The Emmy Awards on ABC TV this Sunday, Sept. 10 

The Emmys: Maybe We'll Survive

The good news is that Sue, Rich and Jeff - the people we learned to hate the most on "Survivor" — are nowhere to be found on the list of this year's Emmy nominees. That's not to say, however, that somebody from the summer's big hit might not show up in some capacity when the Emmy Awards are telecast on ABC TV this Sunday, Sept. 10, from 8 p.m. until whenever.

The bad news is that having "Survivor" in the mix might have added some oomph to the telecast. With the exception of "The West Wing," it's hard to get excited about any of the nominees for Outstanding Drama Series or Outstanding Comedy Series. (Which category would "Survivor" best fit into, one wonders.)

Nominated for Outstanding Drama are "ER," "Law & Order," "The Practice," "The Sopranos" and "The West Wing." The latter - one of the most interesting new shows since "ER" — is the lone newcomer to make it into the category.

The nominees for Outstanding Comedy are just as old hat. They are "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Frasier," "Friends," "Sex And The City" and "Will & Grace." There's not a lot of excitement to be generated there, either.

The rest of the top categories - best comedy and drama actresses and best comedy and drama actors - don't hold much excitement either, except perhaps for Michael J. Fox's nomination. It's probably a safe bet that he'll win in his category.

Don't look for host Garry Shandling to be able to save this year's awards from terminal boredom, either. His dry wit isn't the kind that will keep viewers hanging in there for three solid hours or more.

As those of us who watched a lot of "Survivor" used to say when things began to flag a bit, "It's time to cue the

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