Yes, the (Primetime) Emmys® loom once again…
Unlike the various MOVIE awards, which take place during January and February (the “Awards Season”) whose qualifying period is the previous year, the Emmys® are presented in September, on the Sunday preceding the new TELEVISION year – which generally begins a couple of Mondays after Labor Day.
This is because the Autumn (US: “Fall”) Season is the most IMPORTANT of the year, having the highest RATINGS (it begins to get COLD outside).
Which explains why there is so much CRAP on TV in the SUMMER.
Anyhoo, with the DEATH of the movie industry, in terms of ADULT movies (“adult” meaning GROWN-UP – not porn) the last ten years have seen a mass MIGRATION of writers and other creatives – from movies to TV.
Thus it could well be argued that the Emmys® are now far more RELEVANT than the FORMER Kings Of Awards – the Oscars®.
This year, the ceremony will be hosted by SNL alumni, Andy Samberg – who should do fine.
So what are we likely to see on the twentieth of this month?
Well, this year has seen another slew of deserved Emmy®-winners, with HIGH-CONCEPT shows leading the race.
“Homeland” had a good fourth season – although its downbeat ending might have disappointed some.
“Elementary” – after three seasons, it is about time Emmy® recognised the efforts of Jonny Lee Miller, who has to work a LOT harder than Cumberbatch (24 eps a year, as opposed to Benny’s 2 or 3).
“24” went out with a BANG, featuring a 12-ep season in Britain that was at least as good as its 24-ep American counterparts.
“The Blacklist” – Alan Alda has already been promised a nod for his guest spot in Season Two – but is it not time Emmy® paid tribute to SPADER?
“House Of Cards” – this award-spattered version of the British classic has had two lots of Emmy® NODS thus far – but will they get CONVERTED, this time?
“Scorpion” is a newcomer with merit. It begins its second season the day after the Emmys® – but will it get recognition for its first?
“Forever” has been CANCELLED – but it is far from unknown for Emmys® to be presented to shows that have been dumped PREMATURELY. And while – like the afore-mentioned “Scorpion” – it was peppered with plot-holes, it showed a fair amount of promise.
“The Newsroom” – whilst this too is now over (COMPLETED – not cancelled) it has another nod for Jeff Daniels. But what about AARON SORKIN?? He WROTE all 25 eps of this masterpiece, yet while too being award-spattered, Emmy® has IGNORED him, ever since “West Wing” ended.
“Under The Dome” – arguably the HIGHEST of the high-concept shows (a hick town trapped inside a giant sandwich-cover) its three series have demonstrated the law of diminishing returns – but it still deserves props for EFFORT.
And “Limitless” promises much – from the boys who brought you “Scorpion” and a few years back, “Fringe”.
Whilst it goes without saying that ALL of the above shows should get WRITING nods (they cannot ALL win).
And there are plenty of STANDARD-concept shows that are deserving…
“Bones” should get a director nod for David Boreanaz, for helming last December’s “Hitchcock” ep.
The new “Hawaii Five-O” is solid entertainment. Likewise “Castle”, “NCIS” – and its new spinoff “NCIS: NO” is not too bad.
Also-new “The Mysteries Of Laura” is lifted out of the mundane by its spirited writing and the lively performance of its Jewish Princess lead, Debra Messing.
While yet-again-new “The Brink” is a bizarre mix of action and comedy.
Fact is, this is a Golden Age of US television drama. So I hope its flagship Emmy® does not FORGET that, going for “worthy” and “popular” shows, whilst IGNORING the ENTERTAINMENT FACTOR which the shows LEADING this period possess.
I will likely add an UPDATE to this piece, post-Emmy®…
…sadly (but predictably) they went with those worthy and popular shows. Well, at least Britain was highly visible in the COMEDY section earlier…