The Emmys Tonight

The 2015 Emmys are tonight. Andy Samberg is hosting.

So far, I'm not liking what I see on the red carpet. Here's Heidi Klum. This is one of the worst, worn by Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men. Too much tummy on Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef and I doubt chartreuse looks good on anyone. [More...]

Jamie Lee Curtis's look is too matronly. I don't like this dress either. Or this one. And what on earth was Alan Cumming thinking with these bizarre pant bottoms? He's not in Cabaret anymore. While I doubt they'd be flattering on anyone, he's much too short for them.

Here is the full list of nominees. Up for Outstanding Drama Series:

  • “Better Call Saul”
  • “Downton Abbey”
  • “Game of Thrones”
  • “Homeland”
  • “House of Cards”
  • “Mad Men”
  • “Orange is the New Black”

Interesting that The Good Wife isn't nominated, nor is Julianna Margulies.

There are hundreds of awards, including for "outstanding commercial." But I didn't see a single award for outstanding series in a foreign language. El Capo 3 and Senor de los Cielos 3 should be nominated, especially since both had subtitles.

Update: All in all, the most boring Emmys ever.

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    Yea, Viola won!!!!!! (5.00 / 3) (#12)
    by caseyOR on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 09:45:43 PM EST
    Viola Davis wins best actress. I love her. She does such a great job in everything she does.

    And a beautiful acceptance (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by caseyOR on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 09:46:54 PM EST

    I loved her speech. (none / 0) (#34)
    by Anne on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 10:49:27 AM EST
    Didn't see any of the rest of the show, but reading the comments from those who did watch, it seems seeing her acceptance may have been about the best part of the whole evening.

    Loved the reactions of Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington, as well.


    Pretty much true (none / 0) (#35)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 10:56:53 AM EST
    That and the VEEP and Olive Kitteredge team acceptance speech's. Was glad there were a lot of those.

    That was really the only surprise (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 07:33:30 AM EST
    Of the whole night.  I did not expect that.  But I'm very happy.  I agree she is amazing at everything she does.

    Happy to see Olive Kitteridge get so much love.   IMO it totally deserved it.


    One of my camera shots won an Emmy. (5.00 / 3) (#18)
    by fishcamp on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 08:34:15 AM EST
    Years ago while working for ABC Sports, American Sportsman, we were filming a kayak show, on the Yampa River, in western Colorado.  We had the U S National champion and the world champion kayakers with us.  I was set up, on a tripod, with a monster zoom lens, above an impossible to make waterfall.  The world champion, an Austrian fellow, decided to go for it, and didn't make it.  He and his kayak were sucked into the vortex churning below the falls.  Seemingly minutes later he and his kayak popped out and were rescued.  A 16 mm film camera with a 400' magazine load of film lasts 11 minutes at normal speed.  I shot the entire mag.  At that time sports shows entered a five minute unedited shot to the Emmy people.  My shot won.  The director/producer received the Emmy and said he would get one for me too.  That never happened.

    memoir (none / 0) (#53)
    by sj on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 09:16:26 PM EST
    Just saying.

    For the Record... (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 09:56:25 AM EST
    ...Andy Samberg is a comical genius IMO.  While I don't watch award shows, nor do I know how he did, he has been on and wrote for SNL for a decade, and while he is not a serious actor, if you like dumb comedies, he is damn funny.  Hot Rod & That's My Boy being two of my favorites.

    He has received an Emmy, several Golden Globes, and an American Comedy Award for his work.

    When this is the top headline (none / 0) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 10:13:15 AM EST
    From a Google search of his name


    just sayin.
    To each his own.  IMO it was unwatchable.   And apparently I was not alone.  But I think SNL has been unwatchable for decades.


    Even if I could get over evetything else (none / 0) (#30)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 10:37:45 AM EST
    the baby blue 1975 prom tuxedo put me way over the edge.

    Nothing on earth (none / 0) (#31)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 10:42:10 AM EST
    More subjective or relative than "funny"

    I actually rewatched Bastard Executioner (none / 0) (#32)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 10:45:11 AM EST
    Last night.  Speaking of award worthy tv.  

    I think you will really like it.   But don't blink.  

