The Emmys have dropped the Theme Song Category!
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced yesterday that the music category of “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music” will be dropped and replaced with “Outstanding Music Composition for a Non-fiction Program.” Citing less and less entries in the field, there will be no “Best Theme Song” next year.
Boo, says I!
I love tv theme songs. Last year the winner was PBS’ Great Performances:
Which makes sense, since John (“Yeah, I Did That One Too”) Williams wrote it. Great TV themes endure far beyond the actual show. “The Brady Bunch” theme song is probably the greatest sitcom theme for three reasons: 1- it completely explains the show, 2- it’s sung by the cast, 3- it’s astoundingly catchy.
For a perfect 80s theme song, and one of the best Chicago-related songs, here’s “Perfect Strangers”:
So, goodbye theme songs. We’ll probably only see/hear you on DVDs from now on. For however long those exist…
Here’s one of my all-time favorite theme songs. For sheer insanity and what-the-hell-am-I-watching… it’s “The Lost Saucer”: