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PREACH IT! Chuck Bass with an Emmy? Why not?

June 3, 2010 |  4:57 pm
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Now here’s a thought that just might make your ascot go all askew: Chuck Bass, holding an Emmy.

House-web The CW, home of shows like "Gossip Girl," "Smallville" and "America’s Next Top Model," has launched its first official Emmy campaign. Which means the network -- on the record -- wants the Emmy people to consider actors like Leighton Meester and Ian Somerhalder alongside the casts of, say, "Mad Men" or "Dexter" or "House M.D."

Now, for the record, nobody knows how to sling sexually laced double entendres while simultaneously riding in the back of a limo -- the CW equivalent of walking and chewing gum at the same time -- like Chuck Bass-portrayer Ed Westwick. But an Emmy? Really?

Actually, yeah. An Emmy. Really.

Observe while Preach it! makes its point and insults the fans of "House" at the same time:

The best thing about "House" isn’t the acting. It’s the writing. It’s watching Hugh Laurie spout lines like, “I know you’re in there; I can hear you caring.” Laurie routinely overplays such bon mots, and yet fans have been outraged year after year when he’s been passed over for an Emmy. Westwick, meanwhile, is given the same kind of love from his show’s writers, but he wisely underplays many of his lines instead of sending them over the top.

Of course neither Laurie or Westwick have anywhere near the set of chops that ...

... Bryan Cranston whipped out for "Breaking Bad" -- a feat that won him the Emmy two years in a row. But Preach It!’s point is this: If it’s between Laurie and Westwick next year, give the Emmy to Westwick.

Andre-crop Here’s another argument in favor of an Emmy for the CW: Andre Leon Talley. He made his reality TV debut this year as a judge for "Top Model," and in mere moments banished all dreckitude, turning the panel room into his own personal salon of fashion history and highbrow taste (rayon graduation robes notwithstanding).

There is no Emmy category for outstanding judging in a reality competition show. But there should be. Talley should be the only nominee -- and the only winner.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Photos, from top: Ed Westwick as Chuck Bass; Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House; Andre Leon Talley as, well, Andre Leon Talley. Credits, from top: Andrew Eccles / The CW; Florian Schneider / Fox; Larry Busacca / Getty Images.

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