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Kimmel’s Emmy Telecast is as Flat as Morgan On Stage

 

Except for an opening sketch featuring several female nominees punching a nervous Jimmy Kimmel to get him out of a toilet stall to host, Sunday night’s Emmy Awards didn’t have much comedic punch.

Kimmel was far from a knockout. He is likable even when he is being a bit of a jerk, like in the scene in which he fulfilled his plan to be weird when he jokingly kicked his (supposed) parents out of the audience. But his opening monologue didn’t have many memorable lines, the bit featuring Tracy Morgan fell as flat as Morgan was on stage and the one featuring Josh Groban mocking out “In Memoriam” presentations at all awards show was clever but unfunny and inappropriate.

The actual “In Memoriam” introduced by Opie (Ron Howard) was as moving as usual, with Howard saluting his late mentor Andy Griffith before the late composer and conductor beloved in Buffalo, Marvin Hamlisch, led off the sweet goodbyes.

Jimmy Kimmel: More Likable Than Funny

Like Kimmel, the comedic winners didn’t have many memorable moments. Even presenter Tina Fey wasn’t funny. Anyone seeing Louis CK for the first time may have wondered why anyone thinks he is funny enough to win two Emmys. (He is darkly funny).

The funniest line of the night might have been the expletive deleted comment by Jon Stewart, who appeared to be talking about the predictability of the Emmys after the “Daily Show” won for the 10th straight year in the variety category.

“Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan annually has a funny speech and this year he didn’t disappoint, delivering a self-deprecating line about his winning the comedy directing award. I didn’t hear his speech after the series won as best comedy again because of technical difficulties that either hit ABC or its local affiliate, Channel 7. But I’m sure Levitan was as funny as he usually is during these speeches.

Jon Cryer looked as stunned as most of the audience after he won as best supporting comedic actor for “Two and a Half Men” and didn’t seem to have a speech prepared. “This is crazy,” said Cryer, who forgot to thank last year’s new co-star, Ashton Kutcher.

No arguing here. I guess he won as a career achievement award for surviving all those years with Charlie Sheen.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus win as best comedic actress for HBO’s over-rated “Veep” was almost as crazy since the HBO series gets as many viewers as there are writers for “The Daily Show.”

I won’t argue with the “Modern Family” wins of Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet, though I do feel for the 47 percent of the cast of that series that didn’t win.

As far as drama, the early deserving wins for Showtime’s “Homeland” for writing, best actor (Damian Lewis) and best actress (Claire Dane) made me stay up late just to see if “Homeland” would stop the “Mad Men” streak and win as best drama. It did at 10:50 p.m. and deservedly so, though I thought “Mad Men” had a strong season as well and didn’t deserve to be shut out. Even President Obama has said “Homeland” is one of his favorite series. Maybe all the wins for the series about a suspected American terrorist will even get more people to subscribe to Showtime or rent the DVDs.

HBO had to be satisfied with all its wins for “Game Change,” which explained some of the reasons that President Obama won the 2008 election. It wasn’t Sarah Palin’s favorite movie but there was no surprise it was a hit in liberal Hollywood with Emmy voters.

As predicted, NBC is running promos after one episode of “Revolution” calling it a hit and noting that critics love it along with millions of fans. Actually, it got very mixed reviews. I’m not a fan.

I am a fan of ABC’s “Castle,” which premieres its new season at 10 tonight opposite the second episode of “Revolution” and tries to advance the story of whether Kate (Stana Katic) and Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) finally get together. It is a terrific episode that combines elements of a screwball comedy and a mystery. It isn’t revolutionary TV but it is more watchable than “Revolution.” Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 4

I watched the pilot of the new CBS comedy “Partners” premiering tonight about two months ago and don’t remember much about it. I do recall that David Krumholtz is one of the stars in the comedy about a friendship between a self-described gay drama queen and a straight man with romantic problems. I also remember that it seemed loaded with stereotypes, the premise was old and moldy and the jokes stunk. I’m not about to watch it again to be reminded why I didn’t think much of it. I don’t even want to waste any time looking over my notes about it. In short, don’t waste your time tonight watching it. I was a fan of the early seasons of “Will & Grace,” a popular NBC series from the same creators.

Finally, all those promos during the Emmys for ABC’s “The Last Resort” weren’t exaggerating. I watched the pilot over the weekend and it is terrific. It premieres Thursday, when I will write more about it.

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1 response to "Kimmel’s Emmy Telecast is as Flat as Morgan On Stage"

  1. Judi says:

    Alan, I agree with you about the Emmys. And those were Jimmy’s real parents. They looked uncomfortable and embarassed about their unfunny time in the spotlight. And will probably tell their son, “That bit is why you did not win the Emmy.” And I don’t get the appeal of Tracy Morgan. He’s just not funny to me. I also am a Castle fan and can’t wait for the premiere tonight!

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