August 30, 2010

Emmy Schmemmy...


Uh, why do I watch award shows again? Yes, there are some fun parts but why watch something where they fit a solid 45 minutes of entertainment into a 3-hour show?

Don't get me wrong, am I no snob or artsy wannabe, I watch TV, hell I love TV. Even crappy TV. Still, people, please ban everyone named Gosselin from television already, for the love of god. Make it stop!

Award shows are criticized for being out of touch with what people watch and what is really good. True?

What I watch: The Good Wife, Glee, Bones, Cougar Town, 30 Rock, Desperate Housewives, Big Bang Theory, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Castle, and until its crapfest season last year, Brothers and Sisters.

What won: Modern Family, The Good Wife, SNL, Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad, Nurse Jackie, Top Chef, The Tony Awards, Temple Grandin, You Don't Know Jack.

Apparently I don't know jack - what the hell are some of these shows?

Parts of the Schmemmy's worked: the opening Glee number, Jimmy Fallon hosting, George Clooney's funny cameo in the Modern Family montage, Ricky Gervais, and the very dry voiceovers ("Emmy winner Edie Falco is descended form Swedish and Italian parents, so I guess she grew up in a house where everyone was making meatballs").

What annoyed me: awkward scripted dialogue among co-presenters, endless plugs for new shows I've never heard of (Mr Sunshine? What the hell is that?), Jimmy Fallon singing, gay jokes, Kate Gosselin, all the twitter quotes, the same stupid Rogers commercials over and over (a Canada delight), Jimmy Fallon playing rock star, more Jimmy Fallon singing.

So yes last night I watched the Schmemmy's. I watched the whole damn thing. While reading my book, writing this blog, reading other blogs, cuddling with the dogs. And wondering why the hell I watch award shows.

After the Schmemmy's I surfed over to Out TV and watched back-to-back episodes of the cheesy British soap Mile High, where the flight attendants/strippers banded together and supported an airline union protest by literally taking the shirts off their backs. Now that is award-winning television...

16 comments:

Elly Lou said...

How do you not watch Modern Family? It's the best thing ever. For cereal. I triple dog dare you to watch it and tell me it doesn't deserve all the accolades in the book. Not that I watched the Emmys. Though I did watch the opening Glee thing. Cause yes I'm a Gleek. Anyway, watch Modern Family. I'm so in love with Cam it hurts. The end.

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Schmemmys! I've never heard that one before you loon....made me laugh. But shit, I have never heard of any of the shows that won... what's going on there then?

P.S. A million muawhahahas for doing the guest post on my blog on Wednesday. You are my superhero!

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

True. I do not watch Modern Family. and you are like third person to tell me that. Gotta give it a shot!

Rusty Hoe said...

Coming from a country that really doesn't do big, over the top song and dance numbers, watching US awards shows is like watching a fascinating NatGeo documentary on some bizarre tribe. I would love to hear David Attenborough narrate. Mind you I also want him to narrate my all time favourite TV show Eurovision Song Contest. That would be brilliant.

CntryJewell said...

Brahm...I have to agree with you...I can't stand any awards show really. It's a waste of my time...I have a life to live, and I could give shit less about the fact that there was a producer that thought about a show idea 50 years ago that needs a lifetime achievement award. In the end the only ones I care about are the ones they wait to the last 30 seconds to announce. =)

lmao @Rusty! "like watching a fascinating NatGeo documentary on some bizarre tribe!" Love it! =)

DarkTouch said...

I think I'm the only person out there who enjoys Jimmy Fallon's song parodies. I'd happily watch an hour long show of just him doing songs. He does it much too infrequently.

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

Interesting about Jimmy Fallon's songs; I don't really watch his show so don't know that much of his style. I thought the opening was great, then there was just too much singing for me.

Lots of positive buzz on the show today, and gotta admit was way better than lots of other award shows I have compelled myself to sit through!

Shirley said...

I confess - I also don't watch Modern Family but then I don't actually watch much tv at all!

Thanks for stopping by my blog Brahm - much appreciated :)

Wicked Shawn said...

I will let my soon to be husband, Jimmy Fallon, know that you were not happy with his singing. He will be hurt. I will make him feel better.

Modern Family is pretty hilarious. Kate Gosselin is some sort of media monster, she won't seem to go away. I do not understand it at all. I am very disturbed by it.

I did not see the opening sequence because there is such a thing as Trueblood, and I have priorities.

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

True Blood is a good priority I think. We do not get that here. Need to catch up on dvd!

jerseygirl89 said...

All I can say is watch Modern Family.

And Tivo was invented for awards shows.

smArtee said...

Hi There...I havent watched this year..but I must admit I love the award shows..I think I was blogging instead..I had a 2 month blogging hiatus..so now Im getting my fill again...My Fav show is Modern Family..and I have a girl crush on Sofia Vergara..aka Gloria..I also love the whole cast...I never usually watch the shows that win..only the HBO ones...Thanks for visiting..I took your lil Alfie button...so so cutie..!..Oh and BTW..my daughter was looking over my shoulder at your pic(shes 21)..and said.."wow he's hot.."...just sayin..!..

Josh said...

I didn't catch much of it. During the parts I saw, though, I did enjoy the voiceovers about the award winners. I thought some of those were pretty clever/humorous.

bmat10 said...

I just have issues with award shows. It is hard for me to continually watch people patting themselves on the back. With all the trash papers and magazines don't they get enough attention.

You don't watch Modern Family? Oy.

notquiteawake said...

I have never in my life met, or read about, anyone other than myself who watches Brothers and Sisters. I'm speechless. Except not. Last season WAS a crap fest. I watched the whole thing though. Unfortunately.

I loved the Emmys this year and I generally hate awards shows. The awkward presenter scripting was just that though. I could have done without it.

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

So clearly I gotta catch up on Modern Family. Am I the only one not watching it?

And yes Brothers and Sisters is -- or was -- appointment televison with me on Sunday nights. I turned off lots of the episodes halfway through last year. Will give them a shot this season, am prepared to give up on them pretty quick. Last year was both boring and annoying, which is an interesting combination to strive for.

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