2010 Emmy factoids
EmptyLive from L.A. Live: NBC's Aug. 29 Emmy telecast from the Nokia Theatre will air simultaneously on both coasts for this first time since 1976, preventing any spoilers via Twitter or Facebook. "In this age of instant communication, news gets old pretty fast," ATAS head John Shaffner says.
All in the Family: NBC late-night star Jimmy Fallon's first-time hosting gig continues a recent trend of networks keeping the Emmy job in-house. Neil Patrick Harris (CBS' "How I Met Your Mother") steered last year's CBS telecast; Ryan Seacrest (Fox's "American Idol") hosted on Fox in 2007; and Fallon's predecessor on "Late Night," Conan O'Brien, presided over NBC telecasts in 2002 and 2006.
Bart vs. Yoda: Among Emmy rule changes, there are no longer separate categories for half-hour and hourlong (or longer) animated series. This means shows like "The Simpsons" will now go head-to-head with the likes of "Star Wars: Clone Wars."