The Primetime Emmys finally make it to the altar
The Primetime Emmys finally make it to the altarSunday after nearly two months of serving as everyone's punching bag for nomination transgressions both great and small -- all of which have been detailed in this space and on my Past Deadline blog.
For their part, the brain trust over at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has taken it pretty well, which is to say nobody has tried to have me killed (that I'm aware of). As a reward for this, and because I'm often accused of never saying anything positive about them, I submit here a dozen reasons why the Emmys are still cool in spite of it all:
1. Due to the nature of series TV, the Emmy is the only showbiz honor that allows performers to win for the same role in succeeding years and thereby find reward for character consistency and evolution.
2. It still sports the coolest and most bizarre trophy of all of the major awards: the statuette of a winged woman holding an atom (the wings for the muse of art, the atom for the electron of science).
3. The Emmy telecast doesn't force us to sit through five Best Song nominees and often peculiar production numbers like some kudofests we could name (but won't).
4. The TV academy has the courage to year after year nominate a series called "Bullshit" and annually give major nomination attention to the Academy Awards telecast. I love the idea of awards shows getting nominated for awards. There's almost a circle-of-life thing going on there.
5. They give a career achievement Emmy to Dick Clark. I can't think of anyone more deserving of this kind of honor than Clark, at least in part because he's given up so many New Year's Eves for us.
6. Unlike the Oscars, the Emmys have a sense of humor. They twice honored the comedy "Growing Pains" with statuettes ? for outstanding lighting direction. Perfect. When I think back on that show, it's always, "It wasn't very funny, but man, it sure was well-lit."
7. An urban legend has it that the Emmy trophies are manufactured at a prison in El Dorado, Kan., leaving open the possibility that any given winner could be hoisting an award crafted by a convicted murderer. The truth is they're made in my basement by a group of ornery elves.
8. If you're an Emmy voter who actually watches the submissions, you view the nominees on the same medium where the work was originally shown, which makes it somehow more organic. This often isn't the case with the Oscars in the age of DVD screeners.
9. There's no such thing as a million-dollar Emmy campaign. Marty Ingels put up $75,000 to purchase trade ads and mail out screeners and was able to land his wife, Shirley Jones, a supporting nomination for her work in the Hallmark film "Hidden Places." The Emmys have a soft spot for studios, networks and husbands on a budget.
10. If you lose this year, there's always next year. And the next. And the next. Just ask Jane Kaczmarek.
11. It's a veritable feast of strange bedfellows. In one category, "Inside 9/11" takes on "How William Shatner Changed the World." In another, a harrowing Discovery Channel docu about crab fishermen locks horns with "Project Runway."
12. The Emmys are the ultimate in promoting individualism. You can be anything you want! If you're "Desperate Housewives," you can be a comedy! If you're Showtime's "Sleeper Cell" or FX's "Thief," you can be a miniseries! If you can imagine it, it can be so. Just click your heels together three times and ?