Curses! Emmy Bites Buffy Again!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer has
always waged an uphill battle
for Emmy recognition. But
now, not only does the UPN
sleeper have to convince
members of the Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences
that it's more than a freak
show about vampires and
demons and ghouls (oh my!),
it apparently must also remind the Academy that it even exists!
When ATAS sent out nomination ballots earlier this month, there
was a glaring omission in the list of potential contenders in the
drama writing category: Buffy's sublime musical episode, "Once
More with Feeling," penned — punch lines, lyrics and all — by
series creator Joss Whedon. What the hellmouth is going on here?
Human error was apparently to blame, but an ATAS spokesperson insists the problem has
since been resolved. "We sent out a notification to the voters, which allowed them to cast
their vote [for 'Once More with Feeling'] almost immediately," the rep tells TV Guide Online. "It
was basically a supplement to the ballot. The situation was rectified ASAP and there were no
repercussions from it."
Yeah, right. Those close to the situation say the snafu will likely cost Whedon whatever
chance he had of getting noticed by voters. (The glitch will not impact Buffy in other
categories, such as best drama series, nor will it hinder lead actress hopeful Sarah Michelle
Gellar.) "Anybody who's going to get the ballot [will] make their initial picks and send it in,"
suggests a source at Fox, Buffy's production company. "There's always going to be a
percentage of people who are not going to take the time to do what the postcard says, which
is, 'Whoops, there was a mistake. Please consider ["Once More with Feeling"], and if you
want to vote for it, we'll change your ballot.'"
Worse, even Buffy's code-cracking Scooby gang would have a tough time deciphering the
addendum that the Academy mailed out, says goldderby.com award-show guru Tom O'Neil.
"It entailed such an extraordinary effort that it was unlikely the voters would do it even if they
loved the episode. So, it definitely curses its chances."
— Michael Ausiello with Charlie Mason