Emmy could not escape criticism

An estimated 14 million viewers watched the triumphs of HBO's The Sopranos and Angels in America on the Emmy Awards on Sunday night on ABC - an alarmingly low number for what is supposed to be television's big night.

If those preliminary Nielsen &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/usa/2001/10/11/17799.html' target=_blank>Media Research numbers hold up, that would represent the smallest American audience for the Emmys since 12.3 million saw it in 1990 on Fox - at the time a new network that many people weren't used to seeking out, wrote National Post Canada.

According to the CNN News, in the past, the spotlight of Emmy wins helped turn such Nielsen underachievers as "All in the Family," "Hill Street Blues" and "Cheers" into legends of the small screen. But "Arrested Development" is fighting for its life in a very different television landscape, where the average viewer has no fewer than 70 channels to chose from, among myriad other entertainment options.

"Hopefully, [these wins] will bring more exposure and a bigger audience and let more people find out about it," said Mitchell Hurwitz, a sitcom veteran who created and executive produces "Arrested" for Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV.

In addition to best comedy, "Arrested" nabbed the trophies for comedy series writing, for the Hurwitz-penned pilot episode and for comedy series direction, for the pilot helmed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo.

&to=http:// english.pravda.ru/region/2001/10/19/18619.html' target=_blank>Backstage, Shandling said he understood producers wanting to bring the telecast in on time, but added that he wasn't a fan of winners being played off.

"I say we lock the doors and go all night," Shandling told reporters--a quip delivered with a straight face.

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