Sure, there are worse things than "Lip Sync Battle," which is hosted by LL Cool J and features commentary from model-author-national treasure Chrissy Teigen. It can be enjoyable if you're a fan of the celebrities battling it out in a given episode or when Beyoncé shows up unexpectedly (see: Tatum vs. Dewan-Tatum), but week after week, it's the same old shtick. At the Emmys ceremony this September, the show will go up against more traditional reality shows, including "MythBusters," which ended its 14-season run in March.
Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever has already had the definitive last word on Corden's karaoke joyrides, so I'll just leave this here.
But even outside of these Emmy nominations, we've seen more and more shows that subsist on a never-ending parade of celebrities who are just there to be there. There's NBC's "Hollywood Game Night" and ABC's series of celebrity-themed game show reboots.
Also on ABC: The six-week "musical event" "Greatest Hits," which features celebrities performing songs from various decades. Some performances thrive on mash-ups (a previous episode saw Pitbull perform with REO Speedwagon, because why not?), but the show has also tapped artists to perform their own classic hits — 1990s heartthrob trio Hanson performed an acoustic version of "MMMBop" last week. This week's episode, airing Thursday, will feature Boyz II Men.
"Greatest Hits" at least features musicians actually singing — clips of Fifth Harmony paying homage to Destiny's Child in next week's episode have already made the Internet rounds. But it trades on the same star factor and nostalgia that make people want to tune in to a show like "Lip Sync Battle." And to be fair, they are tuning in: The Tatums and their special guests, also including Paula Abdul, translated into a ratings high for Spike. On YouTube, Channing Tatum's "Run the World (Girls)" has gotten more than 33 million views.
"Lip Sync Battle" and other shows like it are just giving the people — and apparently, the television academy — what they want.