The Emmy Awards have always been something that people watch to see various celebrities win awards for their roles in movies and television. Over the past few years, the number of people watching the Emmy Awards has fallen, which has created some worry among fans of the ceremony. This weekend, the Emmy Awards were on television, and it seems that more people watched the ceremony this year.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Jimmy Fallon hosted the Emmy Awards Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. Fallon being the host of the Emmy Awards helped net the ceremony a slightly higher number of viewers than last year. The 2010 Emmy Awards also featured many new shows and people in their nominations, which might have helped increase the ratings. This year, the ceremony was held in August so that it would not have to compete directly with the National Football League. Fallon helped reenergize the viewers and crowd, and made the ceremony an exciting television event.
Fallon’s performance as the host is similar to when Conan O’Brien hosted the show in 2006. According to the Internet Movie Database, O’Brien was the host of the 2006 Emmy Awards and was hysterical. O’Brien is also a comedian, and has found luck in the late-night television area. O’Brien hosting the 2006 Emmy Awards might have been successful enough to land him as host of “The Tonight Show” after Jay Leno left. O’Brien was a very good host for the Emmy Awards because he is very funny, although some of his humor is a little drier than what some people prefer.
Some people were not happy with O’Brien at the Emmy Awards because the opening comedy routine was about a plane crash, which offended a lot of people. Although O’Brien did slump a little because of the bad joke, it was not enough to bring down his ratings. The ratings of the 2006 Emmy Awards were not as good as people had hoped, which could be due to the bad joke in the beginning. O’Brien was very successful after he hosted the ceremony, and is now going to be hosting his own comedy show on TBS. O’Brien has always been known for being funny, and his humor was able to translate during the Emmy Awards. Even though O’Brien might have started off as host of the Emmy Awards on the wrong foot, he was able to eventually make it right as the night progressed.
Fallon’s career will be affected in a positive way by his performance hosting the 2010 Emmy Awards. Fallon’s career has dwindled a little since he left “Saturday Night Live,” and this might be what it takes to reenergize his career. Fallon does host his own late-night variety show, but the ratings have not been very good for the past year. I think that, since O’Brien was able to have a successful career after the Emmy Awards, Fallon should be able to do the same thing. Fallon is a little different than O’Brien, but they both have very unique humor that they are able to fit into just about any television show. People have been losing interest in Fallon over the past few years, but hosting the Emmy Awards might be able to increase his following. Fallon was okay on “Saturday Night Live,” but he definitely was not the best comedian on that show, which might make some people wonder about his career. Although Fallon might not have had the highest ratings on “Saturday Night Live,” he has gone on to be successful as a comedian elsewhere. Whether the writing is to credit for his success at the Emmy Awards or Fallon has just gotten better, this is certainly going to enhance his career.
Joe Flint, “Jimmy Fallon and a host of new winners keep Emmy viewership from falling”, The Los Angeles Times
Internet Movie Database Staff, “Conan O’Brien”, Internet Movie Database