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The TV Land Awards: 12 Hours of Self-Congratulation

by Mindy Monez April 27, 2009 9:45 am
<i>The TV Land Awards</i>: 12 Hours of Self-Congratulation The Neil Patrick Harris-hosted TV Land Awards aired last night, and the show was... well, it was too damn long, is what it was! Almost two and a half hours? I'm not saying there weren't some entertaining moments in there, but overall the thing was brutal, I don't care how fierce Katey Sagal looked (really, really fierce, but that's not the point). Here are my personal bids for best and worst moments of the night.

Best:
-- The opener, in which NPH was transplanted into classic TV shows wasn't really knee-slapping hilarious, but it was pretty delightful. The Rod Serling eyebrows made me laugh, and his Charles Nelson Reilly impression isn't nearly as good as Alec Baldwin's, but I loved it anyway.
-- "I thank you, and my mustache thanks you." -- Tom Selleck.
-- The Knots Landing clip reel. "You. Are. Suchaslut." had me rolling in my living room. I've never seen the show (it was just slightly before my time), but I definitely want to now.
-- Alan Alda was the Jack Nicholson of the night, grinning adorably and laughing big at everybody's jokes. He was loving every minute of that show! He was bizzaro me!
-- Don Rickles' acceptance speech. That guy is always funny, and always awesome.
-- The Married... With Children reunion. Christina Applegate was cute as a button, Katey Sagal looked incredible, and it really was nice to see them with Ed O'Neil and David Faustino again. I have to admit it got to my sentimental side. Insert obligatory "OMG Ted McGinley was there and the show wasn't cancelled mid-broadcast!" joke here.

Worst:
-- Where the hell was JTT? A Home Improvement reunion without JTT is a Home Improvement reunion not worth having. It was like when Genesis reunited without Peter Gabriel.
-- The running fake blogging gag. Even NPH seemed to regret it. The jokes weren't terrible groaners, but they weren't terribly funny either, and they slowed down the show.
-- Oh my god, the Sid and Marty Krofft tribute. I know people always say things are like an acid trip, and that's a very easy joke to make, but I just don't know how else to describe it! It was so long and weird, and there was a handwalker and a Barry Williams and a green squid with leaves on top and everything! Thank god for Amy Poehler's "That happened, right?" comment about how insane it was; I was afraid I was alone on that.
-- Alan Alda is awesome (as I stated above), but him grabbing MASH's Hot Lips and kissing her was cringe-tastic. Nobody likes when men do that on awards show stages, Alda!
-- Earth, Wind & Fire is for crappy wedding DJs only. Why were they there?
-- The whole premise of the show, which is just basically awarding shows that have already been endlessly rewarded in some way or another. ER has like 6,000 Emmys, MASH is universally regarded as one of the best and most important shows in the history of television, Two and a Half Men is the biggest sitcom around, and I took an entire class on Married... With Children in college. It was just a little superfluous, is all. Harmless fun, but also unnecessary. And way too long.

Your thoughts on the show? Leave 'em in the comments.

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