Emmys 2016

Update: I think Jimmy Kimmel is doing a terrific job.

I loved the part with his mother making PB&J sandwiches for everyone. Great delivery on line about how people who are allergic to peanuts are out of luck, they could only afford one epi-pen.

I also liked his asking Marcia Clark if she was rooting for OJ tonight. And the Trump bashing -- by everyone. Kimmel's best Trump line: "If it wasn't for television, would Donald Trump be running for president? He would be at home right now rubbing up against his wife Malaria."[More...]

I'm not a fan of the show The People vs. OJ Simpson -- the real life defense lawyers are much more interesting than their screen counterparts, and I remember the trial well enough that I don't need this "refresher." I don't know why people want to see more of the losing prosecutors in the case, other than guilt sells in America. The forensics were deplorable in the case, the prosecution should have lost. There was no other choice. Next to "if the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit" my favorite line in the (real) trial was "How about that, Mr. Fong?" . Barry Scheck's entire closing argument is here. Johnny Cochran's first closing is here and his rebuttal (second) closing is here.

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The Emmys Red Carpet has begun. Here's the official website. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting for the second year.

Here's a play at home ballot for the Emmys, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times. Here's a complete list of the nominees.

Last night the Creative Arts Emmys (given out Sept 10 and 11) aired on FX. Now, that's how you do an awards show. It was edited in such a way that the presenters announced the award while the nominees flashed on the screen, and they immediately announced the winner, after which the winner was on stage (they edited out the part of watching them to the stage) and gave an acceptance speech edited to 10 seconds or less.

James Corden's Late Late Show won two, one for the Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special, and for Interactive Program.

John Oliver's Last Week Tonight won for best writing in a variety series. Making of a Murderer and American Crime Story (O.J. Simpson) won a lot, as did Grease Live. Narcos (the fictional Netflix show glorifying two DEA agents' version of killing Pablo Escobar and taking down the Medellin cartel) didn't win. It was nominated for 3 Emmy's: Main title theme music, main titles and single camera editing of a drama series.

Fargo was also very popular.

The Creative Arts awards actually made me want to see some of the shows I've been avoiding. Watching these craftspeople accept their awards made me realize how hard they work and how invested they are in the shows they work on. They don't get anywhere near the attention that the on camera stars do, yet without them, there would be no show. I'll be thinking about them tonight as I watch the show.

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    Opening is funny...Jeralyn you will enjoy a little (none / 0) (#1)
    by ruffian on Sun Sep 18, 2016 at 07:04:38 PM EST
    car pool karaoke.

    And Jeb Bush driving Uber is pretty funny.

    I tend to think every award Veep does not win is (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Sun Sep 18, 2016 at 07:38:16 PM EST
    robbery...but I guess it does not help when they have 3 nominees in every category.

    I really wanted (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 18, 2016 at 08:12:05 PM EST
    Lily Tomlin to win, but then I've never watched Veep (I am not a Julia Dreyfus fan)

    Ont hat one although I really think Julia deserves (none / 0) (#4)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 19, 2016 at 08:47:18 AM EST
    I would have been ok with Lily Tomlin winning since JLD has won so man already.

    Julia speech was so touching. I did not know her father had just died. It was a rare time I have genuinely teared up over something at an awards show.

    If you can, just watch the episode from the latest season titled 'Mother'. You don't even need much backstory to 'get' it.  It is so funny, just the right touch of humor and irony. If you do not like it then it may just not be for you and I will stop trying!  It is hard to stop trying to get everyone to watch this show. I really think it is one of the best shows ever.


    Gees, worst typing ever. And i'm on a computer so (none / 0) (#5)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 19, 2016 at 08:48:02 AM EST
    have no excuse!!!  Sorry!

    I thought Kimmel was perfect, and I (none / 0) (#6)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 19, 2016 at 08:55:04 AM EST
    an mot a fan of his at all. It is really hard to get the tome right on these things, but he was just right. Maybe it is a function of mood, people in the room, etc.

    Not to sound like the card carrying liberal that I am, but I truly enjoyed all of the diversity in the room. And Kimmel's dry comment about not being sure the call for 'end the patriarchy' was good for him was really funny.

    Favorite winners:
    Rami Malek - really charming. Loved his quip about the show - "are you seeing what I'm seeing?" with the 'Elliot' eyes.

    Sara Paulson - what's not to like?

    Ben Mendelsohn, though I wish he had been there. I was really glad to see him recognized. I thought he deserved it, but did not think he would win.

    Veep, I'm already on record as adoring. If Modern Family had won I would have been in danger of bashing my TV.

    Favorite fashion - Kristen Bell, Sarah Paulson, Rami Malek, Alison Janney (always).

    I thought the OJ show did a good job of (none / 0) (#7)
    by ruffian on Mon Sep 19, 2016 at 08:58:56 AM EST
    telling the story of the defense team, actually. It humanized them to me - Courtney Vance's Cochran was really interesting.  I'd watch another whole show just about him. Maybe that will happen someday.