This weekend I spent 10 hours watching tv dramas on Sunday and about 5 hours watching comedies for the EMMY folk to narrow it down to 5 finalist.
After everyone in the Academy (TV not Police) vote on all the shows - the top ten are picked and a blue ribbon panel of volunteers watches them all and ranks them ten to one. Ten being the best.
The popular vote (ie-the votes from all members who sent in their ballots) and the blue ribbon votes both count as 50% each.
The system is flawed. Each series sends In one episode. the whole season is based on the one episode. They have a sheet of paper with a description, but seriously, no one reads them. So if you never seen Tutors or Lost, it's hard to know what's happening. Or care about a fully developed character.
Without giving away what was there - a couple of shows that I had no idea about took a second to catch on. Still I couldn't help but think the show would be better if I had a relationship with the characters and appreciated how they acted.
Update: Now I can give it away...
Top 10 Comedy Series Finalists
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Flight of the Conchords
Two and a Half Men
Top 10 Drama Series Finalists
Friday Night Lights
This might explain why the Sopranos lost many times to "West Wing." Episodes in the mob show worked as chapters leading up to the big (and sometimes disappointing) ending.
West Wingers is a very well written show that can be contained into one episode. That must of helped.
Should 100 people watch 22 hours of each of the 5 or 10 nominated shows? I don't know.
The people running the everything did a great job. I just think the whole system needs an overhaul.