Emmys tune in to musicals

Lyrical numbers find strong online audience

Emmy might want to bring back the production number this year, thanks to the nominations for some out-there musical parodies.

“Dick in a Box,” the raucous Justin Timberlake-Andy Samberg collaboration from “Saturday Night Live” that became an Internet sensation, has been nominated in the music and lyrics category. While NBC bleeped out the word “dick” on the air, the Peacock posted an uncensored version on its website and YouTube — and saw traffic soar.

Timberlake and Samberg are both nominated for their work on the song, along with Jorma Taccone, Katreese Barnes, Asa Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.

Another NBC-broadcast musical number that became big on the web — “Guy Love,” from a special musical episode of “Scrubs” — also nabbed a nom in the music and lyrics category. The “Scrubs” seg proved popular with Emmy voters, with the song “Everything Comes Down to Poo” also generating a nom, and Jan Stevens getting nominated for musical direction.

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