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Emmys? Already? The exercise in tedium gets even LONGER

There's almost nothing less significant in the world of entertainment than winning one of the hundreds Emmy of Emmys awarded each year. Well, okay, one of the thousands of nominees for an Emmy is even less significant. And now, we're on the verge of a whole new dimension of pointlessness: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which runs the Emmys, is considering releasing a list of shows ALMOST nominated for an Emmy.

No kidding. Because GoldDerby.com, a show-biz award site run by my pal Tom O'Neil, has managed to obtain a list of the top 10 vote-getters the past couple of years, the academy may release the list itself Friday, a week after the first round of voting ended. Tom, an intelligent, energetic and resourceful journalist whose troubling obsession with the Emmys sometimes makes me wonder if he's been zapped by some kind of mind-control ray from a passing UFO, writes that "it's a good idea to disclose the top 10 finalists in order to increase interest and excitement in the annual Emmy derby." If he persuades the academy, I'm guessing the next step will be the release of a list of people who wanted to win Emmys.

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