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Emmys to Keep Theme Song Category

by Scott Harris, posted May 11th 2010 12:00PM
Once upon a time, there was nothing more infectious or catchy than a good TV theme song. From 'Gilligan's Island,' to 'Laverne & Shirley' to 'Cheers,' generations of Americans grew up to the sounds of these culture-shaping classics. Yet in recent years, shows such as 'Lost' have begun changing the way shows come into our homes by ditching traditional openings. Is the era of the theme song finally over?

Well, not so fast. According to Deadline, it looks like theme songs will be sticking around for at least a while longer, as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has voted to keep the Main Title Music category for the Emmy awards.

In fact, it turned out that the vote wasn't particularly close. Proponents of change, who wished to replace the Main Title Music category with the more inclusive Music For a Nonfiction Program category, only managed to scrape up 36 votes for the change against 85 opposed. The plan to scrap the theme song category had been approved by the Academy's Board of Governors, but this vote by the music peer group has put the kibosh on the change.

That means more chances for otherwise overlooked TV gems like 'Pirate Master' to earn coveted Emmy Awards. And it means that for now, anyway, America can keep on humming that tune stuck in its head. Just like always.

For a reminder of how great these theme songs are, here's vocal impresario Josh Groban performing an inspired medley of classic TV themes, from the 2008 Emmy broadcast:

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Sir Yuck-Yuck

good because I like the opening theme music and even the images for Human Target's opening and would like to see Human Target win

May 11 2010 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This Medley is also great, although much smaller:


May 11 2010 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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