Showbiz Sandbox 246: The Emmys Have A Hopeless Scheduling Problem

It’s bad enough that the Emmy Awards honor the exact same talent and television shows every year. Now, the Emmys are really growing stale by handing out prizes to shows that finished airing before last year’s ceremony. Unfortunately, as television migrates to year round programming, there is no good time to schedule the Emmys which would make them feel more timely or relevant.

The industry-at-large was likely glad to see at least one aspect of the Emmys go unchanged as shows from broadcast and cable networks continue to win the most awards over shows from streaming services such as Netflix, which went home empty handed. There also, thankfully, seems to be a voter backlash against shows positioning themselves in odd categories.

Meanwhile, August has proven to be the cruelest month for show business with the untimely death of actor Robin Williams and the passing of Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall, among others.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Amazon public relations battle with Hachette over e-book pricing, Jimmy Fallon comes out on top in the late night television war, and Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat may see new life on the big screen.

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‘Power Rangers’ movie to hit theaters July 2016
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-power-rangers-movie-to-hit-theaters-july-2016-20140813-story.html

‘Godzilla 2′ Gets June 2018 Release Date
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/godzilla-2-release-date-june-2018-1201282945/

‘If I Stay,’ ‘Sin City 2′ and the Trouble With Tracking
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/if-i-stay-sin-city-2-tracking-box-office-1201289315/

21st Century Fox Withdraws Bid for Time Warner
http://variety.com/2014/biz/news/21st-century-fox-withdraws-bid-for-time-warner-1201276168/

Time Warner Second-Quarter Earnings Rise, Exceed Expectations
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/time-warner-second-quarter-earnings-723701

Primetime Emmy Awards 2014: The Winners List
http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/25/showbiz/primetime-emmy-awards-winners-2014/

Emmys: Wins by Program and Network
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/emmys-wins-by-program-network-727985

Emmys 2014: ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Modern Family’ Take Top Honors
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/26/arts/television/emmy-winners-breaking-bad-modern-family.html

Emmys: Monday Move Doesn’t Hurt NBC Telecast Ratings
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/emmys-monday-move-doesnt-hurt-727781

Plot Thickens as 900 Writers Battle Amazon
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/business/media/plot-thickens-as-900-writers-battle-amazon.html

What’s Twitch? Gamers Know, and Amazon Is Spending $1 Billion on It
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/26/technology/amazon-nears-a-deal-for-twitch.html

Survey: YouTube Stars More Popular Than Mainstream Celebs Among U.S. Teens
http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/survey-youtube-stars-more-popular-than-mainstream-celebs-among-u-s-teens-1201275245/

HBO Weighs More Web-TV Services Overseas
http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/hbo-weighs-more-web-tv-services-overseas-1407106582-lMyQjAxMTA0MDAwMzEwNDMyWj

Dish on Track to Launch Internet-TV Service by End of 2014, Ergen Says
http://variety.com/2014/biz/news/dish-on-track-to-launch-internet-tv-service-by-end-of-2014-ergen-says-1201276765/

Hollywood Sex Abuse Accuser Apparently Seeks to Withdraw Case Against Bryan Singer
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywood-sex-abuse-accuser-apparently-723682

Tom Petty Scores First Number One Album in 38-Year Career
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-petty-scores-first-number-one-album-in-38-year-career-20140806

Best Selling Albums Since 1991 (Soundscan Era): Adele Joins Elite Club
http://www.billboard.com/articles/chartbeat/473955/best-selling-albums-since-1991-soundscan-era-adele-joins-elite-club

You Can Now Invest in Neil Young’s PonoMusic
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/you-can-now-invest-in-neil-youngs-ponomusic-20140813

Metropolitan Opera reaches tentative agreement with biggest unions
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-metropolitan-opera-unions-agreement-20140818-story.html

ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Rises in July, Routs Letterman in Demo
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/abcs-jimmy-kimmel-rises-in-july-routs-letterman-in-demo-1201277802/

NCAA Athletes Win Antitrust Lawsuit That Could Pave Way for Pay
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/ncaa-athletes-win-antitrust-lawsuit-724292

CBS Circling James Corden to Replace Craig Ferguson on ‘Late Late Show’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/late-late-show-james-corden-704152

Craig Ferguson Nears Deal for New Talk Show
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/craig-ferguson-nears-deal-new-725803

Ricky Gervais to Star as David Brent in ‘Office’ Movie Sequel
http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/ricky-gervais-star-david-brent-office-movie-sequel-20140805

Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ Takes Flight at Universal
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/anne-rices-vampire-chronicles-takes-flight-at-universal-1201278069/

‘Motown’ to Leave and Come Back
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/22/theater/motown-to-leave-and-come-back.html

Emma Stone In Talks to Replace Michelle Williams in Broadway ‘Cabaret’
http://variety.com/2014/legit/news/emma-stone-eyes-broadways-cabaret-again-1201280273/

Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Comedian, Dies at 63
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/12/movies/robin-williams-oscar-winning-comedian-dies-at-63.html

Robin Williams Had Parkinsons Disease His Widow Says
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/robin-williams-had-parkinsons-disease-his-widow-says/

Actor and Director Richard Attenborough Dies Aged 90
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28923074

Menahem Golan, Producer of 1980s Action Movies, Dies at 85
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/menahem-golan-producer-1980s-action-724260

Lauren Bacall, Legendary Actress, Dies at 89
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-lauren-bacall-dies-20140812-story.html