What are the quickest ways to win an Emmy?
Montgomery cites examples like "Host an awards show," citing how Neil Patrick Harris failed to win an Emmy year after year for "How I Met Your Mother," but claimed one for emceeing the Tonys. Other examples: "Write a song with Andy Samberg" (Justin Timberlake) and "Host a parade" (Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Ripa). Below are some additions by our message-board commentators:
adamunc: Be a Known-Name Actress and Get a Scenery-Chewing Guest Shot on "Law & Order: SVU." (Unless you're Angela Lansbury.)
thesmartone: Tell that to Debra Messing.
Beau Salant: Announce the Emmy Nominees, Compete Against Sofia Vergara, Be a Dramatic Actress from Showtime in a Comedy Category, Give Birth on TV, Die/Battle a Disease on TV
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: Jennifer Aniston lost best comedy actress twice at the Emmys, but finally prevailed in 2002 with the "Friends" episode submission "The One Where Rachel Has a Baby." Credit: NBC