Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Post-Emmy Blahs

Anybody else feeling a little letdown after Sunday's Emmy Awards? Not that the show was bad -- Neil Patrick Harris did his darndest to keep it lively -- but some of the winners were not what many of us wanted or expected. (And by us, I mean me specifically.)

With Jeremy Piven out of the way, we were hopeful that N.P. Harris would pick up the Supporting Actor in a Comedy award, but instead it went to Jon Cryer from Two and a Half Men. Either of the two nominees from 30 Rock -- Jack McBrayer or Tracy Morgan -- would have been more acceptable than Cryer's fairly traditional portrayal of nice guy brother to Charlie Sheen's wildman. Kevin Dillon from Entourage is consistently the best thing on that show, Rainn Wilson's eccentric character is a weird wonder. Cryer seemed the least asute choice and certainly the safest. Not happy with that one.

And Toni Collette for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series? I don't think so. Collette's a good actress, but I wouldn't have thought that the Emmy voters would go for the kind of obvious stunt role here. They always say that the Oscars go to anybody doing a large accent or playing with a disability of some sort, and clearly some of that was in play here. Collette's work as the multiple personalities, though impressive, was not what I'd consider the ne plus ultra of comedic artistry. It's not even as though we should have to diss Toni Collette -- she's a really good actress -- but when all is said and done, I like to see this going to a funny lady, like Tina Fey or Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. That's the way I feel about this one. Not happy with that one, either.

On the other hand, very happy with Bryan Cranston's second win for Outstanding Actor in a Drama for his excellent work in Breaking Bad. He is a tremendous actor and seems to also be a really nice guy; gotta love that combo. Sad, though, that his co-star Aaron Paul didn't also win his Supporting category. Not that Michael Emerson from Lost isn't great, but judging from his acceptance speech, I don't see much difference between the character and Emerson himself. Ah...this is just carping, I know, but you hate to see your favorites not take that walk up to the stage.

Anyway, onward and upward, and congrats to all the winners!

1 comment:

Jane said...

Very disappointing. I also really thought Drew Barrymore was amazing in Grey Gardens. Would have liked to see her at least share the Emmy with Jessica Lange.

Not a great year for the Emmys at all. And such an outstanding crop of TV shows to choose from!