    You might even want a second run at it.

    It's excellent IMO.


    Recording the rerun of the pilot sometime early (none / 0) (#37)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 11:02:04 AM EST
    tomorrow morning, then will catch up.

    You had me at historical drama!


    I'm sure you know (none / 0) (#45)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 12:06:30 PM EST
    But it's tomorrow night

    Yup! my tivo said so (none / 0) (#46)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 12:15:48 PM EST
    Interesting... (none / 0) (#41)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 11:47:17 AM EST
    ...in that you have posted SNL skits here numerous times.  Not like I care if you like him, my point was more that he was well known, not that he did good or that SNL is funny, or whatever.

    If you say so (5.00 / 2) (#44)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 12:04:27 PM EST
    I have no memory of posting SNL skits.  But if I did I could imagine other reasons for doing it than I thought it was funny.

    Not that it matters one way or another.  

    Just t be clear I thought his hosting was godawful.  I actually had no memory of him otherwise.

    And btw I completely disagree that you have t like something to get the satire.  Again, not that it matters.

    I guess my problem is that I would like to watch awards shows.  I really would.  I would like to be able to watch because I am interested in who wins and loses.  And it really seems to me that the goal in the last few cycles is to make them as unwatchable as possible.  
    Like that's funn in itself.  To someone.  
    I know you want to watch.  Let's see just how badly you want to watch.

    But that's just me.

    For the record I thought last oscars and it host (who I am blanking at the moment) was equally godawful.

    all that admitting I am hardly a typical target audience member .


    not that you have to like it (none / 0) (#48)
    by CST on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 12:28:04 PM EST
    To get it, just that it helps because it is speaking to that audience, and clearly written/performed by two people who love the genre.

    For the Record... (none / 0) (#49)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 03:21:55 PM EST
    ...I would prefer that people I think are funny, stay in their respective areas of expertise and stay the hell away from hosting award shows.

    MacFarlane, was the target of a lot of attacks that had nothing to do with anything other than he was in spotlight for a week.

    What is the aversion into getting serious people for award shows, they get comedy folks then tear them down for doing comedy.


    Not if they are funny (none / 0) (#51)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 05:22:52 PM EST
    Did anyone criticize Jon Stewart?

    I didn't watch the Emmy's (none / 0) (#26)
    by CST on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 10:33:30 AM EST
    But I think awards shows have shown us time and again that just because someone is funny doesn't make them a good host.  Perhaps that was the case here.

    I do agree he is funny, and I think the abundance of musical numbers is certainly related to him personally and  his preference for such things, given that he was the digital short guy on SNL for years with the group Lonely Island.  Personally I love Lonely Island, but not everyone is going to have the same taste and as with many SNL bits there are certainly going to be some flops.


    I Was Only Pointing Out... (none / 0) (#43)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 11:49:58 AM EST
    ...that he is known, but I didn't make that clear.

    Agreed. (none / 0) (#47)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 12:19:48 PM EST
    I really like Seth MacFarlane's edgy humor, but he was clearly an ill fit for the job of hosting the Academy Awards.

    I might like him in that context (none / 0) (#50)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 04:29:35 PM EST
    I did like the opening number, and if that his specialty, I will check it out.

    It is hard to hold a show for 3 hours. I think he mostly just grated on me as it went on...and on..and on...The horrible writing for the presenters did NOT help. that was worse than anything he did.


    Finally, Jon Hamm gets his Emmy. (4.67 / 3) (#14)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 03:57:38 AM EST
    Congratulations to him and the rest of the "Mad Men" ensemble, past and present, onscreen and behind the cameras, for a stylish and provocative drama series that epitomized the television arts at its very best.

    Deliver me (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 07:22:13 PM EST
    From "clever" musical numbers.  This is awful.  Not going to make it far.   Set the DVR and go back for the actual awards when we are about two hours in so I can skip the stupid filler.

    Who the hell is Andy Sandburg.  Never made I don't care.

    Ha- I liked it, mostly. (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 07:24:03 PM EST
    The filler on now is stupid though.

    Why is it the assumption (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 07:30:18 PM EST
    That people who care about awards care about stupid badly done "musical" numbers?

