The glut of entertainment award shows is losing more and more tv viewers especially with crude, crass, dull entertainment segments. After the opening segments for the 2013 Emmy Awards, viewers tuned out or turned off the show. It only made the point more clear that there is a lot of bad tv programming, including award shows.
Robert Bianco of USA Today writes, "...it was probably naive to hope that Neil Patrick Harris' stint as host of Sunday's CBS Emmy broadcast could top his Emmy-winning turn as Tonys host. But we did expect him to come closer to the mark. Instead, he was as dull and off-kilter as his oddly downbeat show — a talented man who seemed trapped between his desire not to repeat himself and our desire to be entertained. If you don't want to do an opening musical number because you're afraid it will draw Tonys comparisons, fine, but don't make us miss it by substituting a faux battle among former hosts that only reminded us of how ill-served the broadcast has been over the past few years.... Of course, it was not entirely his fault that the night was so flat...And just to make matters stranger, there was the choreography category's dance salute to — what, exactly? Bad TV? The whole number was so baffling and terrible, it was as if the producers were begging viewers to tune out. Which this year, would not have been a bad idea."
Earlier this year, the Oscars ceremony was full of classy performances with its music in cinema theme. Unfortunately Seth MacFarlane's boring bantering script with crass, crude, derogatory jokes brought portions of the Oscars ceremony to its lowest levels. The robotic teddy bear with Mark Wahlberg with sexual jokes coming out of its mouth (with children in the audience) was another low point. These were periods in the ceremony for the mute button. Fortunately, the visual spectacle and moving music won the day. The performance by Cast of Les Miserables was a Highlight! In Memoriam was beautiful and classy!
More and more tv viewers are tuning out standard network fare, including award shows, and tuning in the good old entertainment standbys on networks such as ME (Memorable Entertainment), sports channels, classic movie channels, public broadcasting channels... An internet search on awards shows will reveal that disappointed viewers are tuning out award shows for The Oscars, The Emmys, Music Award Shows, and others.
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