Showbiz Sandbox 246: The Emmys Have A Hopeless Scheduling Problem

August 26, 2014


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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Survey: YouTube Stars More Popular Than Mainstream Celebs Among U.S. Teens

HBO Weighs More Web-TV Services Overseas

Dish on Track to Launch Internet-TV Service by End of 2014, Ergen Says

Hollywood Sex Abuse Accuser Apparently Seeks to Withdraw Case Against Bryan Singer

Tom Petty Scores First Number One Album in 38-Year Career

Best Selling Albums Since 1991 (Soundscan Era): Adele Joins Elite Club

You Can Now Invest in Neil Young’s PonoMusic

Metropolitan Opera reaches tentative agreement with biggest unions

ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Rises in July, Routs Letterman in Demo

NCAA Athletes Win Antitrust Lawsuit That Could Pave Way for Pay

CBS Circling James Corden to Replace Craig Ferguson on ‘Late Late Show’

Craig Ferguson Nears Deal for New Talk Show

Ricky Gervais to Star as David Brent in ‘Office’ Movie Sequel

Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ Takes Flight at Universal

‘Motown’ to Leave and Come Back

Emma Stone In Talks to Replace Michelle Williams in Broadway ‘Cabaret’

Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Comedian, Dies at 63

Robin Williams Had Parkinsons Disease His Widow Says

Actor and Director Richard Attenborough Dies Aged 90

Menahem Golan, Producer of 1980s Action Movies, Dies at 85

Lauren Bacall, Legendary Actress, Dies at 89