I didn't bother to watch the Emmys because the most deserving shows never seem to win.
And there was an new episode of Family Guy on.
But, now that the winners have been announced, I figure I might as well dissect the results...
- BEST DRAMA... Who won: Lost. Who should have won: Veronica Mars. Hands-down the best show on television, and it is criminal that they didn't win. This just proves the Emmys are totally lame. Lost is not a bad show, but compared to Veronica it's total crap. Six Feet Under was even better than Lost based on the last episode alone.
- BEST COMEDY... Who won: Everybody Loves Raymond. Who should have won: Scrubs. Is there a show that's more consistently funny than Scrubs? Perhaps Arrested Development, Family Guy, or South Park. But COME ON... tired and stale Everybody Loves Raymond? Obviously a gimmee award since the series has ended.
- BEST VARIETY... Who won: The Daily Show. Who should have won: The Daily Show. Shocking. The ONLY win that was well-deserved.
- BEST REALITY... Who won: The Amazing Race. Who should have won: I don't even care. I still feel that Survivor is the original and best, which is why it's one of the few I'll keep watching.
- BEST ACTOR/DRAMA... Who won: James Spader, Boston Legal. Who should have won: Vincent D'Onofrio, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Seriously, he is excellent on this show... why is he snubbed?
- BEST ACTOR/COMEDY... Who won: Tony Shalhoub, Monk. Who should have won: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development. The lynch-pin around which the entire brilliance of this show revolves, he earned it.
- BEST ACTRESS/DRAMA... Who won: Patricia Arquette, Medium. Who should have won: Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars. Absolutely insane that she didn't win, as she blows everybody else in the category completely out of the water. Bell effortlessly shifts from drama to comedy and holds an entire series together in a way that less talented actresses can only dream of.
- BEST ACTRESS/COMEDY... Who won: Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives. Who should have won: Jennifer Garner, Alias. This show was so bad it was funny this past season, and so I slide Garner from drama to comedy because she's hot.
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR DRAMA... Who won: William Shatner, Boston Legal. Who should have won: Enrico Colantoni, Veronica Mars. What the f#@%? William Shatner is fun in Boston Legal, but he just acts clueless and repeats "Denny Crane" over and over again. Colantoni is shockingly talented, and his relationship with Veronica on the show is part of makes it work so well. Dumbass Emmy voters.
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY... Who won: Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond. Who should have won: Jeremy Piven, Entourage. Piven has always been brilliant, but his take on slimy Hollywood agent Ari Gold is sheer genius. I'm mortified that one-note Garrett who has absolutely zero range as an actor could win out over Piven.
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS/DRAMA... Who won: Blythe Danner, Huff. Who should have won: Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy. She's not only talented and completely believable in every role she takes, she totally hot as well.
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS/COMEDY... Who won: Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond. Who should have won: Absolutely anybody except Doris Roberts or anybody else from Everybody Loves Raymond, which is so monotonous and boring that it should have never been nominated in the first place. Was it EVER any good?
- BEST WRITING DRAMA... Who won: House. Who should have won: Veronica Mars. This is the award that baffles me more than any other. House is okay... but it's THE SAME F#@%ING EPISODE EVERY WEEK! Veronica Mars has the best, most dynamic writing on television, and managed to juggle a complicated murder plot through every episode. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
- BEST WRITING COMEDY... Who won: Arrested Development. Who should have won: Scrubs or possibly Entourage. I love Arrested Development, and am glad it won an award, but it is not as funny as my picks. Scrubs in particular manages to drag comedy out of even poignant moments, and that deserves to be rewarded.
Now I am even more glad I didn't bother to watch, as I would have been screaming at the television most of the time. I mean, Everybody Loves Raymond... are you f#@%ing serious??
Movie Quotable of the Day: "Can you Star-69 Italy?"
Yesterday's Answer: The Forgotten
(2004) with Julianne Moore and Alfre Woodard.
That’s one of my favorite lines from Under The Tuscan Sun! Possibly my favorite chick flick of all time.
I LOVE Lost and think it’s absolutely brilliant. But I do agree about Everybody Loves Raymond. One big yawn.
While I agree with most of your comments, and also agree that Raymond shouldn’t have won those awards, I think you underestimate the show just a little bit. I think it’s one of those shows that you have to be married and/or have kids to appreciate. The “it’s funny because it’s true” cliche definitely applies here. Any married person who can watch the episode “Baggage” and not see some part of their own relationship there would be a disturbing person to know, I think.
Now, in the a lame attempt not to get flamed too badly for my lame comments above, I will gleefully point out that the Arrested Development premiere is tonight!
