Although I am a shameless TV junkie, I have to say I’m not always a fan of the Emmys. They usually wind up awarding the same actors and the same shows over and over again — if you saw last year’s seemingly endless fellation of The Sopranos, you know what I am talking about. Nonetheless, I watched this year’s show because, hey, I was home and on the couch, and making a midterm study guide for my literature classes was only taking up 20% of my brainpower, so I needed something else to do.
It was another unremarkable show, made interesting only by the occasional glimpses of my favorite nominees: Hugh Laurie, Neil Patrick Harris, and the whole Mad Men posse.
I was predictably psyched to see Mad Men win for best drama, especially after they failed to pick up any acting awards. Congratulations, you clever, attractive people!
30 Rock, of course, picked up the award for best comedy (after Tina Fey was awarded for her acting and writing and Alec Baldwin for his acting):
I have to say, 30 Rock is not a show I have been watching. Out of a mix of boredom and curiosity spwaned by hearing so much about the show in the week leading up to the Emmys, I had decided to download the first season so I could check it out. Fortuitously enough, it finished downloading just minutes after the Emmy broadcast, and I was able to watch a few episodes. And, um, I guess I am really not sure what the big deal is. While it’s certainly better than comedies like Two and a Half Men or Everybody Loves Raymond — which have both, utterly inexplicably, also been nominated and awarded consistently over the years — it’s just nowhere near as good as The Office or (the totally underappreciated but AWESOME) How I Met Your Mother. I’ll probably try to watch a few more episodes just in case something magically sinks in, but for now, my verdict is: OVERRATED.