Before I begin with discussing anything Emmys, my recent behaviors, or lack thereof, need some explanation. I have occasionally sporadicallytaken elongated breaks from blogging, but this last one has been unusually long and unexpected for me and I supposed you guys as well. Usually I'll find some way to update until now, but it's been about three weeks since my last post and I didn't even post an Emmy predictions post this year. (Although I did manage to post my Gold Derby ballot on my Facebook pages earlier) Well, without going into too much detail, I've had some bad luck personally, and basically, we had a hard and unexpected, unforeseen move that is, still ongoing. Currently I'm writing this from a cheap, weekly hotel as we're not quite sure where we're moving to. It's been rough, and it hasn't gotten easier lately. I had hoped that by now, things would've at least started to get better, but it hasn't. Basically, the timetable for everything related to this blog, in the future, well, (Shrugs) basically it's on hold, and probably heavily delayed. Frankly, I don't mind taking a breather from this; I was already dreadfully behind in my workload for this, and this didn't help, but instead of this move refreshing my batteries, it's basically left me in a state of limbo. And I suspect if that change does happen for the positive sometimes soon, that also, will required quite a lot of delays to my blog and regular life. I wish I could help it, but that's where I'm at right now, so...- (Sighs) Until things get better, I'm probably gonna be a laying low for awhile, at least blogwise. Again, if that changes, I'll inform as soon as I can....
Alright, now that that's out of the way, let's talk about the Primetime Emmys this year. I'm not gonna make this too complicated this year, I'm just gonna mention a few things in general and then I'm just going to cut-and-paste my notes.
The comedy categories, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" won five tonight, including Best Comedy Series, Actress for Rachel Brosnahan, Supporting Actress for Alex Borstein and Writing and Director for Amy Sherman-Palladino, with "Barry" winning Lead Actor for Bill Hader, and a great emotional moment for Henry Winkler, winning Supporting Actor, his first ever Emmy believe it or not. Long time coming. "Atlanta", one of the odds-on favorite, went down with nothing tonight.
Michael Che and Colin Jost were, okay. I think it was a nice, intentionally low-key series, that actually tried to showcase the shows and nominees. Not everything worked, the unprepared Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen thing totally didn't work, but I liked the low-keyness of the show. The introducing nominees then the presenters was an interesting choice. Not 100% sure how I feel about it, but I think it's an interesting choice and it kept the show going. I think they might correctly be assuming that most of the nominees were known by the audience ahead of time. It is a lot easier to get the nominees printed out and listed. It's a bit awkward but mostly the show was good, low-key, the kind of Emmys that's a celebration, but clearly was an award show done with the mindset that it's Monday night and everybody probably has work in the morning. Not the best or worst, but it was serviceable, yet interesting.
Most of the categories were fairly predictable in Variety with "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" and "Saturday Night Live" taking the big prizes. Reality-Competition was an upset win for "RuPaul's Drag Race", which makes it a rare win that didn't go to "The Amazing Race" or "The Voice", but the first ever series win for a VH-1 show. Drama Series awards were an interesting mixed bag. "The Crown", "The Americans" and "Game of Thrones" each got two awards with "...Thrones" winning for Series and Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage. "Westworld" got a rare win for Thandie Newton as well, and that 3-way split vote left "The Handmaid's Tale" shockingly leaving home empty-handed from the main show. I suspect almost all these races were close, including Series. ("Game of Thrones" lead the pack with 9 overall, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" taking 8; nothing else won more than 5 total.)
Limited Series and TV Movie categories were also a bit scattered. "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" inevitably taking the big prize, also getting an acting win for Darren Criss and a surprise Directing win. "Black Mirror" repeated as Writing winner, but "Godless" won two acting awards with Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wev-ver- (Sigh) Wever winning their second Emmy each. Regina King, also somehow won again, because it's apparently a rule now.
Anyway, good, toned-down decent Emmys that got us a lot of new and/or interesting winners and opens up a lot of interesting races for next year. It was a good celebration of television in honor of it's 70th.
Alright here's my notes I took from the show, which are more erratic and scattered but I feel are more interesting than my more boring regular notes and also better represent my perspective and state-of-mind as I watched the Emmys. (Shrugs) It's all I got for now, I'm in an erratic and scattered state of mind in general at the moment, so...- Anyway, enjoy.
SUPPORTING ACTOR-LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Who is this? Hannah Gadsby? Okay, I think I’ve heard of her, but yeah, how did she get this gig? I guess Ricky Gervais is busy. She’s funny though.
BTW, I wish they’d go back to putting Comedy Series last; it’s really the more important category. Sorry drama series, but the sitcom is the art form of television.