For the first time in forever, I actually felt good about my television show choices in 2015/16 considering I recognized seventy per cent of the faces that graced my TV screen with their presence while watching the Emmys.
There were a couple of shockers, but the show was pretty predictable for the most part. Allow me to take you through the hits and misses of the night.
Let's start with the hits. Jimmy Kimmel was a decent host -- he wasn't great and he didn't suck. There were a few jokes that didn't go as planned such as one where he had it announced that Dr. Bill Cosby was coming on stage to present. The audience just sat and stared in silence. I sat and stared in silence. But he made up for it when he did a bit with Matt Damon.
For those who don't know, Kimmel and Damon have some history. The latter heckled Kimmel for losing to John Oliver Outstanding Variety Series. It was pretty epic and predictable (I mean, you had to have figured out that Matt Damon would be involved in some way).
The other hits included some lovely ladies from the television industry. Kate McKinnon was all of us when she accepted an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. She's repeatedly heard saying "Jesus Christ" as she struggled to find the right words to express how she was feeling. McKinnon was shocked, but well deserving. If you don't believe me, perhaps you'll believe Hillary Clinton (Kate is known for impersonating the presidential candidate on SNL) who tweeted out her support.
Transparent director Jill Soloway won for Outstanding Director of a Comedy Series continuing to break the glass ceiling. Julia Louis-Dreyfus joked that, "Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics". It is extremely true as we may see Hillary Clinton as the first female president (side note: she got a lot of air time).
There was also the moment Leslie Jones joked about her Twitter scandal and the fact that Sarah Paulson won an Emmy for portraying her date for the night -- Marcia Clark. Oh, and Canadians were beaming with pride when Tatiana Maslany won an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. To sum it all up, women rule.
Now, the misses -- I'll try not to be too harsh. Is it me, or is Terrence Howard a hot mess no matter where he goes? Okay, I take it back (the part about trying not to be too cruel). No, seriously.
Then you have the play-out music, which is harsher than this article. First, they play off Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang before Aziz even had a chance to say thank you. As if that wasn't bad enough, they played music and turned the lights off on an entire cast and crew that happens to be slipping my mind at this moment (take into consideration the fact that I'm writing this way past my bed time).
I've never been a fan of the play-out music. These people work all of their lives to get to that moment -- let them soak it in for at least a minute more before you cut them off.
In conclusion, I think I would give the show a seven out of ten. The people who made this all happen did a good job at keeping the show diverse and giving women the spotlight. All that needs to be added is some excitement.
Let the countdown to award season begin.
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