Emmys Were a Total 'Bummer'
No one had fun watching this show: critics
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2013 7:19 AM CDT
Updated Sep 23, 2013 7:33 AM CDT
Nathan Fillion, from left, Neil Patrick Harris, and Sarah Silverman perform on stage at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – The reviews are in for last night's Emmy Awards, and they are not good. (Catch up on what happened here.) One big problem: The In Memoriam segments that seemed to arrive every 20 minutes or so. A sampling of the reactions:

  • The "steady stream of in-memoriam segments ... stopped just long enough for a series of less relevant downers including, but not limited to, a Beatles cover performed by Carrie Underwood, a US-history lesson from Don Cheadle, and a tribute to Liberace by Elton John," writes Julie Miller in Vanity Fair, calling the proceedings "torturous" and "relentlessly depressing."
  • The CBS telecast "was, in a word, a bummer," writes Curt Wagner in the Chicago Tribune. Host Neil Patrick Harris "tried to bring up the energy ... but nothing seemed to help. Every time the show got moving, a tribute cast a pall over the proceedings."

  • The opening sketch was "dreary," the first onstage piece "tiresome," and the whole thing "anemic and often awkward," writes Hank Stuever in the Washington Post. All the jokes seemed to be about the show itself, and then there were the bits that were included because ... why? No one seems to know (think the aforementioned Carrie Underwood performance). "So, to sum up: An awards show filled with skits about how bad awards shows are gave awards to people who talked about how bad the show turned out, while everyone on Twitter had decided that hours earlier."
  • There were lots of unexpected wins, but even so, the whole thing was "a bloated bore," writes David Rooney in the Hollywood Reporter. The "overload of solemnity" and "self-important sobriety" was part of the problem, but the "labored filler segments" were also pretty bad—especially considering they were the reason the "award recipients were played off virtually as soon as they began speaking." Even a long-overdue best drama win for Breaking Bad couldn't save this "plodding, lifeless, and just plain glum" show.
Everyone agrees, however, Merritt Wever's acceptance speech was a total highlight.

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cornelison
Sep 23, 2013 7:06 PM CDT
Those shows are mostly rituals of self-aggrandizement. Newsroom is pretentious. It also suffers from awkward directing. It's an ensemble piece but the actors don't blend in. Fortunately, the Ray Donovan series excels where Newsroom should have gone. If you really want to watch brilliance, watch Game of Thrones.
toryd
Sep 23, 2013 2:37 PM CDT
All awards shows are much too long and bloated, not to mention narcissistic. This one wasn't any worse than the rest. Is it bye-bye Neil Patrick Harris? Maybe not, since he produced it.
pg13
Sep 23, 2013 2:11 PM CDT
Evann did you really watch the Emmys and miss Breaking Bad? What's wrong with you.