I Watched the 71st Emmy Awards

I watch plenty of television and movies. Maybe too much!

This new segment, “I Watched,” will be an effort to turn my passive hobby into an active way of adding to my blog. It will be less of a formal review process, and more just my thoughts as someone who’s grown up sitting too close to TVs (and now I need glasses.)

Something I’ve always particularly enjoyed are award shows. While it’s more difficult now with a child, my wife and I hardly ever miss one outright. Tonys, Emmys, Oscars, Grammys, the MTV Movie and Music award shows. I even saw the first ever Teen Choice Award back in the day, not particularly proud of that but it makes a point.

This year, I thought it would be fun to try and write a short entry on my thoughts of the 71st Emmys. It was held on September 22nd, 2019, at the Microsoft Theatre in LA, California. As is true with all my blog entries, sticking to a schedule isn’t my strong suit (trying to stick to bi-weekly) so this is being posted two days after the event.

Game of Thrones on their last Emmys together

To start, it was host-less! This has been something of a trend, the Oscars were also missing a host. Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel made light of this later on, wondering if Alexa was going to take over all presenting duties at some point. The MTV Music Awards should have gone with this same alternative, considering how out of his element Sebastian Maniscalco seemed. Instead, the Emmys had Thomas Lennon commentating throughout from a booth, usually providing a joke or two as winner made their way to the stage.

The introduction of the show itself was passed very effortlessly, and creatively, between Homer Simpson, Anthony Anderson, and Brian Cranston. I won’t get into every presenter afterward as there’s so many over the course of the night but two pairs were noteworthy duds. Ken Jeong and Nick Cannon attempted a TikTok bit with incorporating the audience that went on for far too long, complete with awkward silence. As well, Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian West received some unwelcome snickering from the crowd when speaking to the magic of unscripted television, which they seemed momentarily upset by.

As for the winners, I am going to shortcut this by just providing an link to the wiki page HERE.

Phoebe Waller of Fleabag

My own opinion on the night… guess I should be watching Fleabag? It won 4 awards, including Outstanding Comedy series over shows like Barry, Good Place, and Veep. I mean, even its Rotten Tomatoes score is perfect so looks like I’ll be tracking that one down at some point. Hopefully, it lives up to the hype! I remember when the Emmys got me to watch Baskets back in 2017 after a few nominations, and a win, but it just didn’t click with me.

I’m happy for shows like Ozark, Chernobyl, and Game of Thrones who all brought in multiple awards. Benioff and Weiss got in the last words of the night, standing by decisions made during their last season that most people (including myself) found lackluster. Actually, on that note, the Emmys played a clip of Arya Stark stabbing the Night King and it reminded me that they did get several iconic moments into Season 8, it just didn’t gel as a whole.

In a streaming landscape though, with so many amazing shows being made every year, will the Emmys continue to stay relevant? HBO remains a big player but Amazon and Netflix have taken shares away from the networks. As well, Apple and Disney will also be creating steaming shows shortly so we’ll have to see if they get on the board. Ratings for most award shows are sliding further and further down, a big part of that being lack of representation with viewers’ own interests.

For me, I continue to enjoy the ceremonial aspect of it all and will keep watching. I’m looking forward to seeing what shows will be filling the Game of Thrones void.

Keep turning the page,

Chris

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