(Introducing “Three More Thoughts,” a new feature on my blog. In each post, I’ll include a link to my article for The Eagle about a particular topic – in this case, the Emmy awards. Then, I’ll add three more thoughts – hence the title – that didn’t make it into my initial piece.)
Even though the show was honoring the best of television, last night’s Emmy Awards telecast was decidedly not the best of television. Read on my for piece at The Eagle, plus my three additional thoughts.
“Breaking Bad and Modern Family took home the top prizes for Outstanding Drama and Comedy Series at the Emmy Awards last night. It was a night of surprise winners, technical difficulties and awkwardly integrated musical performances. Neil Patrick Harris hosted as well as he could, under the circumstances, but even the magical NPH couldn’t atone for the many sins of this year’s Emmys telecast.”
Read the rest here. And read on for three more thoughts!
Three More Thoughts:
1. Though the opening bit wasn’t particularly funny, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon in particular gave it their all. Similarly, Harris kept his energy up even when the jokes he had to read were as hacky and lazy as the shameless Paula Deen dig. I have to fault the show’s writers more than the performers – I simply don’t understand why anyone would hire Harris, O’Brien, Fallon, Kevin Spacey, Jane Lynch and Jimmy Kimmel and then fail to give them anything even moderately funny to say or do. That bit had no punchline and accomplished little but time-killing. (Last night’s show made the accomplishments of the Tony Awards writing team even more commendable. Harris’ “The Number in the Middle of the Show” was fine, but his most recent Tony Awards opening was approximately one billion times more clever.)
2. The show was also filled with inexcusable technical errors. Prompters went out! Speeches were cut short! Presenters didn’t know which way to look or who should talk first! The show fumbled even the most basic aspects of producing an awards show, and it certainly didn’t allow space for the transcendent moments that crystallize these shows in our collective memory. As for the news that the producers nixed a montage of the top TV moments of the year? Ridiculous. Montages aren’t exactly high art, but the show could have used a stronger focus on, you know, actual TV shows.
3. In the interest of fairness, I should acknowledge a few more good moments. Tony Hale’s (planned) performance during Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ acceptance speech convinced me to tweet that the Artist Formerly Known as Buster Bluth and Emmett Millbarge should host next year’s show. Of course, then he’ll have to read out the lame jokes the writers concoct, so maybe that’s not the best idea after all. Elsewhere, I appreciated “The Ryan Seacrest Center for Excessive Hosting,” although it would have been much funnier had Seacrest actually appeared in the bit. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler stopped by during the opening number to be chummy and remind us that they need to host the Golden Globes again. (Fey told reporters on the red carpet that NBC had invited them and that she would talk to Poehler about it during the show. Let’s hope that conversation went well.)
Now enough about the Emmys. Let’s not take them too seriously. Good TV is good TV, and life’s too short to complain that an awards show wasn’t as good as it should have been (even though it’s true).
In that spirit…anyone want to start an Emmys pool for next year? I vote Bryan Cranston.