The Emmys had a bad host and were still interminable despite everyone being at home

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Yesterday afternoon Kaiser and I talked over the phone about our Emmy coverage plan. She was cracking me up so much, as usual (just listen to our podcast), describing how awful it was going to be. I didn’t believe her and thought they might do something fun with it. Also as usual she was right. The Emmys tried to do a regular format with some quarantine twists and they failed miserably, in my opinion. This is NOT the time to do a three hour awards show with dumb jokes, a bunch of filler segments and in-person presenters. If they would have tried to shave even a half hour off I would have been somewhat happy with it, but they did not. It lasted the full three f’ing hours. I live on the east coast, I get up before 5 am and I normally go to bed around 9. If you mess with my bedtime and then try to mock me about it, as Jimmy Kimmel did, I will hold a grudge and deliver that sh-t cold. He saiddon’t complain about how long the show is. The Lakers game is over, what else do you have to do? Play Candyland with kids for the 9 thousandth time? We got you right where we want you, you son of a bitch.” Of course Kimmel would make it all about himself.

Just wait Kimmel. How’s that long vacation after your blackface scandal working out for you? Yes Kimmel is good at smack-talking Trump and advocating for healthcare and human rights, but he bugs me so much now.

The Emmys did put some fun twists into the night. They sent out over a hundred camera kits to all the attendee’s houses so we got to see everyone react live as the awards were announced. People in LA and even some in other places, like the Schitt’s Creek team in Toronto (more on them in another post!) got to get their Emmys delivered by people in blow up hazmat-type suits. Apparently these Emmy deliverers showed up to every nominee’s house for some categories, as shown in Ramy Youssef’s tweet:

That’s cute as hell! Other categories, like Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series, had these box things that would open remotely and dispense confetti and an Emmy if the person won. That was inventive, but this is quarantine Emmys, they could have had a whole team of people cutting live to the celebrities’ homes and having them doing little prearranged segments, like Hugh Jackman baking (he loves baking), Helena Bonham Carter feeding her dogs treats (she did this live I loved it) and celebrities talking about activism. (We needed more of a nod to the times.) Instead, we got the same show as always just without the in-person glamour. There were some celebrities who showed up to present, like Tracee Ellis Ross, but the jokes fell flat and just added to the plodding feel.

Kimmel’s opening monologue, where they tried to make it look real by splicing in sound and audience shots from other Emmys, was creepy as hell. (I counted several years going on the women’s gowns. Sarah Hyland’s and Viola Davis’s shots were from 2017, Regina King’s was from 2018, Rachel Brosnahan’s and Kristen Bell’s were from last year.) It messed with me a lot and revealed so much about their approach to this year’s show. They tried to fit into an old outdated format and expected us to be entertained.

Another highlight were the essential workers presenting awards, like the history teacher and the UPS delivery person. Some were not as successful though.

D-Nice was fun and I really liked H.E.R.’s performance and the in memoriam segment. They ended with Chadwick, as they should have.

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  1. Michelle says:

    Jimmy Kimmel just sucks. He’s not funny to me and the opening monologue was cringe-worthy.

  2. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I’m happy to say I didn’t watch a single moment of the show. I lost interest in the Emmys years ago. I am happy that Zendaya, Watchmen and Schitt’s Creek all did well.

    • Esmom says:

      I didn’t watch either so I am eagerly awaiting more recaps.

      As for the length, three hours does seem long. My nonprofit’s fundraising foundation is moving to a virtual format instead of a live dinner dance/auction event next year and the virtual event planners all say not to do more than an hour, even if your live event was 5-6 hours.

      Given that this is Hollywood, I would expect longer than an hour, so maybe two would be a good compromise, lol.

  3. Darla says:

    I really don’t find male comedians funny, and I think it’s because much of their humor is based on meanness, and let’s be honest, quite often, misogyny. That’s why that Chris Rock isht on the Michelle thread, well i stayed away from that. I have seen his act back in the day.

  4. Case says:

    No interest in Jimmy as a host, but I very much enjoyed last night’s show. In this format I would’ve preferred if they limited on-air awards to performances and comedy/drama of the year to cut it to two hours, but beyond that complaint, I had a great time watching. The exploding Emmy boxes were cute, it was fun to see people celebrating at home, and it was cool how they had frontline workers introducing awards. Much better than the weird virtual reality VMAs and, for me at least, a very needed break from our dark reality. It was a great mix of normal and new-normal.

  5. Chaine says:

    So sick of these misogynistic male comedians. Just watched the video from the post on Jennifer Anniston where he made a creepy comment implying she flashed the camera in her bathrobe. Why is that even necessary? Really unfunny and disrespectful. He’s not really any different than he was in The Man Show back whenever that was, I hate him.

  6. Tiffany says:

    D-Nice should have been the host and DJ.

    Who asked for Kimmel?

  7. Yolanda says:

    I never liked him as a host,the only thing I found funny about his show is the fake fight between him and Matt Damon,but even that, I am bored with that for a few years now.
    I remember I watched Henry cavill on his show last year?
    He kept being rude during the interview and tried to make it like it’s just a joke, it’s for fun.
    But it’s not funny, it just made me feel uncomfortable.
    In recent years, I have grown more and more annoyed about him.

  8. Mia4s says:

    I didn’t watch. (I never watch awards shows. Any high points will be online at some point). I am however super curious for the ratings.

    On one hand, I think the potential trainwreck factor may have drawn some viewers who would not normally watch….on the other hand? Not that this was ever important but, wow, this year it somehow seems even less important.

  9. ME says:

    I tuned in and was only going to watch for about half an hour until Big Brother aired, but I ended up watching the entire 3 hours. I got interested in how the celebs were going to accept their awards and what they would wear. Seeing Zendaya win was worth watching !

  10. Sorella says:

    They did a good job with everyone being on video at home. but otherwise. the show as a yawn and I lost interest. I would have LOVED to see Laura Linney and Ozark get some love, that show deserves it. I WISH I loved Schitt’s Creek, but I just can’t get into it (and feel awful as a Canadian even saying that lol!). But seems I’m obviously in a very small minority as everyone else seems to love it.