Timberlake and Samberg earn an Emmy nomination for their SNL song…


LOS ANGELES — There are dozens of surprises among the more than 400 Emmy nominees, but none quite like the one we can’t name in this story.

It’s in the Original Music and Lyrics category, a holiday-themed music video that aired last December on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with an off-color title. Performed by Justin Timberlake and “SNL” cast member Andy Samberg, the fake music video describes packaging a certain part of the male anatomy in a gift box and presenting it to a loved one.

We’ll just call it “(Blank) in a Box.”

Given the subject matter, little wonder some of those involved were caught off guard by the TV academy’s acknowledgment.

“I was not aware until this year that there was (such) a category at the Emmys, and I’m not sure whether it’s in the big Emmys or the little Emmys,” observed longtime “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels, “but we were thrilled.”

Actually, the Original Music and Lyrics category is in the “little Emmys,” aka Creative Arts Emmys, to be presented Saturday night and airing Sept. 15 on E!, the night before the Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox.

“I was just super excited that somebody important at some point will have to say (the title) at an otherwise classy broadcast,” said skit co-writer Akiva Schaffer.

“(Blank) in a Box” is up against two songs from “Scrubs,” one from “MADtv” and one from “Family Guy.” If “Box” wins, six co-writers will go home with Emmy gold: Timberlake, Samberg, Schaffer, plus “SNL” mates Katreese Barnes and brothers Jorma and Asa Taccone.

I’ve actually linked to the video in a previous entry, and I have to say it’s a pretty catchy song, if a bit silly. I’m hoping it wins. :-)

EDIT – September 16 10:28 PM – Guess what? It won.