Tuesday, September 23, 2008

At least the Emmy Bleachers had a nice view

Full view of the Nokia

It's safe to say that this past Sunday's Emmy Awards were bad, from having five bad hosts to cutting out otherwise good bits just to make sure the show ended in three hours. Really, would an extra 15 minutes be so bad?
There was also something no one mentioned: ABC had an online contest for choosing the most dramatic and funniest TV moments in the past 60 years. The scene from Friends where Ross and Rachel finally kiss won Best Comedy Moment, while Buffy got Most Dramatic Moment with her sacrifice of herself at the end of "The Gift". They were supposedly supposed to be part of the telecast, but the producers tought it would be better to have Tom Bergeron and Heidi Klum show the difference between drama and comedy...which ended with Heidi getting a big bruise on her leg. Thanks, ABC, for thinking that injuring a supermodel would draw more viewers than that online contest which was nothing more than a scam.
Still, I got some nice pctures. I only regret that if I had a spare battery, I would have gotten very slinky pictures of Christina Hendricks and Hayden Panettiere, and nice photos of P. Diddy and Christian Slater. If by some miracle I win a bleacher ticket to next year's Oscars, I'll bring three batteries.

Still, look at these....

David Boreanaz

Yes, David Boreanaz before he found out he'd have to give out an award with Lauren Conrad.

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore

and dig this....

Alleged Proof I was on TV Guide Channel

Fairly flimsy proof I appeared on a bit for the TV Guide Channel as part of their pre-Emmy coverage. Any other proof has since been erased, as it should be.

More pictures are available here.

A better version of the Emmys did take place a week before at the Nokia....the Creative Arts Emmys, for those who work behind the scenes.
First off, the hosts were Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Chalke. Anyone who saw this on E! after the main event this past Sunday would agree that these guys should have hosted last Sunday, not the Fumbling Five reality hosts we got instead.

Also, when Cesar Millan was about to give away an award, Neil did an excellent impersonation of Lassie, carrying the winning card in his mouth. That idea came out of him, and was a lot funnier than 92 percent of the Primetime Emmys. Hell, I wish Stewie and Brian from Family Guy were back to host.

Also, I hear a lot of complaints that the winning shows were almost obscure because they were from cable channels. Well, 20 years ago, the major networks would make mini-series or original movies as staples for their programming. You think ABC in 2008 would make Roots now? The major nets rely on familiarity and cheap programming. That's why we get three nights of CSI on CBS, and a ton of reality shows that pull in more viewers than scripted shows. Cable is just doing what the nets used to do, and can do it better without having to get ten million viewers or even 20 million. That's why AMC has the best drama in Mad Men, and HBO the best mini-series in John Adams. And if there are those who don't want to pay extra to see those channels, there's always DVDs that you can get in stores or Netflix....or even Hulu and other sites. So, stop griping, major networks. If you guys want to stay relevant, drop more coin to show you can still make good stuff.

I just hope that somehow Dr. Horrible can get a chance at an Emmy, under a "special class" category or new internet programming categories. That would be good news for Felicia Day and her Guild sitcom, and other shows that bypass the usual road of TV. The Academy would be smart to make that move, because it may not be too long before the top TV network won't be HBO or CBS....but Hulu, the WB.com or iTunes.

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