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NBC Will Televise Only One Emmy Category in Which 'Conan' Is Nominated

by Chris Jordan, posted Jul 20th 2010 6:04PM
The drama builds for Team Coco and the Emmys.

Conan O'Brien's version of 'The Tonight Show' has been nominated for four awards, which will be handed out Aug. 29 during the Emmy Awards ceremony broadcast on NBC.

Late Monday, 'Conan' writer Deon Cole tweeted this somewhat ambiguous missive:

"NOT 'NBC' but the powers that be has sent us an email saying that the category we are nominated for will not be televised this year! really?'' Cole said.

Cole, along with 19 others including O'Brien, are nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series. Various outlets and bloggers interpreted Cole's tweet as meaning that the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series awarding would not be televised on NBC because it's the category where O'Briens 'Tonight Show' is nominated and Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' is not. Call it a conspiracy theory.

Some, Vulture, for instance, had to do a little backtracking when it was figured out that the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy award would indeed be televised and there was no apparent plot to keep a possible O'Brien acceptance speech off the air.

'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien' is also nominated for Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series. The directing and writing categories were trimmed from the main ceremony last year to streamline the telecast but they will be shown on E!.

It will be an uphill battle to win the big one for Team Coco. 'The Daily Show' has won Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy in each of the last seven years. 'The Colbert Report,' 'Real Time With Bill Maher' and 'Saturday Night Live' are also up for the award.

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