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17 September 2007 @ 10:17 am
2007 Emmy Awards  
So, yeah, I'm trying to procrastinate at work, and I thought I'd post on something current. Plus, I wanted to bitch and moan just a bit.

It's become pretty clear over the last several TV seasons that the Primetime Emmy Awards are a joke when it comes to actually recognizing the "best" that television has to offer.  Seldom do the really deserving shows and/or actors win, and more often than not the last few years, even the snubs in nominations are egregious.  I mean, to totally screw up the top 5 or 6 in a category is just asinine and indicative of how out-of-touch the voters truly are.

Last year I did make somewhat of a fuss over the show at W-I, but refrained from doing so this year, mainly because of the uselessness of it all... and I was lazy.

Honestly, the only thing that grabbed me at all this year was the red-carpet and audience appearances of Kristen Bell with the various Heroes entourages - both at the Creative Emmys last week, and the show from last night.  I mean the woman is into absurdly-ridiculously hot territory, with ever-increasing national exposure. It's like she's personally trying to torture/kill me with how much better and better she continues to look - and she was a knockout to begin with.  As soon as I get some pics of her from the ceremonies loaded into the bucket, I'm going to post some here.  Just because.  *daydreams*...

Anyway - I'll list the major categories from last night's show here, along with some brief thoughts on the nominees and winners. Under the cut, of course. Beware of personal taste and some mildly angered swearing.

Outstanding Miniseries
Broken Trail - winner
Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre)
The Starter Wife

I had not seen any of these, but I heard great critical praise for Broken Trail - and Robert Duvall won for this, too.  So no qualms here. Although, I would have liked to have seen Sci-Fi's The Lost Room from last December here.  With Peter Krause and Julianna Marguiles, it was very good. Wishful thinking, though.

Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - winner
Inside the Twin Towers
Longford
The Ron Clark Story
Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy

Again with the non-watching of these made-for-TV titles.  But also, again, I heard that Wounded Knee was a strong favorite.  Nothing to pick on here.

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - winner
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Late Show with David Letterman
Real Time with Bill Maher

Given the current socio-political climate in this country (and over the globe) - and the relentless media onslaught from all sides, from all political angles - this was really a two-horse race, IMO, between Stewart and Colbert.  Since Stewart seems to be the "voice" of news and commentary for an entire generation right now, and as The Daily Show has been established for several years, while The Colbert Report is a newbie, this one makes sense.  I still would have liked to see Conan win, but Stewart is the supposed "it" guy right now.

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race - winner
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

I've repeatedly expressed my disdain for most everything "reality". Couldn't care less about this one.  But I've heard from reality watchers that Race is 'good' (relatively speaking from my POV, of course) - so good for them, I guess.

Outstanding Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List - winner
Penn & Teller: Bull---t!

I will admit to actually enjoying EM: Home Edition most of the time, as the only "reality TV" I watch - so that was my only choice here.  How the fuck does Kathy Griffin get an Emmy? 

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy
Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl - winner
Jenna Fischer, The Office
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds

I am actually pleased with this category, and this win.  Even though I love Jenna Fischer on The Office, Jaime Pressly was also nominated here last year and didn't win.  She is a comedic genius on Earl, making the most of the absurdly hilarious dialogue written for her, with accompanying mannerisms and expressions, and I'm glad she got recognized. 

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Jeremy Piven, Entourage - winner
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Rainn Wilson, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

I gotta say I was torn on this one between Kevin Dillon and Neil Patrick Harris as my choices.  Piven continues to shine as Ari, but he won this last year.  Rainn Wilson has his funny and outlandish moments, but I much prefer John Krasinski in The Office.  Dillon has paid his dues in the background on Entourage while holding his own, and Harris is an absolute scene-stealer on HIMYM.  But I won't complain here - Piven is still great.  (Almost everything about Two and a Half Men is garbage)

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Katherine Heigl, Grey's Anatomy - winner
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
Aida Turturro, The Sopranos
Lorraine Bracco, The Sopranos

This was the big upset, I think.  Though I can easily watch Grey's as a mindless guilty pleasure, and do appreciate Heigl's good stuff as Izzie, she was a little out of her depth with the Sopranos women, and even with co-star Chandra Wilson (Sandra Oh annoys the shit out of me, though).  I really had no preference here, and I think this year of huge exposure for Heigl (the Isiah Washington fiasco, Knocked Up's huge success) was a big factor here.  My wish ballot would have had Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights either here or in the lead category.  She and Kyle Chandler are frak-tastic as the Taylors.

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama
William Shatner, Boston Legal
T.R. Knight, Grey's Anatomy
Masi Oka, Heroes
Michael Emerson, Lost
Terry O'Quinn, Lost - winner
Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos

I have to say that this was a pretty decent category of nominations, but I wouldn't have picked Terry O'Quinn.  Michael Emerson was the centerpiece of Lost's third season plotline with The Others, and he stole every scene he was in, picking up where he left off from season two.  Amidst (and a little in the middle of) the craziness with his show, I thought T.R. Knight was also a little worthy, as George had to deal with quite a bit.  Michael Imperioli had a chance with The Sopranos' swan song, but was a long-shot, as was Masi Oka with the Heroes pop-culture phenomenon.  Shatner's already won this before.  And again, my wish-ballot would have had Kyle Chandler either here or in the lead category, as his nuanced Eric Taylor on FNL is superb.

Outstanding Actress, Comedy
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty - winner
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

I only watch Housewives and 30 Rock, so I had no opinion on the other three. Couldn't really give two shits about this one, either.

