I don’t know exactly what I expected from “The 60th Primetime Emmy’s.” By now I’ve learned that, on the whole, awards shows are never that entertaining. So why tune in? I have always been a fan of television and watch more than I probably should. I’m a true fan, and can appreciate both a brilliant series and an enormously guilty pleasure. So I suppose when I turned on the TV last night, I expected to watch a show that would adequately honor the people who help to create the medium I love so much. Sadly, I was disappointed.
The host of an awards show is extremelly important. This was last evenings telecasts’ major downfall. The 5 hosts (Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Tom Bergeron, Ryan Secrest and Jeff Probst) were unprepared and decidedly unoriginal. Instead of opening the show with a bang, they babbled on about nothing; entertaining no one and making the viewer feel both awkward and uncomfortable.
The show somehow managed to feel bloated and rushed simultaneously, and the highlights and funny moments were few and far between. Josh Groban’s ode to popular TV theme songs was fun, but could not make up for the lack of inspiration that was the rest of the evening. Furthermore, the fact that the recipients were “banned” from talking about politics was ridiculous. What ever happened to free speech?! However, it did give way to some funny moments such as the John Stewart/Stephen Colbert debate about prunes.
Overall, I was happy with the winners. I hope all the accolades help to draw more viewers to the magic that is 30 Rock and Mad Men (both remarkable series). However, in the future I pray that the Academy will think of a better way to honor an industry that really deserves more than what this years show delivered.