Ah…award shows. You know I love them in a sick, sick way. I was actually moderately excited about the Emmys last night…that is until I watched the show. And no, I wasn’t thrilled about Seacrest hosting. (Seriously- WHY are they trying to make this kid a Dick Clark?) But I was interested and intrigued about the way the stage was set up in the round.
I should have known the evening was going to be a dud once I realized that virtually every woman there (at least most of the female cast of Grey’s Anatomy)had her hair styled the exact same horrible way: in a poof. I counted at least 5 actresses that had their hair curled, teased and then pinned under to create a sort of messy, poofy, bob. It just looked so heavy and uncomfortable.
Really the fashion was pretty safe, well except for Minnie Driver’s dress color which was almost the exact color of the florescent Extra gum I was chewing (this photo does not do it “justice”.
The best dressed in my opinion was a stunning Ali Larter and a glittery Eva Longoria. I also really liked Rachel Griffiths.
So the show was just not a forward moving fun fest. I felt like opening with an odd cartoon number and then following with Ray Romano was awkward, made worse by the sudden and odd censored joke that had the telecast paused with a random top view of the inside of the theatre.
There were a couple of weird censored moments- instead of having a bleep button they had a kill button that immediately cut the feed. The worst was when Katherine Heigl won (yay!) and apparently she mouthed something that I imagine we all would when hearing that we had won a major award. But the trigger happy censors cut the feed and tv audiences were in limbo land for a few seconds. I thought this was so awful and tacky. Anyone that watches college sports can read the lips of players and coaches and blush, but no one ever stops showing the game.
Ryan tried to drive the show using the same sort of biting banter that he uses on American Idol, but it just felt so uncomfortable and mean spirited. In a sense I just felt like his hosting was in the way of the show.
The extra fluff in the show was torture: A cast of a Broadway show performing songs while a sloppy montage of The Sopranos sporadically shows (in between close ups of the Broadway actors lip-synching), Christina and Tony singing was sweet, but it was spoiled by having a clump of Vegas show performers flapping around them, an incredibly lame skit with Rainn Wilson and Kanye West- oy!
The best moment of the night was when Elaine Stritch went off script. She is a comedy gem and she was brilliant mocking the canned jokes that she was instructed to read off of the teleprompter.
Now comes the shocker. The show was so dull that I actually feel asleep before it ended. The last thing I remember is a string of acceptance speeches by people involved with the Sopranos. I don’t think having the show in the round did a service to the tv audience or the theatre audience. Instead I kept seeing the blurry face of Mariska Hargitay and feeling sad for her as she had to look at the backs of people’s heads all night.
Did any of you guys watch? What were your thoughts?