I think it’s safe to say that Neil Patrick Harris KILLED last night. And CBS knew it. Over and over again – and even in various articles all over the Internet – it was made known that last year’s awards show was completely awful. But NPH was a great choice. And did I mention that he KILLED? Because he did.
I did a live blog last night. I don’t normally do completely live posts. Usually, it’s of the semi-live variety, where I blog live, and post later, after doing some serious editing. But doing a fully live post was fun. And it made my Emmy watching experience that much more enjoyable.
For me, the highlight of the evening was Dr. Horrible interrupting the broadcast. Not only did NPH appear, but Nathan Fillion reprised his role as Captain Hammer. Add Jason Bateman and Felicia Day, and you’ve got yourself a show.
All the winners were amazing. All the nominees were amazing. To be perfectly honest, there weren’t too many surprises in the winners department. But what really made the show great was all the in between stuff. Like the musical introduction by NPH, the new and interesting way to introduce the nominees, a la the Variety TV category. And did anyone notice the more organized format? In years past, the categories were a little more… spontaneous frazzled unorganized, so this year, it was a refreshing change of pace to have things a little more clear and concise. Doing all the comedy, then reality, movies/miniseries, variety and drama? That was brilliant on CBS’s part.
Now, while there weren’t many surprises as far as winners go, I was more than a little annoyed at 30 Rock, and there being so many wins for that show. Especially when it was up against better sitcoms. The Office. Two and a Half Men. How I Met Your Mother. All were heavy hitters, but 30 Rock took home the trophy. Seriously? I really think that any of the other sitcoms in that category would have been a better choice. Maybe I’m not alone on thinking that. But kudos to 30 Rock for pulling it out.
Also, I was so impressed with the Academy recognizing a show that is no longer on the air. In fact, a show that was cancelled last November from ABC due to ratings. Or budget. Or whatever. Pushing Daisies was one of my favorite shows, so I could not have been more pleased that Kristen Chenoweth took home the Emmy for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. She cried onstage. Clearly she was shocked, but thanked the Academy for recognizing a show that is no longer on the air. I think that says a lot about the quality of the show, not to mention Kristen’s performance. I don’t know if Pushing Daisies would have flourished any further, but having it win an Emmy is nothing short of awesome.
There were so many jokes, some that worked, and some that didn’t. And NPH going back and forth with John Cryer was hysterical. I really think the two were equally matched as far as being a supporting character. But the banter back and forth was priceless.
So, in a nutshell, I really enjoyed the Emmys this year. I really think broadcast television will make a comeback. At least, I’m hoping so. I REALLY want to give my DVR a workout, and do some serious reviewing of TV this year.
So, tell me…
What did you think of the Emmys?