Perhaps its my pessimism or understanding of human nature, but most of the 2010 Emmy Awards were dished out in expected ways. Let’s see, there was Glee, Glee, Glee, and oh yeah, some other shows that apparently no one watches like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Instead of being realistic awards derived from independent judges, the Emmy Awards feels more like McDonald’s winning the award for best hamburger joint.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some of those other shows. Dexter is one of my favorites that didn’t get the ax this year, and it managed to snag Outstanding Guest Actor and Outstanding Director. However, Glee is like watching soap opera teen heartthrobs singing karaoke over your local easy-listening radio station of choice. The fact that Glee won Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress and Director in a Comedy surprises me about as much as the most popular jock and the hottest girl winning Homecoming King and Queen my senior year in high school.
Probably the most upsetting part of the night, though, was when the Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series was awarded to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Granted, Stewart is funny, but given that The Daily Show had already stacked up a half-dozen Emmy awards, it really should have gone to Conan O’Brien for his stint with The Tonight Show.
O’Brien seemed to be given the shaft, bowed out gracefully, and made the world laugh the entire time this huge legal battle ensued. In all, not only did O’Brien and his team of writers and comedians make those short weeks exciting and shoot-beer-out-of-your-nose funny. But they also did it while the rug was being pulled out from under them. Double bonus brownie points to a crew who nailed The Tonight Show for all its greatness. Extra gold star stickers for turning the shortest stint of The Tonight Show into probably the best three weeks of television since Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show.
But the best part of the whole night was when “Temple Grandin” won Outstanding Made for Television Movie. The woman by the same name for which the unheard-of movie is named stood pointing and demanding her mother stand up and be recognized for her support. If you were not tearing up, you are dead inside.
Sans Grandin’s moment in the sun, only Jimmy Fallon’s usually boring but sometimes entertaining skits saved the night. His music montage tribute to three of television’s most popular series coming to an end was brilliant, if not Glee crossed with SNL.