This morning when I hopped online to check out the rest of the world's post-Emmys reactions, I noticed mostly the stuff I expected to see -- the five hosts were crap, Bryan Cranston's win was an upset, yay Mad Men, etc -- but one thing I noticed from both my friends and blog commenters from around the Interwebs was a 30 Rock backlash I didn't even know existed. Well, I'm here to tell you why 30 Rock deserved its Best Comedy Series win last night, detractors!
The Emmys can just be so dull and predictable... or just outright boring. Does anyone remember last year's never ending Sopranos tribute complete with Jersey Boys singing? Yeah. This year they are trying to spice things up by having Josh Groban sing classic theme songs (yup, Friends is now classic), presenters recite memorable TV lines ("Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"), recreating famous sets and reuniting stars of classic shows. Sounds like a lot is going on, but we've got some of our own ideas about how they could really make this show unforgettable, and, most importantly, watchable.
Yeah, you know the deal with this whole nominating thing by now, but if I were in the cast of Lost, I don't think I'd want to be around Terry O'Quinn today. The talented actor didn't make the short list of potential Supporting Drama Actor Emmy nominees for his role as knife enthusiast John Locke on Lost. It's kind of a surprise since he won the thing last year, but I'm guessing he was out creepy guyed by Michael Emerson's Ben. If you can only put one intense dude from a show on the list, he'd be the one this time around. Still, I'm surprised to see Naveen Andrews on this list. Not that he's not great, just that if I were picking another Lostie (which I guess is what Tubeys are for...) I would have picked Henry Ian Cusick for his heartbreaking work in "The Constant" episode.
So here's something we're going to have to sit through on the night of September 21st. It's been announced that Josh Groban will perform a sizeable medley of classic TV themes on this year's Primetime Emmy broadcast. I can't think of too many TV themes that really lend themselves to classical voice, so this is easily my early prediction of the night's most horrifying moment. It's going to be like when the AMDA kids show up to karaoke bars in Manhattan and belt out "You Raise Me Up" with zero irony. For all you non-New Yorkers, just think of that community theater girl you know who always massacres "Come on Eileen" by refusing to move out of her head voice when you play SingStar -- it's like that. All of the above is so annoying it actually makes me yearn for the grizzled crooning of Michael McDonald. I mean, jesus, Clay Aiken would be less inappropriate than this. Though I guess I never thought the Primetime Emmys could actually make me yearn for Michael McDonald or Clay Aiken so, well-played, Groban.
I hate Emmy nomination announcement morning. I come in to work all full of summer happiness and then end up feeling annoyed for the rest of the day. Every. Single. Year. I knew it was going to happen based on the short lists, but still, how is Boston Legal still considered one of the best shows on television? It certainly isn't better than The Wire. I'm about ready to throw in the towel on this antiquated awards show. Either that or start a vigilante group to go after nomination voters in the night. Oh, that's a great idea for a reality show. Irritated television critic goes crazy and starts posting pictures of Dexter in people's homes, threatening that he'll come after them unless they start choosing better shows. That said, I am happy that Dexter made the list, and even happier that Grey's Anatomy didn't.
Well, it was certainly a mixed bag of winners and losers tonight. Some predictable, some upsets, some things that had me cheering and some that just had me upset. Anyway below is the list of the newly-minted award winners.Outstanding Drama Series - Mad Men
That's the big stuff. After the jump are the other awards that they gave out during the broadcast.
Apparently, this year being the first year that reality show hosts are eligible for Emmy awards isn't good enough for some people. DHD has reported that, according to a "reliable source," the hosts of this year's Emmy awards ceremony will be not one, not two, not three, not six, but all five of the nominees in the Reality Host category. So if you usually watch the show to escape reality TV (despite the fact that it... is... reality TV), you're S.O.L. But if you love reality TV and want to have a million of its babies live on a major network during primetime, you are in luck.
Today is going to be a good day. I can just tell. You know why? In addition to Brenda Walsh hauling her ass back to 90210, Tom O'Neil's posting the rumored Emmy finalists for drama actress and actor and the lists include some of the very people I've been hoping and praying for. Can anyone say Mary McDonnell and Kyle Chandler? Sure, just because they are on this list doesn't mean they'll actually get nominated, but the fact that there's a chance in hell makes me so beyond happy that I am practically jumping out of my seat!