Just a few quick words about last night’s Emmys:
I thought it was very interesting that many of the people who write about soaps on the Web were visible last night. Jamey Giddens at Daytime Confidential was on-camera, I could have sworn that I saw a few of the We Love Soaps guys, and Nelson Branco was also there; I know Nelson’s been part of media coverage before, but he was actually acknowledged on the telecast by name (with an onscreen credit) this year. (Note: I stand corrected – Jamey, Nelson and Digest editor Stephanie Sloane were ALL on air with an onscreen credit. My apologies that I missed that on the first go-round – everything zipped by at warp speed!)
And Michael Fairman, publicist extraordinaire and one of the bloggers who was at the Guiding Light set visit last winter, produced some of the taped segments, including the very, VERY nicely done Guiding Light tribute.
In any case, my point is this: The industry is acknowledging that in a time of shrinking audiences and profoundly diminished buzz, it’s the people in the soap blogosphere that are doing some of the most insightful reporting and garnering buzz for shows, performers and storylines.
I was incredibly nitpicky about some aspects of the show itself last night on Twitter, but in general, ATI did a nice job with the show. My big concerns – that the show would be a huge promotional tool for the CW with only a few awards squeezed in – did not come to pass, mainly because the producers wisely relegated all of that promotional stuff to the red-carpet hour, where it made sense and was in context.
Vanessa Williams did a great job as presenter, and the segments were generally well paced and well done. The general consensus last night was a question I asked last week: why, exactly, did Vanessa sing two musical numbers? I thought two was overkill; it came to be a prescient remark, because the show ran long. As a result, the Guiding Light tribute was rushed, and most appallingly, the show stopped “on time” on the dot – which meant The Bold and the Beautiful‘s first-time win for Best Show was announced, but the speech by Brad Bell was not televised.
I don’t have any quibble with the awards themselves. (Well, there was the inexplicable award for General Hospital in Best Writing. One of my favorite veteran soap journalists summed that up neatly with a short, fabulous, and completely unprintable remark.)
Christian LeBlanc is very deserving, though I think he defines “supporting actor.” It was nice to see some love for perennial stepchildren B&B and DAYS. I was rooting for a Best Show win for DAYS. The 2007 win for GL probably led to its renewal that year, and I figured a DAYS win might add to its life expectancy, which is still up in the air.
The biggest question mark, of course, is the Emmy telecast itself. It remains to be seen if there will be a broadcast on any network, daytime or primetime.