The Emmy Awards are now officially irrelevant. How else to explain a competition within the awards show? Here's the word from CBS (and I'm all ready to hear von Stade do those swoopy ''Star Trek'' notes):
Television fans will "get in tune" with this year's Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast with ... a new contest in tribute to television's favorite theme songs entitled "Emmy Idol," with performances by Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars"), Gary Dourdan ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"), Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Macy Gray, Emmy Award winner and current nominee Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace"), Emmy Award winner and current nominee William Shatner ("Boston Legal"), real estate mogul and current Emmy nominee Donald Trump ("The Apprentice") and famed opera star Frederica von Stade. THE 57TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS will be broadcast from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 18 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Throughout the show, in an "American Idol"-esque contest entitled "Emmy Idol," today's top television and music personalities will trigger fans' memories of some of their favorite television theme songs. Bell will perform the theme song from "Fame." Dourdan and Gray will join forces to perform "Movin' On Up" from "The Jeffersons." Mullally and Trump will together perform the theme song from "Green Acres." Shatner and von Stade will team up to perform the theme to "Star Trek." During the live broadcast, viewers can log onto www.cbs.com to vote for their favorite of the theme songs performed during "Emmy Idol." They will also be able to vote via text message. The winner will be announced toward the end of the broadcast.