Pettiness in TV Land

What Everyone Is Talking About

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Things are sure getting heated out there, and not because of the summer weather. In TV land, pettiness is on full display, with several grudge matches being played out around the Emmys.
Careful who you snub, Emmys!
Careful who you snub, Emmys! Credit: AP

The Television Critics Association Awards were given out Sunday night in Pasadena, Calif., and most of the coverage crowed about the wins that went to ABC's "Lost" and NBC's "My Name Is Earl," two shows ignored by voters for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which hands out the Emmys.

ABC is annoyed it didn't get any Emmy nominations for its hits "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" -- so upset, says the New York Post, that it plans to counterprogram the TV debut of "Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" against NBC's airing of the Emmy ceremony. Usually TV networks air reruns on Emmy night, in deference to the awards, and save popular movies for sweeps period.

The New York Post, however, isn't immune to pettiness. Last night Bravo debuted its six-part "Tabloid Wars," a docudrama that follows rival New York Daily News reporters as they chase scoops in the big city and has gotten an enormous amount of buzz in media circles. What did the Post put in its TV listings for Bravo's Monday 9 p.m. slot? Paid programming.
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