    One of the mysteries of life I guess.  The show should be one hour long.  Announce the winners, thank you good bye.


    But how could they sell my eyeballs to advertisers (none / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 07:58:15 PM EST
    If it were only an hour long?

    Holy hell, about halfway in you will be (none / 0) (#10)
    by ruffian on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 08:27:55 PM EST
    wanting that opening number back. Better than the fake commercial they have in store for you.

    I FFed to Violas speech (none / 0) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 07:38:07 AM EST
    That's all I saw. It's looked absolutely dismal zooming by.

    It was pretty grim (none / 0) (#17)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 08:32:28 AM EST
    I never saw Andy Samberg before...most of the presenters made me happy I do not watch their shows.

    Never saw him before (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 08:34:43 AM EST
    Hope fervently to never see him again and that I may live out the balance of my life never knowing why someone thought he should do that.

    How can you not have seen (none / 0) (#21)
    by Chuck0 on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 08:59:27 AM EST
    "Dick in a Box" with Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake? One of the few genuinely funny things done by SNL in the last 15 years.

    Ah (none / 0) (#22)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 09:05:48 AM EST
    Actually I did sweet hat.  Did not make the connection.   No offense, I thought it was really stupid.  

    I did sweet hat (none / 0) (#23)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 09:10:39 AM EST
    Oh man.

    let me guess (none / 0) (#29)
    by CST on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 10:36:07 AM EST
    not a 90s R&B fan?

    Does it show? (5.00 / 1) (#39)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 11:26:36 AM EST
    I find in order (none / 0) (#40)
    by CST on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 11:33:36 AM EST
    to like a satire, it helps to like the original genre.

    Never saw it either.... (none / 0) (#27)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 10:34:24 AM EST
    and you answered your own question...if a show only has one genuinely funny thing in 15 years, I tend to stop watching. Have not watched SNL for at least that long.

    Thanks for explaining a Justin Timberlake reference during the show that went right over my head!


    HA (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 08:42:07 AM EST
    Remember what I said yesterday about SLATE being the most dependably wrong and stupid thing on earth?

    I give you the EMMYs review-

    The 2015 Emmys Reminded Us That The Emmys Can Be Good TV

    Seriously.  I believe this has to be a coordinated effort company wide.   There really is no other explanation.


    Are we officially too old? (none / 0) (#28)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 10:35:35 AM EST
    Used to be these shows were geared to people our age...not anymore apparently.

    You're not your age anymore (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by CoralGables on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 10:47:04 AM EST
    LOL - I mean they were geared toward (none / 0) (#36)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 10:59:56 AM EST
    people older than me, but I did not mind.

    But yes, possibly those people that were older than me were about 35!


    I am definitely (none / 0) (#38)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 11:05:49 AM EST
    Not my age anymore.  

    I was so much older than.... (5.00 / 2) (#42)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 11:47:42 AM EST
    I'm younger than that now.

    --Bob Dylan of course


    Although I like the (none / 0) (#52)
    by sj on Mon Sep 21, 2015 at 09:14:38 PM EST
    version by the Byrds. I'm not sure I've ever Dylan's version. Although he wrote it. (Now I have. George Harrison, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neal Young and Eric Clapton? Can it get any better than that? I might have to get the DVD).

    Yes, I have that 30th anniversary record (none / 0) (#54)
    by ruffian on Tue Sep 22, 2015 at 08:18:27 AM EST
    love the version on that. I did not know there was a DVD - might have to go on my Christmas list!

    Dylan's original version did not sound as smooth as the Byrds...not sure I have a recording of it, but I have heard it someplace. I do prefer the Byrds version.


    The Byrds were a bit before my time. (none / 0) (#55)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Sep 22, 2015 at 02:44:53 PM EST
    But then, I was all of six or seven in their heyday. I'll have to explore the body of their work in retrospect, like I did with Buffalo Springfield. Sometimes, that's the best way to really come to appreciate how good or even transcendent some musical artists actually were in their time.

    Then again, trendy popschlock will likely never improve with age, no matter the number of decades which pass by. Further, while there's often a fine line between transcendent and pretentious, in some instances that line appears to have been drawn sharply with a black crayon.



