cap "Friends" comeback
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winner for most bloated and yet mundane three hours of award
giving goes to -- well, the Emmys, of course. Again. This was
the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and, not entirely surprisingly,
it has won this award 51 times.
If it wasn't
for Amy Brenneman's blue dress and Michael Chiklis' upset victory,
the Emmys would have been as heinous as MTV's "Video Music Awards"
and -- what are those awards nobody ever watches? -- the Tonys.
Yeah, the Tonys. If this trend continues, even the Latin Grammys
will be yawning.
show had to go on. "The West Wing" won as best drama series
and acting honors went to Allison Janney, John Spencer and Stockard
Channing. "Friends" took best comedy series for the first time
in its eight years, and Jennifer Aniston won as best actress.
Emmys also went to Ray Romano, Brad Garrett and Doris Roberts
of "Everybody Loves Raymond."
HBO's undertaker drama, "Six Feet Under" which came in with
23 nominations, won only for directing.
sampling of the show's highs and lows.
may not have been everyone's first choice, perhaps conjuring
up images of David Letterman at the Oscars, but the Emmys were
long overdue for something different -- and funny. O'Brien was
often fearless, mocking
egos and celebrities left and right. And he was, as usual, irreverent.
That said, he probably annoyed and puzzled much of America.
money, he was hilarious. The opening bit was great, with Conan
waking up hung over at Ozzie Osbourne's house. From there, it
got even funnier, with
him admitting that NBC was forcing him to find a "love interest"
for the rest of the show. Suddenly, Conan locks eyes with Aniston
as the music swells. Then he looks left to lock eyes with an
angry Brad Pitt. Shunned, he catches the stunned but loving
look of Garry Shandling and suddenly the two are riding horseback
on the beach.
Stewart proved to anybody who didn't already know that he'd
be a terrific host.
won best supporting actor: Um, sure. Not expected, but hey,
Middle America loves that show.
her Emmy, Roberts said: "This is what happens when you're young
a telestrator in one of those uncomfortable Hollywood jokes
spoofing celebrity seating assignments. There were a few gems.
Circling two sections, he said one featured "black people who
watch 'Frasier,' " and the other, "a woman with real breasts."
won, it was the first moment of justice of the night.
was called the sexiest man in Hollywood and one of the greatest
writers in TV history. That's a pretty good night. It probably
made for a sizzling little post-party bender.
was the big winner, taking another Emmy for the movie, "The
Matthew Shepard Story." That's great. But what the hell were
all the women on "The West Wing" wearing?
like that Tina Fey quite a bit. Funny girls in glasses -- yes.
point did you begin to think, 'Wow, this is boring. Why don't
they serve drinks.'
the Emmys decide to have stars of hit shows -- they were nominated
for an award, for God's sake, not hiding in obscurity up on
the BBC America channel -- explain their series? Look, if we
don't know anything about these shows, then why are we wasting
three hours of our lives on strangers?
an Emmy over Jon Stewart. That should never, under any circumstance,
prove that Emmy voters are often, if not always, insane, Michael
Moriarty won best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie
("James Dean"). That was so wrong it was asinine.
that part where Conan was talking about editing, as the camera
cut to his shoes and back, then to him as a child, etc.? Yeah,
that part. We laughed at that. Maybe that's an indication of
the boredom level.
plugs for its new fall shows -- actors coming on stage, even!
-- hit its nadir with "In-Laws," a show so horrendously unfunny
that it can only wish it had Conan doing his shoe bit.
one of the big new trends last night was women wearing dramatically
revealing gowns -- with no cleavage. That's not counting Oprah,
bit about his parents was funny ("Introduce me to McCloud!")
but even funnier when they didn't laugh.
point did you just give up and switch over to "The Sopranos"?
the "Saturday Night Live" cast write that Oprah humanitarian
thing? Once we figured out it wasn't a spoof, it was nice to
see the lady get a standing ovation. And Stedman's lip quivering?
Ah, it was all so dramatic. And touching. Or so we've been told
-- we fell asleep somewhere in the first quarter of her speech.
of Easy Company, though -- now that was a fine moment. And "Band
of Brothers" was a brilliant miniseries that deserved to win.
was the point of the Milton Berle ''retrospective"? Obviously
not to do him any justice. Though it was perversely pleasurable
to see Larry King get smacked with a big powder puff.
on "The Sopranos" when Meadow got up in Tony's face and called
him "Mr. Mob Boss." Come on, you know you were watching. In
fact, we could make up a bunch of fake winners for the Emmys
and you'd never know any better.
on why the Emmys can't win an Emmy: ''It's technically impossible
to get your head up your own ass."
Can he host
everybody does love Raymond.
little secret we probably shouldn't tell you. By the end, when
Aniston won, we were too tired to be snarky. It just seemed
nice that she won. Exactly -- nice. If you want your quarter
back, that's OK, too.
a fine actress and winning three times in a row is stellar.
was atrocious and, let's be honest, she didn't deserve to win.
this before and we'll say it again: Bloating the middle of the
show with nonsense doesn't allow those people we've stayed up
all night waiting to see any time to say anything of value.
Take Janney, for example. Not that we were waiting for her.
Michael Chiklis. God, we love that guy.
what would the Emmys be without giving another undeserved victory
to "The West Wing," when "Six Feet Under" should have nabbed
it? How many times does Sorkin have to tell voters they got
it wrong? And we got sap, too. "Friends" winning best comedy
was nostalgic payback.
probably in bed when it happened, but yes, the Emmys did finally
end. Let's all hope "The Sopranos" is a viewing alternative
again next year.