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Conan writer tweets outrage over lack of Emmy air time

The Conan O'Brien Gang's Pity Party continues.

One of the late night host's writers has tweeted that they'd just been notified the category in which they were nominated would not be shown during this year's Emmycast on NBC.

Conan O'Brien's staff was nominated for four Emmy awards. (Reuters)

"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?" staff writer Deon Cole tweeted overwrought-ly.

This, in turn, spawned the next chapter in in neverending "The Victimhood of Conan O'Brien" epic, being penned by members of Team Coco in the blog-o-sphere ever since Conan decided to walk from NBC's "Tonight Show" many months ago:

"The torches are lit and the pitch forks have been sharpened. The Coco Army is at the ready my good man!", tweeted mystic_burrito.

"It's cause they'll know [The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien] will win and they don't want to damage NBC's image for letting Conan & you guys go. The [male offspring of unwed parents]," speculated vlumayag.

"Not NBC" but someone with power has kicked us in the [groin] again!" Cole also tweeted -- he had a lot to say on the subject. "The more i know the more u will. stay tune. wow, unbelievable!"

He is NOT referring to this year's derby for Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series in which Conan's "Tonight Show" got nominated while Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" did not -- nor did David Letterman's CBS late night show (for the first time in that program's history).

He's talking about the category known as Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series in which Cole is among the nominees, for his work on Conan's "Tonight Show." Cole also tweeted: "i hear that there will b a meeting about it. stay tune to find out what happens, until then i'm going 2 drink, alot! my first nom.[expletive]."

It's a pity Cole is so far behind in reading his guild's memos. Because, in the days leading up to last year's Emmy broadcast, the writers and directors guilds pounded out a deal with the TV academy in which they agreed that the writing and the directing competitions for best variety, musical or comedy series (aka "VMC's") and VMC specials (think "Kennedy Center Honors") would take turns being part of the televised portion of the two-night Emmy ceremony.

The academy did this as part of its effort to trim the Emmy TV show's mind-numbing number of awards. Last year's Emmycast included the races for best writing and for best directing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Series -- so this year the writers and directors who worked on VMC Specials are getting their turn, when NBC broadcast's this year's Emmy show on Aug. 29.

On the bright side, Mr. Cole's category will be part of the so-called "creative arts awards" portion of the two-night Emmy orgy of trophy dispensing, being held on Aug. 21. E! cable network once again has a deal to telecast a cut-down version of that night's activities. We're guessing E! will be sure to include that particular category of the competition, since the Best VMC Series Writing race usually produces one of the Emmy's funnier moments -- one year, for instance, when Conan's "Late Night" was nominated, his staff's names were shown as he rejected each of their Facebook friend requests.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 20, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
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Clearly this is just a continued part in the mismanagement of NBC. Even if the Academy is going to alternate those awards NBC should have anticipated a public backlash (again) for this and made the proper adjustments. It is amazing to me that those people make so much money to make so many mistakes.

And, I have never been nominated for an Emmy but I imagine if I was I would want it to be televised. Deon Cole is more than okay to vent his frustration.

Posted by: hixeyanne | July 20, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The amount of censored language is ridiculous!

Posted by: subwayguy | July 20, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series is the best award at the Emmys solely because of the creativity that goes into the fake photos of the enormous groups of nominees. They are invariably hilarious.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 20, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a writer? He has terrible grammar. Even for Twitter...

Posted by: mcraven1 | July 20, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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