The Emmys: What We Learned
September 22, 2008 at 3:32 pm
Below, a list of lessons we picked up from the 60th Annual Emmy Awards:
Lesson No. 1: One host per awards show. The only thing more awkward than last year's theatre in the round? This year's five hosts idea. Having the nominees for Best Reality Host host a show seems like a good idea, considering that a nomination implies being good at something, but that turned out not to be the case last night.
Lesson No. 2: Watch cable. Cable dramas scored huge last night. Damages and Breaking Bad picked up acting awards while Mad Men took the whole shebang with the award for Best Drama. Those who do not yet have digital cable, be warned, because once analog is gone, you may not have anything good to watch.
Lesson No. 3: The Office cannot catch a break. Last night makes it 30 Rock 2, The Office 1 in the battle for Best Comedy. Plus, Rainn Wilson lost to Jeremy Piven, again, and Steve Carell went down swinging to Alec Baldwin, though Carell did win for best bit of the night with his stare-down with Ricky Gervais. While it is respectable to lose to 30 Rock, there are no excuses, Emmy voters, for picking Jeremy Piven. Again.
Lesson No. 4: Voters' Tastes ? Viewers' Tastes. Jean Smart. Jeremy Piven. Bryan Cranston. All three were upsets, which is all well and good, except that the people they upset (Vanessa L. Williams, Neil Patrick Harris/Rainn Wilson, Jon Hamm/Hugh Laurie) really deserved to win.
Lesson No. 5: Some people are just legen… wait for it… dary. With appearances by Tommy Smothers, Don Rickles, and the cast of Laugh-In, the Emmy Awards did a respectable job paying respect to TV's past. Bonus points to Tina Fey (as if she needs any more accolades) for literally bowing down to Mary Tyler Moore and Betty White on her way up to accept the award for Outstanding Comedy. And speaking of…
Lesson No. 6: Tina Fey can do no wrong. Tina Fey, meet Perfection. Perfection, meet Tina Fey. Oh, you two already know each other? You met on 30 Rock? Well isn't that just great for the universe that we get to experience the fruits of your relationship. 30 Rock's wins for Outstanding Comedy, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, and Writing make it this year's non-historical-mini-series Emmy darling. Not to mention that Fey was charming throughout, from the opening gag with Amy Poehler to the award she dedicated to frenemy/fellow nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus (see below). And in case you didn't catch her speech for Best Comedy, you can watch 30 Rock at nbc.com, hulu.com, itunes, or watch the premiere on Oct. 30 at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.
Click here for a complete list of the winners.