Outstanding Actor, Comedy
Ricky Gervais, Extras - winner
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

I don't watch Extras, but after seeing him from a few years back on the British version of The Office,  I can understand Ricky Gervais's comedy chops.  I was torn between Steve Carell - who's managed to nuance the bumbling Michael Scott just a bit - and Alec Baldwin.  His razor-sharp sarcasm and wit as Jack Donaghy makes me completely ignore his zealously and insanely left-slanted political rantings.  Monk is lame and I already crapped on Men.  'Nuff said.

Outstanding Actress, Drama
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters - winner
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Patricia Arquette, Medium
Minnie Driver, The Riches
Edie Falco, The Sopranos

Another category where I had no real preference, but I thought Edie Falco might have gotten another win for her final nom as Carmella.  A dream of mine was to see Kristen Bell sneak in here, but I would never hold my breath on that wish.  Again, I think the academy's political consciousness-vibe may have played a part -  and Sally Field apparently had to be cut-off during her speech as she swore once or twice and began an anti-war spiel.  *shrug*  Such is Hollywood.

Outstanding Actor, Drama
James Spader, Boston Legal - winner
Hugh Laurie, House
Denis Leary, Rescue Me
James Gandolfini, The Sopranos
Kiefer Sutherland, 24

Okay, now.  This is a major WTF? moment, as here is the category of greatest contention for me over the last three TV seasons. If you've read this rant before, I apologize for the reiteration, but I gotta vent.  

Last year, I was okay with Kiefer Sutherland winning, since he'd been Jack Bauer for five years, and 24 was still hot last year. This year? Not so much. Sutherland was okay, but the show had its weakest plot to date.  Hugh Laurie has three nominations now, I believe, and no wins.  I've yet to watch House, but have heard it is a worthy drama, with Laurie carrying the load superbly.  I also see Denis Leary manage to be quite compelling on Rescue Me, even when the plot gets a little ridiculous.  Honestly, though, I thought this would go to Gandolfini, as Tony Soprano dealt with a world of shit in his final season.  So color me flabbergasted that Spader wins a third fucking trophy.  On a show that is a comedic satirical farce more than a drama.  Wrong on so many levels, the biggest of which is where the rant comes in:

I understand that Lost is an ensemble show.  Thus, when Terry O'Quinn and Naveen Andrews have been nominated in the past for Locke and Sayid, they have been in the supporting actor category.  No problem.  That said, I think it's fairly obvious that out of that ensemble, Jack Shephard is pretty much a lead character, when all is said and done, regardless of his absence in few episodes last season.  Now WHAT THE FUCK DOES MATTHEW FOX HAVE TO DO TO GET NOMINATED HERE?!?  Three years as Jack - no nominations.  This is a fucking travesty of the highest fucking order, pardon my fucking French.  The man is an ACTOR.  He's given up buckets of sweat and tears in this role, and probably a little bit of real blood, too.  Lost would not have the central character anchor that it needs amongst its myriad of mysteries without Fox in this role, and I'm just sick that he's yet to be recognized.  I hope to God that over the next three seasons, he gets at least one win. A nomination alone won't be enough - not after being snubbed this long.  This category is a primary factor why I have personally said "fuck the Emmys" the last few years. 

*breathes* Venting over.

Outstanding Series, Comedy
Entourage
The Office
30 Rock - winner
Two and a Half Men
Ugly Betty

This was bit of an upset, too, I think.  The Office won this last year, and was a favorite again.  I wouldn't have minded either that, Entourage, or 30 Rock, which really had some genuinely funny stuff in its first year - so this was okay.  Never have and never will see an episode of Ugly Betty, and no more shall be said of Men.

Outstanding Series, Drama
Boston Legal
Grey's Anatomy
Heroes
House
The Sopranos - winner

This was a bit of a no brainer in picking the winner.  The most hyped- and talked-about dramatic finale in ages, and there was little doubt which show would win this.  I will take exception to the nominees, though.  In my heart-of-fanboy-hearts, I dreamed to see Veronica Mars and Battlestar Galactica in this category, but I'm also a realist who knows what the voters actually "deign" to see.  But honestly, Boston Legal should NOT have been here at all, and Grey's Anatomy is more soap-y than best drama material.  Heroes rode the wave of media-hype to this slot, when it really has no business in any "best" categories - it has a loooong way to go to prove itself as a serious drama, and not just an entertaining genre spectacle.  From what I gather from most circles, though, House does deserve this slot.

My three legitimate fill-ins for this category in place of Grey's, Legal, and Heroes would be The Wire, Friday Night Lights, and - of course - Lost. Every viewer and critic I've read who has seen The Wire continually has it on their best of TV lists. I will be catching up with it on DVD soon.  Friday Night Lights was by far the best new show last year, and is so heartbreakingly real, I can sometimes forget that the cast is acting.  And after Lost won for best drama its rookie season, it's been snubbed on the noms the last two years.  WTF?  I don't know if all the media slop about lost viewers and convoluted mysteries has weaseled its way into the mindsets of voters, but it's a goddamn shame that THE best show on television - and one of the most original, unique, and genre-shaping shows of all time - can't get grouped here. *shakes head*

Anyway, thus endeth my views on this year's farce of an awards show.

Also - from various sources, I've read that the show overall was a bore and ham-handed in its execution.  Makes me glad I totally forgot to tune in.  I'd like to see "Seacrest. Out." Permanently - from all media.

Lunch now.





Kristen Bell is awesome.