The Emmys and Other TV Tonight

The Emmys are on tonight. Its website is really lame, but AOL already has 341 photos from the Red Carpet up.

The Red Carpet area is really small and they are packed in like sardines. It's also very hot. The interviews are ongoing now on E! There was also some kind of threat so some of the stars had to walk part way. [More...]

Damages, the FX Series with Glenn Close playing a legal barracuda and Ted Danson as the rich corporate robber baron (which I was probably one of the ten people in America who watched) is up for best series. So is Mad Men, a series about the advertising world in the 1960's, and Boston Legal.

The Desperate Housewives stars look really good. The show has been revamped for this year when it leaps five years into the future. Gabby and Carlos have two fat little kids and talk about whether they should be on a diet.

Tina Fey is up for an best actress comedy award for 30 Rock, competing with Mary Louise Parker for Weeds. I hope Mary Louise Parker gets it. Glenn Close, Kyra Sedgwick (Closer) and Sally Field (Brothers and Sisters)are up for best actress in a drama series. Since I don't like prosecutor shows like Closer, I'm hoping Sally Field wins.

Best supporting actress puts Chandra Wilson of Grey's Anatomy against Rachel Griffiths of Brothers and Sister. No question in my mind that this year Rachel Griffiths should win. (Wilson was great the first year of Grey's Anatomy but the show really had awful writing this past year.)

In case any of you are watching, here's a thread to talk about the dresses, the shows and the awards.

Update: I don't want to leave anyone out and there's sports on tonight too. So whatever you are watching, or you wish was on to watch, or will be watching this season, feel free to chime in.

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    tommy smothers get s a special award (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 08:56:42 PM EST
    with a nice intro by Steve Martin. Tommy looks like he hasn't aged at all. I thought he was dead and it was going to be a memorial award. I'm glad I was wrong.

    He's giving a political speech, "there's nothing more scary than watching ignorance in action" and "Truth is what you get other people to believe."

    Dickie Smothers is there too in the audience.

    So, was comedy really so much better then?

    Nostalgia (none / 0) (#24)
    by andrys on Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 01:31:52 AM EST
    The young'uns here won't have know who a lot of those people were...  I had no idea many of them were still alive.

      Steve Martin is keeping in good shape, isn't he.  

      Smothers: it was like going through a time warp.  I enjoyed that although I was worried he wouldn't remember the next word and the audience seemed worried too.  Oh, the difference was they did their shows live back then - always added a bit of tension, and even way back THEN I thought their humor was relatively harmless, yet they were taken off the air abruptly for being too radical.  It was really shocking when it happened.

     Then Don Rickles?  Hasn't lost that sadistic touch!  I often thought his humor cruel but except for one strange joke in opening, he had me in stitches because I didn't think he could do the zingers so naturally, because he doesn't have an easy time walking.   He was obviously touched to win that Emmy.  Lily Tomlin with the rest of the cast from the old Laugh-in?  

      I was unnerved by Mary Tylor Moore's extreme thinness and what looks like muscle atrophy.  I don't think she realizes it's not healthy?  Used to love her show though.

      Does anyone here use DirectTV?  I wanted to quit Comcast Cablevision and try DirectTV but I've read tonight a lot of bad things about DirectTV (as well as a lot of negative things about Comcast's cablevision).

     I've had to watch cable news w/o being able to get CNN on the standard digital receiver at least, in the computer room.  No CNBC either.  Sometimes MSNBC and Fox don't come in either (broken images, sound) and it's only the cable news shows that are like that.  I've complained a few times and each time they fix it for about 2 days.  Of all the people to be deprived of cable news...


    I've subscribed to DirectTV (none / 0) (#26)
    by tootired on Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 10:38:25 AM EST
    since the mid-nineties without a single problem.

    Good to know (none / 0) (#27)
    by andrys on Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 07:08:57 AM EST
    What part of the country are you in?

      How is reception in bad weather?  Fog, wind...


    So's the last game at (none / 0) (#2)
    by nycstray on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 07:36:26 PM EST
    Yankee Stadium. {sniff}

    Yankee Stadium (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 07:43:38 PM EST
    My dad used to take me to games there when I was a kid. I don't follow the game any more but even I felt sad when I heard that tonight is its last night.

    BTW, all tv tonight is fine here, doesn't have to be the Emmys.

