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  • Trent
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    One thing occured to me earlier today: nobody outside of these forums and the entertainment industry have any idea who the people nominated for Emmy’s are.

    I asked six people today if they knew the nominees for Lead Actress in a Comedy this year. All six knew Tina Fey. All but one knew Amy Poehler. Only one knew Edie Falco. None of them knew who Martha Plimpton, Melissa McCarthy or Laura Linney were.

    This is why the Emmy’s are getting lower vierwership than ever. Nobody knows who the hell are nominated for these things.

    Then a though blasted through my mind: what if it wasn’t a check-off ballot? What if voters wrote in names based on what they watch?

    This would decrease the impactability of the name recognition factor, which no doubt got many people (Betty White, Kathy Bates) into categories for shows that nobody really watches.

    If voters could put in their own nominees, it would give them more of an oppurtunity to show off what they really like. If a voter is a fan of Burn Notice, we may see it pop up somewhere. Same goes for Zachary Levi in Chuck.

    Do you think this would be an advantage or a disadvantage? Which nominees would probably be dropped if it was done this way? 

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    I think it is unfair to ask people to remember the names.  I usually have trouble remembering every performance I loved off the top of my head.  Especially, my top 6.  And I am an avid TV watcher.

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    I think it would also be unfair to shows that finished airing early in the eligibility window.

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    Trent
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    Valid points. I think it would depend on what the voter exactly enjoyed.

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    I think that Marcia Cross would have been nominated in 2006 and Stockard Channing would not have been nominated.

    Courtney Cox would have been nominated for Friends and Cougartown.

    I would have led a campaign for Sherri Shepherd for Guest Actress (30 Rock – Season 5) and Harriet Sansom Harris – Seasons 1, 2 and 7 of Desperate Housewives.

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    I’ll go off-topic for a moment. Why were the 2006 nominations so weird anyway. DH’s quality might have dropped in season 2, but other shows that suffered from a quality drop weren’t shut out like DH in its sophomore year. Most recent example being Glee. And the acting wasn’t what depreciated in season 2, so I really don’t understand how they could go from 3 to 0 in Lead Actress within one year.
    Also this was the year Kevin James, Chris Meloni, Will Arnett (a very good surprise, but unexpected) were nominated. Was this all due to the introduction of Top 10 or 15 lists?

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