What can I possibly say about the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards that hasn't already been said? Not much. But I'll give my opinion anyway. This post will deconstruct the actual show as a whole. Posts to follow will involve the winners/losers (Part II) and the fashion (Part III).
We'll start at the beginning. Best. Opening. Number. Ever. Maybe it's because I'm a huge fan of "Glee," which the opening number was based one, but I think it was a funny spoof regardless. When Jon Hamm and Betty White got down with their bad selves in the dressing room? HIL-ARIOUS. I also loved the cameo appearance (and subsequent dissing) of Kate Gosselin - I love to despise her. What a way to begin the show. If you haven't seen it, here's the full-length video of the opening number: 2010 Emmy Awards Opening.
Once the Emmy Awards began, Jimmy Fallon proved he was a force to be reckoned with in the world of award-show hosting. He was eloquently comedic without being tacky - and that's hard to do. There weren't any cricket-chirping pauses while waiting for laughs after a bomb of a joke - everything he said was appropriately funny, but not overdone. A far cry from award shows of the past. One line that stood out was his dig at NBC, and timely camera-panning moment over to Conan O'Brien - glad Conan can take a joke with the best of them.
Some changes to the award-show set-up this year included faster-paced "and the nominees are" segments (although the presenters seemed to race through the nominees a bit too quickly at times), along with less presenter banter prior to the announcement of the nominees. History shows that this isn't always the case. How many times have you watched award shows and winced uncomfortably when two presenters tried to be funny or act playful, only to fail miserably? That only (thankfully) happened twice this year: once when Lauren Graham told Matthew Perry that he'd be playing another gay guy (in Mr. Sunshine), and the other point when Jon Hamm and Betty White exchanged yawn-worthy words during their presentation - a duo like that had the makings for some exceptionally hilarious jokes. But it fell flat in so many ways. The script writers for the Emmy Awards should be ashamed of wasting that opportunity on lame comments and sexual innuendos.
Along with those changes to the overall show came the severely uneven category segments. They (sadly) flew through the awards for comedy and drama categories, but then sauntered through the miniseries category like it was going out of style. As a result of these erratically paced segments, they [very unfortunately] cut off Matthew Weiner's acceptance speech for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for "Mad Men"...but then they gave the stumbling, fumbling Al Pacino all the time in the world to say nothing at all. Seems like there's something wrong with that.
Overall, Fallon was a breath of fresh air as the host of the show. Aside from the pointless Twitter transitions that were, once again, poorly scripted by the writers, along with some uncomfortable silences, Fallon set the bar high for future host.
So, that's all for my thoughts on the show overall. Your thoughts? Leave a comment! Check back later for more on the Emmy Awards, including commentary on the winners and judgment day for the fashion (and fashion victims).