Thoughts on Sunday Night's Emmy Awards

The 63rd Annual Emmy Awards, the entertainment industry's recognition of the best in television achievement, aired Sunday night.  Visit the Web site for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the full list of winners.

Here are my random thoughts on the evening's festivities.
  • I love Jane Lynch, but I thought she was only ho-hum as the host of the awards ceremony.  She had great enthusiasm, but the material she had to work with was hit or miss. 
  • For the opening sketch, Jane met with "head of TV" Leonard Nimoy.  Apparently, Alec Baldwin was supposed to star in the skit, but FOX, which aired the Emmys, vetoed a joke about News Corporation's hacking scandal, so Baldwin bolted, refusing to participate. He wasn't even in the audience, despited being nominated for an award.  I wonder what the joke was.  I admire Baldwin's principles, but if the joke was as weak as some of the other jokes in the broadcast, he may have dropped out over nothing.
  • There was a lot of Broadway-style singing during the show.  Was I watching the Tonys or the Emmys?  The opening musical number was well-produced and epic in scale, trying to match the best of Billy Crystal's Academy Award numbers, but it was definitely too long.  The musical interludes by the so-called Emmytones seemed like a misplaced Greek chorus.
  • Presenters Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon were funny.  The other presenters, not so much.
  • Modern Family won a bunch of awards, all well deserved.
  • Game of Thrones also won a few, but deserved to win even more.
  • Ricky Gervais had a nice, pre-recorded (and pre-edited) appearance, mocking the furor he caused as host of last year's Golden Globe Awards.
  • The jokes during the winners' voiceover bios were sometimes humorous, but more often than not fell flat.
  • Charlie Sheen's appearance was awkward, but one of the night's highlights.  He seemed nervous, but his words seemed heartfelt and classy.  Jim Parsons seemed genuinely scared to be near him after winning his trophy!
  • Another memorable moment was when all the comedy actress nominees took the stage, waiting together for the winner to be announced.  Whether it was pre-planned or not, it was classic.
  • The Michael Bolton/SNL/Akon musical number was ridiculous.
  • The "In Memoriam" music montage, paying respects to those in the TV industry who died during the past 12 months, was very nicely done.  We lost a lot of good people this year.
There you have it.  What were your favorite (or most hated) moments from the telecast?


Anonymous said…
Agreed, but we could have done without Charlie Sheen. I felt that he was going to cry.