This Sunday’s Emmy awards telecast was a complete disappointment. I was a little concerned when Neil Patrick Harris was announced as the host. He did a great job hosting the Tony’s I reasoned with myself, how bad could it be? It was pretty BAD my friends. The opening sketch featured NPH watching a wall of TV’s with various characters speaking to him, then segued live to Jimmy Kimmel and a mock fight between him and the previous hosts. Yawn. Kevin Spacey’s monologue during the fight made no sense to anyone who does not have Netflix nor seen an episode of House of Cards. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler jokingly telling NPH to take his pants off and “twerk it” was the funniest part of the entire opening.
I was glad when Tina Fey won yet another Emmy for writing 30 Rock and overjoyed for “The Colbert Report” winning best writing for a variety show and Best Variety show. He broke the 10 year winning streak held by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” But that’s where the joy ended. Jeff Daniels for best lead actor in a drama and not Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad” or Jon Hamm for “Mad Men”? Really Emmy voters?
Those memorial tributes sprinkled through the show were depressing. Cory Monteith’s more of a legend than Larry Hagman or Jack Klugman? I think not. Monteith has won no Emmy’s and was at the beginning of his career before overdosing on Heroin. I felt like I was watching the world’s weirdest funeral. Most of the jokes were dead on arrival and every five minutes someone else was talking about somebody else who’d died. They even ran a very long clip of Walter Cronkite announcing JFK’s death. By the time we got to Elton John, my only surprise is that they didn’t have him sing “Candle in the Wind” (about Marilyn Monroe/Princess Diana’s death) while the Emmy dancers did an interpretative dance about the bubonic plague.
Poor Shemar Moore interviewing the winners as they came offstage…he was so awkward I felt bad for him. That entire segment should have been scrapped to give the winners more acceptance speech time. Nathan Fillion and Sarah Silverman (???) doing a musical number made no sense to me at all.
I was disappointed that Kerry Washington did not win for her work on “Scandal and I felt Guillermo Diaz (he plays Huck) should have been nominated on the strength of that waterboarding scene he did in season 2. I’ve never seen House of Lies, but Don Cheadle being snubbed for yet another award is sadly, not a surprise.
The Emmys need to stick to comedians as hosts of the show. NBC relied on Jimmy Fallon in 2010 and Jimmy Kimmel led the festivities last year. I know Letterman is not going to host another award show but CBS, he isn’t the only talented comedian you have on your network. How about Craig Ferguson? I’m just sayin….