First of all, I’d just like to say that it’s cruel of both “True Blood” and “Mad Men” to air new episodes on the same night as the Emmy Awards, especially when neither show is sending out advance screeners anymore. Yes, I’m a big whiner, and I don’t care. It’s 11 PM, the Emmys have just wrapped up, and now I’ve got to go blog both shows. I’m sorry, but there’s no way around it: this sucks.
Okay, enough of my bitching. Let’s talk about the Emmys.
As far as I’m concerned, Jimmy Fallon did a fine job as host. The “Glee”-inspired opening segment was awesome: Jon Hamm ruled that bit with his sweet-ass dance moves, but Joel McHale leaping in front the camera was pretty awesome, too, and once they switched over to the live performance, I laughed out loud at just how happy Randy Jackson seemed to be to get to play in front of the audience. Sometimes you forget that the guy’s got some serious studio-musician street cred.
The minstrel-in-the-aisles bit was hit or miss, but Stephen Colbert was hilarious, and I was pleasantly surprised at Kim Kardashian’s performance. Jimmy’s quick quip at Conan’s expense was pretty funny, too. I wasn’t as big a fan of the farewells to “24,” “Law & Order,” and “Lost,” mostly because all I could think was, “This kind of takes away from the seriousness of the farewells to the folks in the industry who really have died.” The segment with the “Modern Family” cast meeting with the network was hysterical, though.
I have absolutely no clue about fashion. The day after Hollywood awards ceremonies, “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” and countless entertainment websites are always abuzz with who looked sexy, who looked trashy, who had the most expensive dress, etc. More often than not, I just stare and listen with a blank expression as the lipstick, eye liner, cleavage, flashy dresses, and impossible hairdos meld into a single sexy lady. The brands, designers, and stylists never register with my feeble male brain — it’s just too much to take in. Last night, however, one woman clearly stood out at the 2009 Emmys and grabbed my complete attention.
January Jones is familiar to a large part of the American public as Betty Draper from “Mad Men.” As a constant stream of bedazzled beauty flowed down the red carpet, this slim blonde with the presence of a classic Hollywood starlet caught my eye. Now this is a babe, I thought. I’m sure she was dressed in something revolutionary, but my natural male instincts could only produce this simple thought. Nevertheless, because a few of you may be interested, Jones apparently wore an Atelier Versace gown and accessorized with Neil Lane jewelry and Jimmy Choo “Keenan” sandals. Yep.
As for “Mad Men,” the series performed well again at this year’s Emmys. Despite stiff competition, the show earned statues for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Though Ms. Jones didn’t receive a nomination for her popular role, she looked better than anyone inside the Nokia Theatre, which should be worthy consolation. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself.
Hey Emmys, you better vote for “Family Guy” in the Best Comedy category if you know what’s good for ya. “Family Guy” has created a viral video campaign called “Where’s My Emmy?” that is a playful attack on their competition in the Best Comedy category at the Emmys. They all essentially feature the same plot. Brian gets out of the shower and dries off. Stewie enters and asks Brian what show will be getting his Emmy vote. After Brian answers with a show that “Family Guy” is competing against, Stewie beats him senseless. So far, the videos have taken on “The Office,” “Flight of the Conchords,” and “Entourage,” so hopefully “How I Met Your Mother,” “Weeds,” and “30 Rock” are on their way.
In an effort to add some needed entertainment, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and CBS had earlier decided to pre-record eight award presentations and play them in snippets throughout the ceremony. Now, because of dissent from the creative community and lack of public support from the other major networks, this “time-shift” is not going to happen.
The TV Acad had intended to pre-tape eight award presentations in the hour leading up to the 5 p.m. PT start of the live three-hour telecast from downtown L.A.’s Nokia Theater, and then run clips of those presentations throughout the telecast. Yet just two weeks after the board overwhelmingly approved the final changes, the Acad confirmed that this year’s telecast will include the usual roster of 28 kudos presented live.
The fight that erupted after the time-shifting decision was announced boiled down to a question of respect for various disciplines — the plan was to drop two awards each from the writing, directing, acting and producing fields — but also a case of critical darlings vs. mainstream hits.
It’s strange to think that 28 awards are handed out in just three hours. To me, the Emmys always seem much longer than they actually are. That’s obviously not a good thing, but the eight awards they were planning to pre-record would have been from the writing and directing categories. Since my favorite shows are nominated in those categories, I would be disappointed if they weren’t given their due in front of the national audience. After all, the writers and directors are the backbone of what makes great television. I’m all for adding extra bits of entertainment to the broadcast, but CBS never announced what they had in mind. If anything, get rid of the Guest Actor/Actress categories to make room for some extra music and comedy.