Emmys Showcase Broadcast TV’s Irrelevance
Last night the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences preempted NBC’s usual roster of bland Sunday night offerings in order to hand out Emmy statuettes and give it up for themselves. About ten minutes into the broadcast I found myself longing for a self-congratulatory acceptance speech by James Cameron or a thirty minute ramble/cinema history lesson from Uncle Marty!
If you’re a Gleek, this opening skit probably worked for you. However, if you’re not, well most likely you stared at the TV, jaw scraping the shag carpet wondering how they hell they secured the rights to Born to Run. Can someone check on The Boss. I suspect he’s probably tied to a chair somewhere. The only highlights of the overly long and Fallon heavy terrible assault on the senses, wer Jon Hamm backing that thang up on Betty White and Jane Lynch as Sue pelting the overpraised, smug and underwhelming Tina Fey with bright red slushie. If Glee consisted of a weekly dose of Lynch pelting unfunny, overrated comedians with red slushies I’d definitely be inclined to watch the show. Otherwise, based on the opening skit, I’d say, once again I’ve dodged a bullet, or in this case – a slushie.
The Host: Jimmy Fallon
SNL alum Fallon struck all the wrong notes with his stilted between presenter monologues, musical numbers and ill advised attempts to incorporate audience tweets into the broadcast. With all the talented singers/performers available to host – like the frequently utilized Neil Patrick Harris – why do these award shows insist on tapping the well of unfunny, grating, former SNL personalities? Newsflash: that well done run dry, assuming it ever had water in the first place.
Fallon singing a tribute to Lost, one of his few non punishing moments of the telecast:
Edie Falco nabbed the lead actress in a comedy Emmy for her turn as titular Nurse Jackie. She also made history being the first actor to take top acting honors in both comedy and drama (she won a bunch of Emmys for her role as Carmella Soprano!)
Archie Panjabi snagged the best supporting actress Emmy for her work on The Good Wife. I loved her in Bend it like Beckam! La Mommie likes the show, so I guess I’ll probably start watching it.
We were all a lot closer to Kevin Bacon last night when Mrs. Bacon – a.k.a. Kyra Sedgwick – finally took home an Emmy for lead actress in a Drama! Meanwhile Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston took home his third Bryan Cranston award. Mad Men and Modern Family took top series honors – I’m sure you can figure out which show won for which category. Jane Lynch was recognized for her efforts on Glee, though the show itself was shut out of all but two categories; Ryan Murphy picked up an award in some awful Mad Men yourself looking jacket. I guess the academy members aren’t Gleeks!
Here are the rest of the evening’s winners!
Overall, the broadcast would have benefited from significantly more diversity in its presenters – No, Blair Underpants is not enough – less stilted banter and for corn’s sake, RAISE THE FREAKING MIC so folks don’t blow out their backs. I was wincing for Kyra Sedgewick and everyone else who had to contort themselves in order to use the mic. In addition, truly funny bits – like say someone taking that geetar from Fallon and cracking him upside the head with it – would have been much appreciated. Instead we got Fallon doing a terrible stage slap on some chick – played for laughs, because slapping chicks is way hilarious!
Thanks to my fry butt cohorts: Eieioj, Penpusher, RaymondJ and Redlami for hanging in there. A special thanks to our loyal commenter Alicia M for keeping things lively and funny. Had a great time liveblogging with y’all!
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