By Mikkel Hyldebrandt Did you see the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards last night on CBS? There were definitely a couple of moments worth watching, despite the fact that the 3-hour award show was lacking momentum, somewhat in emotion, and was probably the saddest Emmy show of all times.
Host Neil Patrick Harris did a great job hosting the evening (but-not-as-good-as-when-he-did-the-Tonys) and even pulled out a couple of show tunes to lighten the mood of an otherwise gloomy award show interspersed with plenty of “In Memoriam” segments about several of the big personalities who died this year including Larry Hagman (Dallas), Cory Monteith (Glee) and James Gandolfini (Sopranos).
Other notable characteristics of this year’s Emmy’s (also referred to as TV’s biggest night) included Breaking Bad being almost completely snubbed of most of the awards it was expected to win except for one (and the most important one) “Best Drama Series.” Shockingly Mad Men didn’t receive a single Emmy award – a first for the critically acclaimed series.
Below are some of our favorite moments from the evening (we do apologize for the video quality on some of them… CBS and the Emmy’s are still in the Stone Age regarding online content):
Opening skit (not the dreary filmed intro) where Neil Patrick Harris is interrupted by previous hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien:
Emmy choreography performance incorporating elements from shows like Mad Men, Game of Thrones, American Horror Story, and Breaking Bad:
Michael Douglas’ acceptance speech where he shares his award with Matt Damon (who prefers the top part…):
Gay actor Jim Parsons accepts the award for “Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series” for his role in “The Big Bang Theory“:
Modern Family accepts the award for “Best Comedy Series”:
Jane Lynch remembering Glee’s Cory Monteith:
Elton John’s tribute performance to Liberace (poor audio quality):
Holler Poodles! I have a confession to make. I’m addicted to television! I watch more TV than a person should. And my friends keep adding shows that I must see. From my latest obsessions “Shameless” and “Mad Men” to Kathy Bates in “Harry’s Law” and Michael C. Hall in “Dexter,” I spend way too much time watching. My favorite can’t-miss shows are “Law & Order SVU” and “Big Bang Theory.”
My favorite “blast from the past” is “The Nanny.” “Oh Mr. Sheffield!” I have the first three seasons on DVD (to my knowledge they haven’t released the other three) and I watch it on Nick@Nite and TV Land even though I’ve seen each episode at least 12 times. Once you get past her voice, it really is one of the funniest self-deprecating shows I’ve seen.
Admittedly, I also watch reality TV. I really enjoy “American Idol,” “Project Runway,” “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent” and “Hoarders.” But I think there’s a big difference in shows like that versus exploitative reality TV. “Toddlers and Tiaras” and “Dance Moms” come to mind. Have I watched them? Yes, but only twice. Afterward I was so angry. I really question the judgment of those children’s parents. Do they want fame so badly they’re willing to “sell” their kids? What kind of lessons are they teaching them?
It makes me wonder what kind of disservice we as a society are doing to children who grow up watching these types of shows without supervision. Adults who know better can understand that producers instigate arguments and edit video to create a storyline that will illicit big ratings. But children who grow up watching grown adults on TV fight like children on a playground don’t know any better unless someone teaches them differently. They grow up having this behavior modeled to them and think it is perfectly fine because it is “reality.” The same can be said for the amount of realistic violence depicted on TV. Without guidance, children see it and think it is normal.
While I love to watch lots of different programming, I’m disappointed we as a society are rewarding people for behaving badly. When did our values get switched? I think we can do better! I think we deserve better! I think we are better!
Thought of the week: Rumors are created by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.