Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Here is my snarky review of the 2014 Primetime Emmy telecast.
Let’s see how close my predictions came to what actually happened.
Since the Academy clearly has abandoned any delineation in categories – shows enter not based on their genre but on which category they think they can win in – the results were somewhat blurred.
Congratulations to THE WALKING DEAD for winning Best Comedy. Kudos to SUPER FUN NIGHT for winning Best Drama. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK walked away with Best Animated Series, and the 2013 EMMYCAST won Best Mini-series.
Stephen Colbert won the Best Guest Star Emmy for his appearance on THE COLBERT REPORT.
Tatiana Maslany was not even nominated for Best Actress in a Drama despite playing nine characters, each one brilliantly, so as far as I’m concerned no one won this year.
There was a long touching tribute to Robin Williams that made it seem his death was far more significant than all of the other industry people who passed away this year.
Seth Meyers had a few good jokes but made you long for the days when real television stars used to host the Emmys. Jimmy Fallon is now even too big.
Between the four major networks, they combined for a grand total of two Emmy wins.
DATING NAKED contestant, Jessie Nizewitz’s vagina won Best Guest Appearance in a Comedy.
Since NBC carried the Emmys this year the options were move the telecast to Monday to avoid a conflict with their Sunday night NFL game, or air on Sunday as usual but only in a little box in the right corner of the screen. They chose wrong.
But seriously, how important are the Emmys when they get bumped for an exhibition football game? Not even a regular season game. And not even teams that America gives a crap about -- A practice game between Arizona and Cincinnati, with a million players no one’s ever heard of. Of course, there were plenty of Emmy nominees and even shows that no one’s ever heard of either. Not to mention mystery presenters. There were at least two of them familiar only to TV editors of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.
Red Carpet host Sam Rubin mistook Mindy Kaling for Aziz Ansari.
Taylor Schilling was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy. They didn’t show any of her funny clips because, well… there aren’t any.
If there was one absolute lock it was Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And along those lines, as a rule, if you won before you won again.
Next year the Emmys should be on Netflix and they can announce all the winners at once.
The comedy bits were forced and too long. (That’s my other lock.)
Aaron Paul, who Fox didn’t want us to hire for our pilot, won again. How many Fox stars won anything last night?
Matthew McConaughey is now a Tony away from the hat trick. Or Bryan Cranston is just an Oscar away from the hat trick.
Everyone fawned all over Matthew McConaughey because they were just so excited to have an actual MOVIE STAR in the house. It was like TV's version of WAITING FOR GUFFMAN.
Instead of wearing a gown, Lena Dunham had one tattooed to her body.
Shows that didn't win the big prize got consolation Emmys for acting or writing or two for lighting.
Matthew Weiner lost. But at least he has his movie coming out.
Ricky Gervais entertained the industry people in the room and completely ignored the home audience. And he wonders why America hates him.
Next year Amazon will offer all TV Academy Members free shipping on their next purchase if they vote for one of their shows. Expect one of their shows to win.
GIRLS didn’t win shit. Can we finally stop wasting valuable nominations on that show?
Congratulations to shows like THE GOOD WIFE, PARKS & REC, ORPHAN BLACK, SUITS, SONS OF ANARCHY, JUSTIFIED, MASTERS OF SEX, THE MIDDLE, THE AMERICANS, and actors Andy Samberg, Katey Sagal, Liv Schreiber, Matthew Rhys, Kerri Russell, Tim Oliphant, Walton Goggins, James Spader, Jeff Daniels (who WON last year), Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Neal McDonough, and of course, Tatiana Maslany for an Emmy winning year even though you weren’t nominated so that DOWNTON ABBEY and comedy powerhouse Kate Mulgrew could be.
So how’d I do? I’m sure I nailed it on SUPER FUN NIGHT winning Best Drama. I mean, it was its final year.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM