Slimmed-Down Emmys

Looks like the Emmy Awards are going to do like the Tonys and streamline the show by leaving out some of the less-showy awards. They’ll show the acceptance speeches, taped before the live show, but not the presentation of the awards.

The main criterion seems to be which of the awards would make for the least interesting (no, that’s the wrong word — “ratings-friendly” is more like it) presentation. So that might help explain the otherwise bizarre decision to pre-tape the awards for best writing in a drama but leave the best writing in a comedy award for the show proper. The inevitable 30 Rock victory might produce a funny speech or at least a shout-out to Tina Fey (though she isn’t nominated for any of the four scripts). The equally inevitable Mad Men victory might produce a funny speech, but they wouldn’t be expecting it in advance.