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As if August weren't crummy enough, it's Emmy time

It's not a mirage -- or hallucination -- brought on by the August heat: Those really are the Emmy awards Emmy being handed out on NBC Sunday. And if you're wondering why they're being staged nearly a month ahead of schedule, there are 8.7 million good reasons. That's the difference between the number of viewers (13.3 million) for last year's Emmys, which aired on CBS, and the viewers for the NFL game (22 million) scheduled against it on NBC.

NBC executives may not know much about drama, comedy, plot, dialogue, good taste or any of the other minor details attending to the TV business, but their money-counting skills are sound. When the Emmys rotated to their network this year, they decided to move up the telecast rather than have to blow off a lucrative Sunday-night football game. And only an Emmy grinch would point out that the last time the awards were staged in August, they lost 2.5 million viewers who never returned.

Anyway, my picks for the major awards appear in Sunday's Miami Herald along with detailed descriptions of each of the 512 nominees. OK, OK, that's a joke -- not the 512 number, which is honest-to-God real, but we don't have a detailed description of each one. Sorry, but words just failed me when I came to The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack or Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil in the Outstanding Short-format Animated Program category. Maybe next year. Read the ones I really did pick in Sunday's Miami Herald.

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