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By RD Heldenfels Published: July 22, 2006

Because of the heat in Pasadena, NBC's evening event was delayed for an hour, which gave me a chance to take a longer-than-at-first planned nap from which I have just emerged. I don't think I'm alone in feeling dragged either. Even during press conferences for shows a lot of people like, the pace has felt slower, the undercurrent of crankiness a little stronger.

Still, the potential argument over the Emmys was less intense than it might have been, say, the day after the nominations were announced. Not that people didn't care. More that any admission of real wrongdoing on the Emmy people's part -- let alone contrition -- was obviously not going to happen. The TV academy has a system that bases nominations on a small sample of what a show or actor has actually done, and then offers those choices to viewers and critics who have spent far more hours following a show, often for an entire season.

The key dialogue went like this:

Reporter: ''Do you honestly believe that the Emmy nominations represent the best of television
last season?''

Emmy Mouthpiece: ''I believe that the Emmy nominations really represent the best works that were submitted (for Emmy consideration) ... for last season.''

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