Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Emmy Wrap Up

With all the awards handed out and every one back at work, we can take a look back on this years Daytime Emmy Awards. After a shaky start of possibly no telecast, the CW network picked up the show. I'd be willing to bet that they won't be doing that again. This years Daytime Emmys received the worst ratings yet. Viewed by only 2.2 million viewers, the show had a 58% drop over last years ratings. Wow. That does not bode well.

Having watched the pre-show first, my overall opinion of it was that it was more like an hour long commercial for CW and it's shows. Better than nothing? I suppose so. And I got to learn more about the new Melrose (which I'll be watching so I can see former AMC hottie, blink and you missed him during the telecast, Colin Egglesfield) and more about another show I'm interested in, The Vampire Diaries. But they really need people who are involved in daytime to host the red carpet. Having people who know what questions to ask the stars helps.

Vanessa Williams served as host and I thought the opening number was very well done, funny and cute. And of course I loved the first award of the night, Outstanding Supporting Actor. The award was a tie between AMC's Vincent Irizarry (David) and former AMCer Jeff Branson (ex-Jonathan, now on GL) Not too shabby!

I hoped, along with lots of other AMC fans I'm sure, that this award was going to set the pace for the night. Not to be. As award after award was given out, AMC actors and actresses were met with defeat. But at least there were actually AMC stars to root for this year. In previous years, AMC would get one or maybe two nods. This year, AMC got six acting nominations as well as other nominations, winning a total of five awards. Including Vincent's win, AMC also won Outstanding Achievement in Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing, Outstanding Achievement in Light Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control (in a tie with Y&R), and Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design.

Let's talk stupid wastes of time. Now, as much as I love *sigh* Gilles Marini and seeing him dance again makes my heart go pitter pat, the dance number for him and Vanessa Williams was an absolute waste of time. It had no reason to be in this show. And by adding it in it succeeding in cutting off any time that first time show winner Bold and Beautiful could have had to say their thanks. Seriously, what was the point? They had this but no In Memoriam? You know, a little tribute to Eileen Herlie would have been nice. At least Guiding Light got their send off. And quite honestly, I don't think it was nearly a big enough or special enough tribute to a show that has run for 72 years!

Certainly my darling husband, Mr. Diva, loved seeing the insanely gorgeous Chrishell Stause (Amanda) in a bikini as a Bond girl. But was the whole daytime fashion show segment necessary? It was supposed to be a tribute to the make up, costume and hair departments on the soaps, but it seemed more like a thrown together piece of fluff. I think to better honor those departments, a look at the people who actually do those jobs behind the scenes would have been better tribute to them.

All in all, I can't complain too much about the Daytime Emmy telecast because quite frankly, it was probably the last one that will be televised. And there were some really great highlights to the show.... Vincent's win, the Feed the Children segment was wonderful and had me in tears, the Sesame Street Lifetime Achievement Award segment was so sweet and well done, and of course, the fact that Trebek didn't win always makes my day. So what did you think? Is the fact that the ratings have plummeted so low for this years telecast the end of the Daytime Emmys as we know them? Is it another nail in the already shaky daytime coffin?


Little Libby said...

Actually, I thought it was pathetic. They started out with a lot of "chit chat" and then the presenters were just rushed along towards the end.

I don't know if I even saw the end of the show because all of a sudden, the news was on our station and I didn't hear a "good night" from Ms. Williams.

Sad, sad.

Diane said...

I am so happy that AMC won "Outstanding Achievement in Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing!" If ever there was an award they deserved that would be the one. Yeah!! Okay, no idea what the heck it even is...LOL I'm sure the sound mixing team was thrilled though.

shania fan said...

they sure of done a memory to Asa and Clint from One life to live they died this year and both were great actor.

Little Libby said...

No remembrance of Eileen Hurley (Myrtle) either. Repeating myself: pathetic show.