Monday, September 17, 2007
The Emmys...from my perspective!
Overall, the Emmys were really funny, and a little less faux serious than they had been in the past, though they were really designed by the American Idol set crew. It was in the round, which looked fine from TV, but seemed to really annoy the people behind all the action. Ryan Seacrest (the actual host of American Idol) was the MC and did a good job - mostly by letting real comedians do the entertaining. There was no single show that ran away with awards. The big winners were 30 Rock (brand new) and The Sopranos (no longer on the air) so that was nice. For acting America Ferrara (Ugly Betty), Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy), Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters) and Jaime Pressley (My Name is Earl) are all wonderful actresses and on very different shows and play very different parts, so that was kind of new and I thought worked out really well. However, on the men's side, there were a few eclectic choices that I wasn't so sure of, though I still think they picked well, just no sure-bets made it. I've never seen Extras with Ricky Gervais, but I know he's wonderfully funny, and when he won but wasn't there to accept, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert decided to give the award to "their friend Steve Carrell" who ran up and celebrated with them. It was hysterical. Terry O'Quinn from Lost gave a great acceptance speech, and was also an unexpected win. However, the leading actor awards were kind of disappointing with James Spader (Boston Legal) winning for the third time in a row, and Jeremy Piven (Entourage) winning for a second time. I would have liked to see Hugh Laurie or Dennis Leary or even James Gandolfini win over Spader (though I do love Boston Legal I didn't think he'd done anything wonderful this season). And in Piven's place I would definitely have recognized Neil Patrick Harris or Rainn Wilson for their funnier work. I had a great time watching - especially fast-forwarding the thousands of commercials for Fox's upcoming season. Oh, and if they're only going to give the Emmy for Reality Competition to The Amazing Race (it's won every year the award existed) then why bother? Project Runway or Dancing with the Stars were a lot of fun this year.
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