The Emmy Awards will air on NBC this year, and the network's most famous ex-employee is campaigning for a spot among the nominees.
Sort of, anyway. TBS ran a couple of ads in the showbiz trade papers on Tuesday (June 8) touting ex-"Tonight Show" and future TBS host Conan O'Brien. Only one of the two ads -- the one at the left -- actually mentions the Emmys; the other is a text-only ad that reads, "For your consideration: Conan O'Brien -- Outstanding Achievement in the use of SPF 150."
If nothing else, the ads are a nice way to remind people that O'Brien will be making his debut on TBS on Nov. 8 (there's even a countdown clock on TBS.com). But the potential spectacle of O'Brien being part of the Emmy telecast at his former home would be a huge PR coup for TBS, so there's nothing to lose in promoting his campaign.
It's also entirely possible that O'Brien could be a nominee even without the tongue-in-cheek campaign. He and his "Late Night" staff were perennial nominees for outstanding writing for a comedy/music/variety show, and it's not hard to conceive that his "Tonight Show" writers could earn a nod this time around. The show as a whole is probably a longer shot, but it's not out of the realm of possibility.
We'll find out in a month; the Emmy nominations will be announced on July 8.