Well you can’t say this year’s Emmys were boring. Frustratingly random and disappointingly predictable, sure, but boring no.
Breaking Bad for the win!!!! Sure it got snubbed pretty much everywhere else (Besides the incomparable Anna Gunn who received a much deserved award), but it was high time for the critically acclaimed and universally loved drama to get some Emmy love. We’ll see you back up at the podium next year.
Sure some of the attempts to spice up the proceedings fell flat (see: pretty much all the worst moments), but including the nominees for best choreography and letting them actually choreograph a number was fun. Better yet, they used TV theme songs, thus linking it to television much more firmly than the rest of the musical interludes. I never knew I wanted to see a contemporary dance to the theme from Mad Men, but now that I have I don’t know how I’ve gone so long without it.
For all the controversy the dedicated memorials were pretty touching. Granted it’s a little annoying that they granted some people the added remembrance and not others, but that certainly doesn’t take away from the ones that were honored. Ironically, it was James Gandolfini and Cory Montieth getting all the press, but Rob Reiner’s eulogy of Jean Stapleton hit the hardest.
Why exactly was Elton John there? I love me some Elton, but a song that “reminded” him of Liberace isn’t exactly worthy of limited Emmy time. Similarly, the remembrance of 1963 was lovely and sure it had a little bit to do with TV, but Carrie Underwood singing “Yesterday” (and not all that well) really doesn’t. What makes these performances even more infuriating is that they were included at the expense of the actual TV stars. When you’re cutting off the major winners after thirty seconds but letting Elton John prattle on about his connection to Liberace (um duh) something has gone seriously wrong.
Somewhere along the way the Emmys forgot that were about television. Between the musical numbers and the in memoriums that decided to tell rather than show, there was a lot of talk about how great television is, but not a lot of showing it. Some nominees got clips in their categories some didn’t and by the time they were announcing the best comedy and drama there wasn’t even time for a picture of all the nominees. I would much rather go without spectacle and see some honor being paid to the shows that have been great enough to be nominated. If you’re someone who watched the Emmys you are someone who cares about television so maybe a bit more of that and a little less of everything else.
Elizabeth Moss still doesn’t have an Emmy.
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