    We went for one last game (none / 0) (#12)
    by nycstray on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 08:54:24 PM EST
    Wed night

    Had many a fun time there. I'll hit the new stadium before I leave NY. It looks real nice so far. Tomorrow night, it's Shea stadium for the first game of their last regular season home stand. Haven't seen the new Shea yet, but I'll be hitting it up also before I leave.


    Recount Was Great (none / 0) (#4)
    by john horse on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 07:47:14 PM EST
    Its a movie where you know how its going to end but once you start watching you can't stop looking. In my opinion a very accurate depiction of what happened.  Also, Laura Dern's protrayal of Katherine Harris was spot on.  

    Indeed (none / 0) (#6)
    by andgarden on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 08:04:31 PM EST
    We did a watch event here when it first aired.

    Damages (none / 0) (#5)
    by progrocks on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 07:59:18 PM EST
    Is a great show with law as a theme.  Well, I am not going to say it is realistic as far ass the legal side goes, but it is amazingly tense in the drama department, and I highly recommend it.

    Howie Mandel got to fit in (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 08:08:28 PM EST
    a Sarah Palin joke about the bridge to nowhere, it was met with laughter and applause. Otherwise, a dismal opening.

    I missed 60 Minutes (none / 0) (#8)
    by NJDem on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 08:15:35 PM EST
    but this article from Politico was interesting.  I had a feeling McCain was going to pull the Andrew Cuomo thing (i.e. calling upon a Dem I mean).

    Did anyone else have any impressions from it?  

    I wonder if Andrew Cuomo approved that (none / 0) (#9)
    by steviez314 on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 08:19:36 PM EST

    the first Obama Ad (none / 0) (#10)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 08:23:49 PM EST
    at the Emmys at 7:23 pm. Will McCain advertise too?

    Stephen Colbert show wins (none / 0) (#11)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 08:49:26 PM EST
    for best comedy variety writing -- his wife is really pretty.

    Thank God he won. He was (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by oculus on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 08:58:48 PM EST
    begging, I tell you.

    1st McCain Ad (none / 0) (#15)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 09:00:07 PM EST
    on the Emmys at 7:59 pm.

    Another Obama Ad at (none / 0) (#16)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 09:30:12 PM EST
    8:30 pm

    Fyi, none here in the major market (none / 0) (#18)
    by Cream City on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 09:39:18 PM EST
    in Wisconsin, none by either candidate -- although we've seen plenty in recent weeks, and more than half of the ad budgets of both campaigns have been spent in the upper Midwest states in recent weeks.

    I rarely watch this channel, though; I see the ads on cable channels.  Or maybe the ad buys have been pulled because internals polls argue with the published ones that have us as a swing state again.  Great news if we're not; we've had more than enough political ads for a decade now.  And it would be nice to not have to worry about my vote.

    Maybe all the ad money is going to Colorado now.


    Then and now (none / 0) (#19)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 10:07:09 PM EST
    Tom Hanks, accepting an award for the John Adams show:

    "The election between Jefferson and Adams was filled with innuendo, lies, a bitter partisan press and disinformation, how great we've come so far since then"

    ok, I meant (none / 0) (#20)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 10:07:35 PM EST
    law enforcement

    Another McCain Palin Ad (none / 0) (#21)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 10:22:15 PM EST
    9:21 pm. Maybe it's just in Colorado.

    Local inserts no doubt (none / 0) (#22)
    by andgarden on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 10:32:17 PM EST
    The campaigns know where the real campaign is.

    Yet both Obamas are in Wisconsin this week (none / 0) (#23)
    by Cream City on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 10:50:10 PM EST
    as he is in Green Bay tomorrow, his only day of appearances this week, and she is making three stops around the state this week.  And McCain and Palin were here just a few days ago.

    Aha, wait -- I got it.  Ads in the Emmys would have been wasted here tonight, as the Packers were playing!


    We watched the Emmys during the commercial (none / 0) (#25)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 09:55:16 AM EST
    breaks of a NatGeo show about the Neanderthals. The NatGeo show was absolutely fascinating. I can't seem to remember anything about the Emmys...

    Also saw the animated movie Igor on Saturday. Clearly a political allegory with a liberal bent, and some well-done inside "actor" jokes for good measure. And pretty dam funny, to boot.