Sunday night’s broadcast of the 2013 Emmys was very sad, very weird and made no sense whatsoever.
It’s kind of like the show’s producers put a number of ideas in a bowl and started picking them willy nilly, then proceeded to the do the same when it came to scheduling the whole event. It quickly became apparent that there was no coherent plan asides from let’s make everyone really, really sad by presenting a memoriam at every turn. I hope they liquored up the audience because trying to watch the whole thing sober was hard enough. Alas, this isn’t the Golden Globes.
Here are just six highs and lows at this year’s Emmys:
HIGH: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler heckle host Neil Patrick Harris
No, I don’t think it’s weird that I want to become BFFs with two middle-aged white women with kids especially when those women happen to be Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They were the bright light in a rather unimpressive opening act. Basically, they should just host everything from here on out.
LOW: Jeff Daniels winning Best actor in a Drama
I think everyone was shocked to see Jeff Daniels beat the crowd favourite, Bryan Cranston. To be honest, I haven’t had the chance to catch up on Breaking Bad but with the way everyone goes on and on about it, he’s currently the messiah of television. Also, what’s up with Emmy voters continuing to snub Jon Hamm? Hamm is to the Emmys what Leonardo Dicaprio is the Oscars and it’s kind of sad.
HIGH: Kevin Spacey shooing the camera away
LOW: The “Golden Year of Television” bit
I know I wasn’t the only one confused when this bit started. Was it the Emmys’ way of reminding everyone how great television is and we should stop watching Netflix / illegally downloading everything? Were they trying to say goodbye to television? It was all very weird, somber and again, sad. Also, why did they have Carrie Underwood sing “Yesterday,” a Beatles song from 1965 when they were paying tribute to 1963? Don’t get me wrong; Carrie sounded great but it was all very confusing.
HIGH: Merrit Wever’s acceptance speech for best supporting actress in a TV comedy
I really wanted 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski to win for her flawless portrayal of Jenna Maroney but Merrit Wever’s short but sweet acceptance speech was perfect. In addition, she may have been the only person who wasn’t played off. Emmy producers were really heavy handed when it came to the play off music.
LOW: Modern Family winning Best Comedy
I like Modern Family but really? REALLY? Over VEEP? 30 Rock‘s last season? Louie?! None of the Emmy voters actually watch TV, do they?
HIGH: Tony Hale was Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ bag boy
No one does devoted lackey like Tony Hale, who also won an Emmy as the bag boy for Louis-Dreyfus’ bumbling Madame Vice-President on VEEP. This riff on their HBO counterparts was perfect.
Kind of HIGH but Mostly A LOW : Neil Patrick Harris’ “Middle of The Show”
Because it’s Neil Patrick Harris, I think we all expected a musical number — just not in the middle of the show. It probably would’ve made for a better opening number than whatever that television death trap thing was, but alas, nothing made sense during this broadcast. We did like the Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) and Doctor Horrible reunion though. We’ll have more of that please.
Will Ferrell and his children presenting the last awards of the night, Edie Falco’s tear-inducing tribute to James Gandolfini and Jane Lynch’s tribute to Cory Monteith. (See? It was a terribly sad award show).
The interpretive dance bit (which I liked but happened during the weirdest time), Mindy Kaling and Stephen Amell’s award presentation spiel (did their teleprompter actually break down?) and Elton John’s Liberace tribute