Five Things We Learned at the 2014 Emmy Awards
The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards are in the books, and by most accounts it was a mixed bag of laughs, tears, and some snooze-worthy segments. Still, it had it’s teachable moments – and we’ve compiled five of our favourites:
The flames of love can never be extinguished
It’s been 17 years since Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston appeared on another legendary television show – Seinfeld – as dentist Tim Whatley. But even though nearly two decades have passed since Whatley dated Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character Elaine on the classic comedy, Cranston wasted no time jumping in front of his former co-star, who’d just won the Emmy for actress in a comedy series (for Veep), and planting a passionate kiss on her lips. Louis-Dreyfus embraced Cranston, and, yadda yadda yadda, they obviously both have very understanding spouses.
Billy Crystal should eulogize everyone
It’s still very strange for me, as for others, to use the past tense when referring to Robin Williams. He was a great comedian. He was a brilliant actor.
Award shows can learn from past mistakes
The show still went three hours. And it dragged at points. And not all the jokes landed. One bright point however, and a massive improvement over last year, was that the In Memorium segment took place all at one time.
If you remember last year’s Emmy Awards, the tributes to stars and industry figures who’d passed “all hit the wrong note, coming unannounced after an award or goofy sketch with no build up. All of a sudden, in the middle of the ‘fun’ – and I use that term loosely – it was time to be sad again because we had to remember someone else who died.”
This year’s In Memorium happened at one time, with the Robin Williams tribute following a montage of those we’ve lost in the past year. Sure, you’re still being reminded of a group of people who died just before bed, but until award shows figure out a better way to eulogize those who’ve passed (may I suggest more of a celebration of their work than a mourning of their passing?) this was pretty good. And lets not forget Sara Bareilles, who illuminted the segment with a beautiful performance of “Smile.”
Cable rules…sort of
Thanks to Breaking Bad, True Detective, Veep, The Colbert Report, and other hits, cable cleaned up during the Primetime Emmy broadcast, HBO and AMC.
Still, as Variety points out, when you look at the overall (televised and non-televised portions of the award ceremony), HBO still leads the TV world with wins (19) but the next four top winners were all networks (CBS, PBS, NBC, ABC).