Monday, September 23, 2013

How Do You Spell Emmys? B-o-r-i-n-g!

How can a show like the Emmy be so boring and patly predictable?
I haven't seen the ratings as yet but this snore fest meandered on for hour after hour of Dale Carnegie speeches and self promotion.
The tributes to the dead just didn't work.
Why salute Jonathan Winters, Jean Stapleton and Corey Monteith without showing any clips of their greatness?
And talk about TV icons --why the exclusion of Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman from tributes?
I couldn't understand why the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK was acknowledged at all.
Am I getting cranky or has Neil Patrick Harris emceed one two many awards shows?
The presenters were often paired in weird combinations which made no sense.
And most of the awards given out were patly predictable.
However Breaking Bad did win for best drama series --the first such award.
But I'm thinking it only reminded viewers that a new episode of BB was running directly against the Emmys. I wonder how many fans tuned out to catch it.
When I phoned one TV fan for her reaction she said she was  busy watching a new episode of Foyle's War on PBS's Masterpiece Theater.
Even the audience seemed collectively bored with the whole thing.
But the biggest problem is an Emmy award means nothing.
I dare you to remember the top ten awards winners from last year.
Winning an Emmy never saved a show from rating extinction did it?
My solution: get a comedian up there as host. Will Ferrell brought out his kids and was hilarious.
Thank Harris for his past contributions and retire him immediately.
Now let's look at the biggest trends.
1. The Academy's love affair with Mad Men is over. Jeff Daniels beat Jon Hamm as best actor which was a big surprise.
2. The fact Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Cannavale whipped BB's Aaron Paul and Homeland's Mandy Patinkin for best supporting actor was also a surprise.
3. Netflix garnered its first Emmy for direction of a drama series: House Of Cards.
4. I thought no one could be watching but this bloated spectacle notiched its highest ratings since 2007.
And as they always say that's show biz.

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