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Primetime Emmys Bring Network TV’s Challenges Into Sharp Focus

Even before the Primetime Emmys opened with a musical number by Neil Patrick Harris, the show’s host — who also served as co-producer — was a lamenting the death of network television.

“This may very well be the last year they’re on a network show,” Harris told New York magazine in a a profile featured in last week’s issue. “This wheel contract they have, where each year a different network gets the show, as the ratings decline it becomes less of a good thing to ‘get it.’ It’s a very expensive show. Which means they have to get more ad revenue. Ads are less expensive, because ratings are down. So you have to do more ads, which makes the show smaller…and finally someone will do it on cable, where there won’t be any commercials. Which will be a wonderful show. Our three-hour show is only two hours and five minutes long, due to economics.”

If cable is a better outlet for award shows, is it also a better outlet for award-winning television? It seemed that way as a slew of the first few awards of the night went to basic cable shows — Toni Collette won Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Showtime‘s “United States of Tara,” Glenn Close took home the Best Actress in a Drama Series award for “Damages” on FX, Bryan Cranston won Best Actor in a Drama Series for the second year in a row for his role in AMC‘s “Breaking Bad” and AMC’s “Mad Men” won the drama writing award and Outstanding Drama Series.

But, the networks still had a strong showing. Kristin Chenoweth took home the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series prize for her role in ABC‘s “Pushing Daises,” which was canceled even before nominations were announced. Jon Cryer took home Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for CBS‘s “Two and a Half Men,” Alec Baldwin won for the second year in a row for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for NBC‘s “30 Rock,” which also took home the Outstanding Comedy Series award for the third year running.

Still, the changing world of television as a medium was a prevailing theme throughout the show. At one point, Harris revisited his online persona, Dr. Horrible, to (literally) sing the praises of Internet television over network and cable TV — complete with “buffering” gag.

And in her acceptance speech, “30 Rock” creator and star Tina Fey took a jab at Jay Leno when she thanked NBC brass for not pulling her show off the air, “even though we are so much more expensive than a talk show.”

Even Harris couldn’t help mentioning network TV again in his sign off, telling viewers, “May we see you again on broadcast television again next year.”

After the jump, some Emmy highlights, including the Harris’ Dr. Horrible Sing-a-Long Blog bit.

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Watch the Box: They’re Baaaaack!

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Show Biz is back:

ABC: pickups of nine primetime shows: Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Dirty Sexy Money, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Private Practice, Pushing Daisies, Samantha Who? and Ugly Betty. How many of these are keepers?

CW: new episodes for five series: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, Reaper and Smallville. One of these is not like the others.

A&E: new scripted drama series–Cleaner starring Benjamin Bratt as a guy who makes a deal with God to control his addictions and dedicate his life to help others. Remember when Bratt was sexy?

FX: season two of The Riches, starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver? Remember when she was everywhere?

E!: new reality show with Denise Richards, from Ryan Seacrest Prods. There’s a match made in heaven.

In Defense of the Type-O

julianna-margulies1.jpgTVGuide.com continues its TCA coverage with this funny — if improbable — story from Julianna Margulies:

What’s the secret to getting a big star to return to series television? Try a typo. At least that’s how Fox landed Julianna Margulies, after she inadvertently thought her new show, Canterbury’s Law, was for Fox’s cable network, FX. “I got the pilot and a cover letter, which said FX, because the ‘O’ was missing,” she told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour Monday. “I was incredibly excited to do cable.” Not only did it mean her character of a rebellious attorney could be dark and sexy, she said, but it also meant she would only have to shoot 12 or 13 episodes a season. Margulies balked when she learned the letter was a mistake, and that since it was for a broadcast network, she’d have to shoot 22 episodes a year. But after meeting with producer Jim Serpico and having “a few martinis” with Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Liguori, she was persuaded to sign on. “It was too good to pass up,” she said.

More coverage here.

Emmy Nominations: Tom O’Neil’s Got ‘Em

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The LA Times’ Tom O’Neil is way ahead of the pack on Emmy nominations:

Low-rated critics’ favorite “Friday Night Lights” made the top 10 list of Emmy finalists for best drama series, but “Brothers and Sisters” –packed with Emmy-friendly stars –did not, according to judges reporting to TheEnvelope.com. Other surprises: “Rome” –a canceled show that aired its last episode in March –is included on the drama list, but not two current series that were considered shoo-ins by some Emmywatchers: “Rescue Me” and “The Tudors.”

NBC leads all networks with 6 shows in the two Top 10s. ABC has 5, HBO 4, Showtime 2, Fox 2, CBS 1. FX network was shut out.

O’Neil’s also got some acting nominations, but makes a plea for tips.

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “New Adventures of Old Christine”
America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”
Teri Hatcher, “Desperate Housewives”
Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives”
Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
James Gandolfini, “Sopranos”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Eddie Izzard, “The Riches”
Hugh Laurie, “House”
Kiefer Sutherland, “24″

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Minni Driver, “The Riches”
Edie Falco, “Sopranos”

BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Masi Oka, “Heroes”

BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
CCH Pounder, “The Shield”

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