This is the second time that Neil Patrick Harris has hosted the Emmys and considering how well he did at the Tony’s this year. After watching the opening from the Tony’s, I expected a big show stopping opening, but it did not come. Instead, we got a list of former hosts including Jane Lynch, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien who all come on stage to give him advice for hosting.
The opening was a bit lackluster. The only good parts where Kevin Spacey and, as always, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Those two girls pretty much just confirmed that they should just host every award ceremony. Even in the 2 minutes they were on screen, they stole the opening sequence.
This year, they did something different with the In Memoriam. Neil Patrick Harris was said that he didn’t want to do the usual run of photos of those who passed away in TV over the last year. This year, they chose 5 people to honor and with 5 people in their lives to honor them.
See Robin Williams honor Jonathan Winters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=187w4Z2UAA8
See Rob Reiner honor Jean Stapleton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIMAV2604OI
See Jane Lynch honor Corey Monteith: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2pzf7mz0rg
See Michael J Fox honor Gary Goldberg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WASJwhSBTKE
See Edie Falco honor James Gandolfini: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbrokhVhG-Y
For the rest of the awards, it was an average night. There were parts that were entertaining and others that were kind of boring. Neil Patrick Harris did his best to try and lighten the mood, but a lot of times it fell flat.
One good thing this year that we haven’t seen in the past is that there was a healthy mix of winners. Usually in the past, there would be one show in each category (drama, comedy, miniseries, reality) that would dominate, at least for the drama and comedy awards. Behind the Candelabra dominated taking home two of the four awards for this category including Best Miniseries and Best Actor for Michael Douglas.
The Colbert Report surprised everyone this year, taking the Emmy for Best Variety Show (which has been won by The Daily Show since that show has been on) and Best Writing for a Variety Show (also from The Daily Show).
For the big awards, Modern Family took the award for Best Comedy, despite not winning any of the acting awards. Best Drama went to Breaking Bad (beating out two-time winning Homeland), which also took home Best Supporting Actress for Anna Gunn.
One funny segment was when the cast of How I Met Your Mother did a segment about EHD (excessive hosting disorder). The cast joked about how Harris liked to host too many award ceremonies.
It can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEYgl65TJws
Unlike other Emmy shows, they had 2 musical acts (well 4 if you include Harris’s musical act half way through the show and the dance number from the best choreography nominees as they did a number for the Best show nominees). Sir Elton John performed a song inspired by the miniseries, Behind the Candelabra. Carrie Underwood also took the stage and performed ‘Yesterday’ by the Beatles to honor them.
See Sir Elton John’s performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9ox1w5iWLI
See Carrie Underwood performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvgZ3pyGTto
See Neil Patrick Harris’s mid-show performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmJk_4tZxoY
See the nominees for best choreography performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxt25cuTiWU
Overall, I thought the show was ok. There were things that I liked and things that I didn’t like. I did enjoy when they were promoting the writers and directors they showed all of them rather then just saying the show. This gave them some creditability as we get to see the people behind the scenes. Of course, with the award ceremony the Sunday before almost every show premieres, a lot of shows (especially new ones) took this time to plug their show. It was really the speeches that bothered me about this show. I wished they would have let them have longer to talk, at least for the bigger awards. The show is supposed to be the biggest night for TV, but they couldn’t even given the more then 10 seconds to thank people.
The Complete List of Winners: http://www.hypable.com/2013/09/22/emmys-2013-winners-list-nominees/