|16th July 2001, 03:19 AM||#1 (permalink)|
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SciFi Update reports:
WB Fuming over Buffy Snub
The WB fumed over its complete shut-out in this week's prime-time Emmy nominations, particularly for its outgoing Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, Variety reported. The snub came despite an extensive Buffy campaign by producer 20th Century Fox TV and the show's fans, who paid for ads in trade papers touting the critically acclaimed episode "The Body," Variety reported.
"If Catcher in the Rye were released today, Academy members would look at the book and consider it a dime-store paperback," WB Entertainment president Jordan Levin told the trade paper. "The academy is totally out of step with the viewing public. Every report I heard this morning listed the same old boring shows." :evil:
TV academy chair Meryl Marshall-Daniels disagreed. "The process is a tough one," she told Variety. "The WB has some superb programming, and there's no reason why that shouldn't be reflected somewhere. It's tough to break through the consciousness of a significant body of professionals." Buffy moves to UPN from The WB in the fall.
Meanwhile, Marti Noxon--who executive produces Buffy with creator Joss Whedon--told The Hollywood Reporter that the shutout has spurred her to campaign to get more of her younger industry friends and colleagues to sign up for membership in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. "To a very large extent, and this is just my opinion, the audience for our show skews to a younger [demographic] than typified by the academy membership," Noxon told the trade paper. "But my response to the total Emmy shutout is to get every younger writer I know to sign up for the academy. I became a voting member myself, because I felt that we need to make our voices heard. This is not meant as any disrespect to the shows that win, but it would be great to see newer, younger-skewing shows showing up in the nominations more often."
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