    But That View Changes Over Time... (none / 0) (#56)
    by ScottW714 on Tue Sep 22, 2015 at 05:24:56 PM EST
    ...how much 80's trendy garbage do you here today and like ?  For me it's a lot, Cyndi Lauper, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds, Psychedelic Furs, and on and on, all poppy garbage to me when it was on the radio in the 80's, now I dig a lot of that stuff, and certainly appreciate the artistic value that eluded me at the time.

    There are exceptions, of course. (none / 0) (#57)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Sep 23, 2015 at 05:41:07 AM EST
    "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" is probably one of the catchiest tunes of the '80s, and Cyndi Lauper -- a recent winner of several Tony Awards for her original score in the Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" -- proved to be a real talent with staying power.

    But from my high school days, the Bay City Rollers & Tiger Beat's teen heartthrob Shaun Cassidy will never sound good in retrospect. And I swore that Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" was briefly used by emergency room physicians to induce vomiting in overdose patients, until the Geneva Conventions prohibited its repeated play as the equivalent of sheer torture.

    And to get back to Jeralyn's TV theme, let me conclude by saying that the '70s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter" had to be the stupidest comedy to ever hit the air back then, even if it did introduce us to an eventual two-time Oscar nominee for best actor named John Travolta -- though you'd have never predicted that on the basis of his silly supporting role in that show.



    I Was Thinking... (none / 0) (#58)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Sep 23, 2015 at 12:30:14 PM EST
    ...more like Time After Time, which I would currently call a classic, while I hated it when it came out.  I don't know that I will ever like 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun', ever, but probably because I am a boy.

    Speaking of, I would say the soundtracks of 'Saturday Night Fever' or 'Grease  would fall into it sucked at the time, but now I dig it, category.

    Obviously, it's personal taste, but I do find pop grows on me with time.


    Miles Davis loved Time After Time (none / 0) (#59)
    by jondee on Wed Sep 23, 2015 at 01:16:02 PM EST
    he and his band used to play it in concert quite a bit in the last few years before he died..

    I liked 'True Colors' too (none / 0) (#60)
    by ruffian on Wed Sep 23, 2015 at 03:41:44 PM EST
    I feel the same way about the Saturday Night Fever songs. They were just on the radio too much for me to appreciate them at the time - got so sick of them.  Now I really like some of them, especially 'How Deep is Your Love'.

    I was 16 when "Saturday Night Fever" ... (none / 0) (#61)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed Sep 23, 2015 at 04:56:47 PM EST
    ... was first released in theatres, and I can't say that I was all that impressed when I saw it at the time.

    But I saw it again on TCM last February for the first time in well over three decades, during that network's "31 Days of Oscar" sweeps, and my opinion about it has evolved accordingly. "SNF" is entirely reflective of the times in which we lived in 1977. Great period pieces in cinema are those which manage to capture the moment without ever feeling false or contrived, and John Travolta's evocative performance as Tony Manero was truly worthy of the Oscar nomination he received.

    That said, I'm still not a Bee Gees fan, and likely will never be. I've never cared for "SNF" soundtrack album.



    Interesting idea about the foreign language (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 07:22:24 PM EST
    nominations. Maybe they need to add a category for that.

    I won't spoil any winners since I am on the east coast...

    Fashion wise I think I liked a pink and black and white dress I saw the best, but for the life of me I can't remember who was wearing it. That is probably a bad sign.

    Be sure to catch Andy Samberg's opening number. Pretty funny.

    We don't have to agree on everything (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 07:24:29 PM EST
    You do have the right idea though (none / 0) (#6)
    by ruffian on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 07:33:47 PM EST
    I'm hitting record and coming back in half an hour to zoom through the endless commercials.

    I've got two tonight (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 07:44:03 PM EST
    The Strain and Fear The Walking Dead.

    Feel free to talk about winners.  I will check out now and watch it later.   There is occaisionally something worth watching.

    That first musical number just did it for me.


    It's the Seahawks and Packers for me... (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by fishcamp on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 07:50:58 PM EST
    Reg E Cathey should present every award (none / 0) (#11)
    by ruffian on Sun Sep 20, 2015 at 09:10:36 PM EST