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TV Notes: Winners will be recognized even if Emmys aren't aired

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

If CBS decides against a third attempt at airing this year's Emmy Awards, then plans will be made for another way to honor the winners, Emmy organizers said.

"If they want to have a show, we'll go ahead with it," said Jim Chabin, president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. "If they don't, we'll proceed with distributing the Emmys at a dinner or press conference, an appropriate venue."

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were to have aired Sunday on CBS but the network and academy called off the ceremony after U.S. and British attacks on Afghanistan. The ceremony already had been postponed three weeks, from its original Sept. 16 airdate, because of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

CBS programming executives and academy officials met Monday to discuss the show's fate. CBS Television president Leslie Moonves' decision is expected this week.

Asked whether CBS would have to pay the multimillion-dollar license fee to the TV academy if the ceremony isn't shown, CBS spokesman Chris Ender would not comment.

Moonves acknowledged Sunday that many in the industry, including producers and casts of TV shows, had called to express reluctance at taking part in the ceremony.

"Malcolm in the Middle" producer Linwood Boomer said the idea that terrorists would focus on what he called "TV people" was "just ludicrous on the face of it. But trying to fight self-importance in Hollywood is a lost cause."
-- Lynn Elber, Associated Press

Local on 'Link'

Bob Reppe, an urban designer for the City of Pittsburgh, won $70,000 on NBC's "Weakest Link" Monday night. In the process, he found himself on the stinging end of host Anne Robinson's trademark barbs.

"I got pretty much beat up by her and everybody on the show," said Reppe, 31. "It was pretty humorous."

He auditioned when "Weakest Link" producers came to Pittsburgh in June and filmed his segment in early August. He was able to keep the secret of his win even from his wife, Cindy, who is pregnant with the couple's first child.

"It was kind of fun not telling people," Reppe said.
-- Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

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