Emmy Battle: ‘Tonight’ vs. ‘Tonight’

Conan submits his version of the show for Emmy consideration, up against NBC-submitted Leno version

As predicted by TVMoJo weeks ago, there will be two "Tonight Shows" in the hunt for Emmy nominations this year: Jay Leno's version and Conan O'Brien's.

NBC submitted "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" for consideration in the variety series category, reports Tom O'Neil in his Gold Derby blog, while Conan himself submitted his version, which was canceled amidst much media attention earlier this year.

Normally a show's production company is responsible for its Emmy submission. However, since Universal Media Studios produced both versions of "The Tonight Show," it seemed likely its choice would be the show still on the air — Leno's.

TheWrap's Josef Adalian pointed out that the last time the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences actually nominated a Leno-hosted TV series was when "Tonight" got a nomination back in 2003. O'Brien's last at-bat in the show category came in 2007, the same year his version of "Late Night" won for writing in a variety/music/comedy show.

O'Neil says other contenders for nominations, to be announced July 8, are "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," with Fallon set to host "The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards" on Aug. 29; "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," which is on a seven-year winning streak; its offspring "The Colbert Report"; "The Mo'Nique Show," hosted by the Oscar-winning "Precious" actress; and "Real Time With Bill Maher," whose host, according to O'Neil, is the new Susan Lucci — the biggest loser in the history of TV's top award, with 22 defeats and no wins for producing, writing and performance.

  • FionaMunnyGrubber

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  • kay

    That is how you know this thing have no relieved, conan wining for writing, writing that consist of dead air, is laughable.

  • L

    Um, what? I've reread it twice and I'm still trying to figure out what “Kay” is trying to say.

    Anyway. Good for Conan. His writing staff deserves the nomination. And though I like Jimmy Fallon, his Emmy nom. seems a bit premature.

  • Pick Me, Pick Me!

    Really? Conan submits his own show? The ego on this guy. He can't go back to 12:30, can't take responsibility for his show not drawing the audience needed, and now he's blessed with a new home at TBS. While Conan may be a talent (a concession I'm not willing to make), his writers weren't up to snuff for his time slot, and I think it will become very evident at his new network. The last time I looked, honors usually came from your brethren, not from self-nomination. Coco is like the kid who takes his bat and ball, and goes home because he isn't pitching and batting fourth. Only problem is, in the late night wars, other people have equipment. O'Brien needs to man up, realize his show wasn't right for NBC at 11:30, and get on with his life, lest he still be complaining about it 20 years later like Old Man Letterman.