Monday, September 21, 2009

Emmy Winners

Well, I’ve never done quite this poorly. Despite correctly predicting wins for miniseries, TV movies, reality and variety shows I’ve never seen, I managed to score an absolute zero on each and every one of the comedy and drama categories. I knew better than to bet against consecutive now seven-time winners “The Amazing Race” and “The Daily Show,” but for some reason thought it would be a good idea to predict upsets over frontrunners “Mad Men,” “30 Rock,” Bryan Cranston, Glenn Close, and Alec Baldwin. I also underestimated the chances of Toni Collette, Jon Cryer, Michael Emerson, and Kristin Chenoweth. I’ll admit that Cherry Jones was a bit of a surprise, as was the win by “ER” for directing. What I will point out is that my analysis was good, I just shouldn’t have picked a winner. I made the wrong choice in every case, but I wasn’t surprised by the majority of the winners. It’s not as if the winners were terribly exciting – only Emerson and Chenoweth served as truly nice surprises – and there was no big shocker, good or bad. Knowing that people I really like such as Steve Carrell and Kyra Sedgwick have now gone zero for four, and that even those I don’t love like Hugh Laurie and Chandra Wilson haven’t yet been rewarded, is a real shame. The support for shows like “Mad Men” and “30 Rock” is odd because the best elements aren’t recognized. “Reunion” won for writing, but then Tina Fey, who’s pretty much behind the whole show, didn’t. Also, it’s preposterous that “24” is winning Emmys for supporting acting now after years of snubbing Dennis Haysbert, Xander Berkeley, and newly-crowned Emmy winner Shohreh Aghdashloo. The ceremony itself was a lot of fun, and dividing the show into different categories worked well. I particularly liked NPH's opening number and the Dr. Horrible segment. There’s not much to write home about regarding this year’s winner lineup. I predicted a mere 11/31 of the major categories, with the previously-announced guest categories (I got 3/4) bolstering my average a bit. The moral of the story is, don’t predict too many upsets or even mildly exciting wins. It just isn’t necessarily going to happen.

What do you think of the winners? How did you do on your predictions?


whiteygilmore said...

The winners took me into a mild depression as well abe. It was ugly haha.

Richter Scale said...

I actually enjoyed the Emmys this year more than any other year, partly because of Meil Patrick Harris, but I also loved the winners. I'm think I'm one of very few people on the net who was happy for Jon Cryer, because I love his show and he did great work this year as Alan (maybe not like when the show first started, but it was still good) and of course, Kristin Chenoweth made my day (I love Pushing Daisies, I still watch my DVDs of it). 30 Rock and Mad Men are great now, and I'm glad they're winning while they're great (and not when they start running out of steam, which will inevitably happen sooner or later).