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Emmys Review: It sure felt like a Monday

Categories: Celebrities, Television


The good news is that if you go by the dresses and the speeches, the big show was an incredibly classy event (check out the red carpet highlights here.) Unfortunately, that's also the bad news.

It pains me to say it, but ultimately, the 66th Emmy awards show was curiously dull.

Full respect to all fans of the best drama Breaking Bad, but for a show that kept up a fever pitch of intensity, the winning speeches by didn't do much to raise my temperature.

A lot of that had to do with the tone set by nice guy host Seth Meyers. His opening monologue was peppered with pokes at the TV industry, but he never delivered any delicious and spicy zingers. (Here I reminisce about Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's Golden Globes crack about George Clooney preferring to 'float off into space rather than spend one more minute with a woman his own age'.)

It's not really a shocking headline that award shows are boring, but I think I expected more because the TV shows being honoured have made us come to expect more.

From the sharp wit of best comedy winner Modern Family to the depth of feeling from the Larry Kramer inspired best TV movie The Normal Heart, this year's crop of mainstream, cable and online programming solidifies the notion that we're in the Golden Age of television.

But that kind of heady glory just wasn't reflected in Monday night's award show.

With one genuine exception of course: Billy Crystal's tribute to his friend Robin Williams. We heard Sara Barailles' beautiful version of the song Smile during the montage of footage, and then Crystal finished off by exclaiming: "Robin Williams; what a concept!"

Bringing that kind of depth of emotion to the whole show would have been a winning concept too.

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