Emmys: Epilogue

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.

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3 thoughts on “Emmys: Epilogue

  1. If we bloggers are the “new’ journalism press, then why did no blogger post their major, major Daytime Emmy ceremony copy or analysis until (the earliest) the next afternoon? In the old days, we print journalists wrote up our reports immediately! It was called “deadlines.”

    If you were really a professional reporter then, you wrote first and partied with the stars later!

    Connie, both old and new

    Hi Connie – I’m a little surprised there wasn’t more immediate coverage of the show/awards in many of the blogs. What you may have missed was the back and forth commentary on Twitter. That was way more immediate. It’s part of the experience, but indeed only a part.

    The print journalists obviously would be filing their stories on deadline to be printed, whereas I suppose online writers have the luxury of stretching out content and interviews over several days or even a week.

    I am encouraged, though, that there’s an openness to other voices. Digest and Weekly are still at the table, but they aren’t the only game in town anymore.

    P.S. – Connie has a great assessment of the Emmys in her column.

  2. No one should fault Vanessa Williams for ANYTHING last night…and you don’t, Patrick. But many feel her second number should have been cut to allow more time for the GL tribute and for Brad Bell to give his speech.

    I might agree, but it was no doubt in Ms. Williams’ deal to host this hot mess that she perform her two songs/acts. She did them very well (I loved the first one), and it certainly wasn’t her place to stomp backstage and demand that she NOT perform because the show was running long. VW’s got an album to sell, doncha know?

    Awards shows always run long, but our Daytime Emmys have suffered more than once at the end after Best Show was announced. Hey, why not give out the major awards EARLIER so the clips can be shown and so actors can make speeches? There’s a quick fix. And why not eliminate ALL “patter” between actors and just have them introduced categories, read nominees, and get the hell off the stage.

    As for the GL tribute…at least we got one. Over at Marlena’s, I complain about the fact that AW didn’t, after 35 years. Whether you liked it or not, people, this WAS progress. I wish the camera could’ve panned slower over every face onstage, and I wish any actor who had ever appeared on GL (Laura Wright was in the audience, for one) had come onstage. Over 72 years, they were all “the cast of GUIDING LIGHT.”

  3. I hated the GL “tribute” if one could even it call it that. Other than that, I agree completely – Vanessa Williams was a great choice as host and, as far as I’m concerned, getting someone of her fame and talent to host it was a coup.

    In terms of who won the various awards…I put no stock in that, and never have. Entertainment awards, and the Emmys in particular, are always a red hot mess and more of a popularity contest, than anything else.

    Re bloggers being the new journalists..I definitely think this is true, especially when it comes to entertainment coverage. I also think media has changed sufficiently that there’s no rush to report on things like the Emmy awards. People from all over the world watch them live and discuss them among themselves via the Internet. There is nothing new under the sun, when it comes to reporting what happens at the awards. Most fans want to know who showed up to the after-parties, what they had to say, who got shit-faced, yadda yadda. I can cut Nelson and all the rest plenty of slack for that.

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