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Will anyone watch the Emmys?

  • The 65th Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES — There is a decent matchup Sunday between the Steelers and Bears on NBC's Sunday Night Football. Showtime has series finale of “Dexter” — which will tell us the fate of everyone's favorite serial killer. On AMC it will be only penultimate “Breaking Bad,” as Walt has not only gone off the deep end, but is digging a very large hole for everyone else.

Fans of those shows aren't going to be content to wait until Monday to find out what happens. And who watches a football game the next day? It's a pretty good night for television — and, oh yeah, the 65th Primetime Emmys are being held at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles; the show will be telecast on CBS.

Sure, fans of “Boardwalk Empire” may be willing to DVR the crime show to see the television industry celebrate itself. But they also may want to watch the program on before it, a rerun of “Beyond the Candelabra.” Speaking of Emmys, the HBO movie has already won eight this year, handed out at last Sunday's Creative Arts Awards. “Boardwalk” took home four, making HBO the biggest winner with a total of 20 that night.

2013 Emmy Award Nominations


Sunday night's ceremony involves the more glamorous categories — best drama, comedy, actresses and actors. So weirdly it comes down to this: Would you rather watch some of the most entertaining stuff on TV or watch people babbling on about the best stuff on TV? The word is that the television Academy is going to move next year's telecast back to late August to avoid nights like this.

With its previous wins, “Candelabra” has a chance to tie HBO's “John Adams” for most Emmys for a movie or miniseries. For the record, going into Sunday's show, HBO's nearest competitor is CBS with 15 wins while NBC has 11. CBS's “Undercover Boss” won best reality show, “South Park” was named best animated show, and “Project Runway's” Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn took the best reality host award. Guest actor/actress categories brought an Emmy to comedy legend Bob Newhart — amazingly his first — for a role on “The Big Bang Theory,” and Oscar-winner Melissa Leo won for a turn on “Louie.”

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