I dispute your assessment of House, as the show is moving beyond being just a medical mystery program and is focusing on the brilliant-but-damaged Dr. House, which has given Hugh Laurie so much to sink his teeth into. The second-last episode of the season was a truly remarkable hour on television — the best episode of any television show this season with the exception of Doctor Who’s “The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances”. They played with causality, broke down the fourth wall, brought in Carmen Electra, and then hit us between the eyes with a harrowing explanation as to why House is forced to use a cane, and why he’s so bitter. Utter brilliance.
And your assessment of Miss Bell’s song and dance routine? I liked it. A lot. The whole Survivor singing thing was a bit stupid overall, but she looked good in her tear-off sweatshirt.
I agree about Raymond. It harkens back to my disdain for the MPAA and their lavishing of awards on the least worthy of the LOTR films just because it was the “last one” in the epic. People should have granted the awards during the film (or in this case, the season) which deserved it. No just because it’s ending.
Oh, I too was pulling for Piven. Just finished season 1 of Entourage last week.
I love that you love Veronica Mars! wanna come to Saint Paul for my VM premiere party??? I fear VM will have the Buffy-plague and never get nominated for an Emmy. well, maybe for writing, but it won’t win. we must petition the Academy next year!
I’m so glad Everybody Loves Raymond is over so some other comedies can win.
SJ: Yes, Lost WAS brilliant. But then they started stringing us along with the revelations and gave us NO PAYOFF for the season finale and I was enraged. It was a slap in the face to those who followed along… breathlessly waiting for some answers that NEVER CAME. I am still furious about it. Reviewers say that the answers that SHOULD have come at the end of last season start to appear in the first three episodes of the new season. They better, or else I’m dropping it. J.J. Abrams is notorious for starting strong on Alias and then crapping out in season 3. Will Lost get the same treatment?
Bob: Every time I tuned into Raymond I was bored out of my mind. Perhaps if I had kids it would be different, but I find it impossible to see how it could even be considered to be in the same league as Scrubs which has moments of hilarity mixed with bits of humanity that makes it so much more Emmy-worthy.
James: I agree that Hugh Laurie is brilliant… he makes a show that’s shamelessly formulaic and makes it interesting enough for me to watch. But the writing? No way does it match the humor, drama, and complexity that you can find in most every episode of Veronica Mars! Doesn’t even come close. When a brilliant dialogue writer like Kevin Smith raves about Veronica Mars’ writing and dialogue… well… I kind of have to rest my case.
Kevin: I thought Kristen was brilliant in her “Emmy Idol” performance, but it’s not surprising… she has done stage before (and even had a great performance on Veronica Mars singing “One Way or Another”). Piven kicks ass. Totally. He earned that trophy.
Michelle: I’d love to go to St. Paul for a premiere party for Veronica Mars! Unfortunately, I am out of the country on that day. Waaaahhh! 🙁
Dave: I don’t know you at all, but we are of the same mind where Lost vs. Veronica Mars is concerned, so I feel compelled to add a “Me too!” to all your comments concerning VM.
Lost was my favorite show for the first half of last season, but in the second half, VM just kept getting better and better while Lost started to slooowww down to the point of nearly stopping. Those last few episodes of VM thrilled me like few other tv shows ever have in my thirty-something years. Unbelievable suspense, drama, romance, and even humor. Man, that show is good! I only wish people would watch it.
Kristen Bell is as good as it gets. I am a het female and I think I’m half in love with her. Or I want to be her, really. It’s not fair that someone as pretty as she is can be that talented, but she never ceases to amaze me.
I also agree with you on Hugh Laurie and House, btw. House is great, but Laurie makes it. Most of the episodes are so formulaic as to border on the ridiculous (this is the point where House gets it wrong, and this is the point where the patient almost dies), but the one exception was “Three Stories,” which was the one that won the Emmy. That was good stuff. Not VM good, but I have to say that the one episode of House was probably better than any single episode of VM. (Although “A Trip to the Dentist” was mighty damn good.)
VM’s brilliance wasn’t really apparent to me until the last few episodes. I thought it was *great* all season, with sharp writing and terrific acting, but it’s the big 22-episode mystery and how that mystery unfolds bit by bit, and how the themes of the mystery-of-the-week in each episode intertwines with the themes of the big mystery, that makes it truly special.
i totally agree, veronica mars is the best show on TV.. realitly tv mostly sucks… Everyone loeves raymond is very overrated… And as much as i like boston leagel, Veronica blows it out of the water and on to a little island in the carribean.