com. Emmycast producer Ken Ehrlich gave me the rundown of the show’s expected highlights, while E! Online tells you where to find the drama in a show that’ll be scripted down to the minute.

As far as the outrages that many argue have robbed the Emmys of credibility and made them the K. Fed. of awards shows — specifically, the ”re-Emmying” of reflexive repeat winners like Allison Janney, pictured (”re-Emmying” is my favorite coinage of the week), you can either work yourself into an angry froth, or you can do something constructive, like petition the TV Academy to adopt these five reforms. Or you can do something fun and frivolous, like follow The Office‘s Jenna Fischer on her quest for something glamorous and un-Pam-like to wear on the red carpet.

You can also prepare for the Emmys by catching up with some of last year’s best TV, now that the second seasons of House and Veronica Mars are out on DVD.

Oh yeah, although we’re certain you’ll be watching NBC on Sunday, you’ll want to record the season finales of The 4400 (USA, 9 p.m.) and the entire HBO Sunday night lineup (Deadwood at 9, Entourage at 10, and Lucky Louie at 10:30).

Oh, all right, there are a few non-Emmy options for entertainment this weekend. You could listen to the new releases by Kelis and Primal Scream. You could read Hello Americans, the second volume of Simon Callow’s Orson Welles-sized biography of Orson Welles. Or you could actually get off the couch, go to the movies, and see something inspriational, like Idlewild, Invincible, or Beerfest, which I watched with fellow PopWatcher Scott Brown, both of us laughing helplessly. (Yes, we were sober.)

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  • Manuel

    The nomination system this year turned out to be a joke!
    Not only did the critically acclaimed but little watched shows get no recognition (Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars are two good examples), but the highly watched previously recognized shows also got left out (Lost, Mary-Louise Parker in Weeds, Desperate Housewives (even if this season wasn’t as good as the first the ladies should have gotten some recognition), Hugh Laurie on House (he is the show, so a nomination for the show without one for him makes ABSOLUTELY no sense). I will not be watching the Emmys this year for the first time cause in my opinion no matter who wins it will not represent a competition amongst the best on tv.

  • peggym

    You can’t have it both ways. You can’t scream about Allison Janney being there too often, then complain that James Gandolfini and Edie Falco were left out. Their time limit should be up under your system, too.

  • JAMES A. CARLSON

    IT IS THE SAME EMMYS AS THEY HAVE EVERY YEAR. THE ONLY WINNERS ARE THOSE SHOWS THE YOUNGER GENERATION LIKE. MY VOTE DOESNT REALLY MATTER AS THE YOUNG ER VOTES STILL PREVAIL

  • Todd

    I won’t be watching the Emmys. I hope the ratings stink.

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