Emmy Awards Q&A

Sun Staff

David Zurawik, The Sun's television critic, answers your questions

Tanya, Pikesville: Who will be this year's most deserving nominee who won't win?

David Zurawik: Hi, Tanya. I'm thinking James Gandolfini from "The Sopranos." Friends in Los Angeleswho saw the entry tapes say he entered a lousy episode.

Lloyd Nicholls, Glen Burnie: Will the broadcast networks ever be able to compete with the cable nets again in terms of program quality?

David Zurawik: Hi, Lloyd. I have a story running Sunday which answers that at some length. The shortanswer is no, they will not. But that is mainly because they don't want to. Their parent companies want them to pursue cost-effective, not necessarily quality, programming.

David Walsh, Towson: What will be the thing to watch for Sunday night?

David Zurawik: Hi, David. Look to see if Sarah Jessica Parker finally wins for best comedy actress.Should be a big emotional moment. Also, will "Angels in America" (HBO) top "Roots" (nine Emmys) for all time mini-series winner. The main story is how dominant is HBO?

Mirian Cruz, Union Bridge: Who should have been nominated but wasn't?

David Zurawik: Hi, Mirian. I could be acting as hometown booster here, but I definitely think "The Wire" (HBO) deserved nominations for writing if nothing else.

Kevin, Baltimore: What would have been your five nominees for best comedy series and best drama series?

David Zurawik: Best Dramas: "The Sopranos," "24," "Joan of Arcadia," "The Wire" and "Law & Order." Bestcomedies: "Sex and the City," "Monk," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Curb Your Enthusiam" and "Will & Grace."

Brian, Owings Mills: If there were awards for worst comedy series, drama series, actors and actresses, who would "win?"

David Zurawik: The worst comedy last year was "The Mullets" on UPN. The worst drama "The Stones" on CBS. The really bad ones tend to get canceled so fast you barely remember them.

Ben, Towson: Will Sarah Jessica Parker and "Sex and the City" win just because the show ended, and is that fair?

David Zurawik: I don't think she will win just because the show has ended. As one Hollywoodproducer friend put it this week, "Gone is mostly forgotten in this business." But I think she might win as a tribute to what she accomplished across the run of the series. Finally, the biggest reason she might win, according to folks who saw the entry cassettes, is that she finally chose an epsiode as her entry that was a winner -- the last part of the final epsiode of the series in Paris. Thanks.

Jeff, Columbia: With "Friends," "Frasier," "Sex and the City" gone, and "Raymond" and "Will & Grace" nearing the end, what will be the Emmy nominated comedies in the next few years?

David Zurawik: That's a good question, because comedy seems to be an all but exhausted genre. I suspect it will come back. But if you conbsider "Monk" (USA) a comedy (and I do), that is one right now that is as good as it has everbeen on television. I love that show. Other critics love "Arrested Development" more than I do, but it is taking some chances. I haven't seen any good sitcoms this season, but I know producers are trying to re-invent the formula, and if you look across the 50 years history of prime time, they are usually very good at doing that. Think back to 1984 and the way "The Cosby Show" re-generated the genre.

Flannery, Towson: Was there a person named Emmy that the award is named for?

David Zurawik: There was not a woman named Emmy, but I have yet to track down the origin ofthe term. I have a call into Tom O'Neil who wrote the book on the Emmys,and I'll email you with the answer as soon as I get it. Sorry for the delay.

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