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Emmys to Drop Theme Song Category

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 20th 2010 10:19AM
EmmyWe've all gotten used to modern TV shows either not having a theme song at all or having just a few seconds of one. Now it looks like the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has gotten used to it, too -- so much, in fact, that its not even going to honor them anymore.

In one of several changes to next year's award show, the Academy has gotten rid of the award for Best Main Title Theme, due to the "decreasing number of traditional television main title theme music."

This seems very short-sighted to me. Is the Academy saying that theme songs aren't important to TV shows? Will it suddenly put the award back if more and more TV shows start having theme songs again? Also, even though we can all agree that there aren't enough theme songs on TV shows these days, aren't there still enough to justify keeping the award? It seems like a strange decision. There are still enough shows that actually have theme songs so the Academy ought to keep the award, and I hate the fact that its basically saying that theme songs aren't important so it's no big deal if a show has them or not.

Other changes: Half-hour and one-hour animation categories are now one category, and the Academy has also decided that a person or a group of people can be nominated in the same category as long as the nominations are for different shows.

Tell us: What do you think about the the new changes?

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Not a good idea Jenn, it will take the right show with the right theme song to prove this to you and bring back the award. It is just a matter of time that someone will make a hit song and use it for a T.V. Series and the show will make the song and the song will make the show. That's when the emmys will have to jump back on board and give credit where credit is due. I advise you Jenn to do everything in your powers to keep this award because every show needs a theme song, that is what makes viewers aware that their show is on, the opening theme. Just my opinion, thanks for listening.

May 19 2011 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

awww man, I was hoping Human Target would have a few chances of winning in this category, if nominated

April 20 2010 at 11:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

MEOW! Jenn

How do you really feel about the article?

April 20 2010 at 10:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They NEVER said theme songsweren't important - READ THE ARTICLE!!!

Back in the day there WERE full theme songs you could still remember the words to. Now shows don't have any theme songs to identify each show- they just play a few seconds of music not a 'song' that woudl be considered a theme song for shows anymore - that's why they're stopping the category - because they don't exist anymore - so to PRESREVE the memory of those great shows & songs - they are stopping the category to award someone for 'theme song' when it's a couple notes during the creditsi s never the same and isn't anything that sticks in your head or has any song to remind you of that show specifically. I'm a member of the Academy - so until you actually read it - they are NOT at all demeaning the 'memory of the songs of shows past' that we all remember.

When you read a story use your mind don't just sound out the letters and maybe you'll get it right nex time & don't speak so much on something you clearly didn't understand. GO start with Red Fish Blue Fish and maybe you'll build up to being able to read grown up material and understand it before you comment out your a**

April 20 2010 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Truth is, Jenn, that excluding the category from the awards does nothing to encourage TV shows to have a theme, let a alone a memorable one, thus admitting that theme songs aren't important to a TV show.

Your point about them trying to preserve the memory of the history of theme songs is, to say the least, naive. The themes are popular enough not to need some award to remind us of them. Also, there are still plenty of shows that use theme songs, and not all of them are just a couple of notes long(and by the way, they don't have to have lyrics, or "words" as you call them).

Lastly, please, if you are indeed a member of the Academy, you should learn to use "we" instead of "they".

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April 21 2010 at 5:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's basically saying theme songs aren't important, thus overlooking decades of memorable themes (think Cheers, The Simpsons, Dallas, X-files, Mission:Impossible and so on)

As long as there are still enough theme songs around, why not keep the award, it even serves as encouragement for shows to have a theme song.

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April 20 2010 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's very sad about theme songs/main title music. I grew up with these, and they're too important to just fade away. There's no better way to set the tone for your series in under a minute. I was hoping they would come back one of these days. It seems like there are still enough around to justify the category, especially with HBO still using them.

There's one-hour animation?

April 20 2010 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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