Last night was the 62nd annual Prime Time Emmy Awards. Like all awards shows, it was mostly a waste of time and a chance to let actors and show business types fawn all over each other for a year of very few accomplishments and more bad programming created than good. Fortunately the successful new shows outshine the bad, even if they are outnumbered worse than Republicans living in San Francisco.
This year’s program was hosted by Jimmy Fallon. It has to be said what an outstanding job Jimmy Fallon has done at turning the tide on his career. He went from being a terrible member of Saturday Night Live who couldn’t make it through a skit without laughing and appearing in horrible movies like Fever Pitch and Almost Famous to become the successful successor of Conan O’Brien’s 12:35 time slot on NBC. If Marty McFly went back in time to 2003 and told Doc Brown that Jimmy Fallon was tearing up late night in Conan’s spot, Doc would have been more incredulous than finding out Reagan was president in 1985. Not to mention Fallon allowed his Twitter followers to send in presenter introductions, which is a cool gesture to his fans. Now if only SNL will let its fans write the sketchers this season. It’s not like they’d be any worse.
The purpose of this posting isn’t to vilify the Emmys award by award on how for the most part the voters don't reflect the opinions of the masses. Well yes it is, and I can do it on one award – Best Actor in a Comedy Series. The nominees were Steve Carell (Office), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Matthew Morrison (Glee), and Tony Shalhoub (Monk).
Let’s break these guys down one by one.
Tony Shalhoub: He has won three Emmy awards for his role on Monk, even though I will always see him as Antonio Scarpacci from Wings. Monk was on the USA network, so it probably lost some viewers as a result, but the show was funny and Shalhoub did a great job as the obsessive-compulsive former detective with more hang-ups than I got asking girls to my high school prom. The show ended in 2009, so he might have been the sentimental choice.
Matthew Morrison: I’ve seen a few episodes of Glee but am not a religious viewer. Musicals aren’t my cup of tea, especially after Adrian Zmed got hosed by the Academy for his work in Grease 2. From what I saw, Morrison seems to do a good job portraying the choir coach who the always excellent Jane Lynch hates with a passion. By the way, is there anything Jane Lynch has been in that wasn’t great? If Jane Lynch sold Frosted Flakes I would buy them. Wait a minute.
Alec Baldwin: Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy is one of the best characters on television, right up there with Phil Dunphy and Creed Bratton. Donaghy is the straw that stirs 30 Rock. When people quote 30 Rock, chances are it’s a Jack line. Some of my favorites are “The Italians have a saying, Lemon, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." And, although they've never won a war or mass-produced a decent car, in this area they are correct.”; “If I want to lick a hippie, I'll just return Joan Baez's phone calls.”; and “Tracy, I don't believe in soulmates and I worked to hard to get where I am to sacrifice it for some woman. I don't care if she is beautiful, brilliant and she does it like her father's a minister.” Of course there are many, many more. Baldwin is a two-time winner in this category for his role as Jack, and it should be more. If I had a vote, and one day I hope I do, this is the winner. My reasoning is simple, if you put anyone else in this role who could make it as good as Baldwin does? No one.
Steve Carell: This will be the last year for Michael Scott at Dundler Mifflin. I may be in the minority, but I’m glad to see him go. You can only watch so many inane conversations, clueless attempts at meeting women, and juvenile attachments to his co-workers. He is running out of ways to look stupid. Michael cries when confronted by Stanley, he tries to be Jim and Pam’s best friend, he spills the beans on every secret he’s ever had, he is in his 40s and has no clue how to talk to women yet by all indications gets laid fairly regularly for such a schmuck. It’s time to move on. Here’s hoping corporate makes Creed the new boss. He has to have seniority, right?
Jim Parsons: Like Glee, I’ve only seen a few episodes of The Big Bang Theory. It is on CBS on Monday nights so from September to December it competes with Monday Night Football. The rest of the year my only reason for not watching it is, well, I just don’t like it very much and don’t think it’s funny. Try to laugh at this without a laugh track telling you to. I can buy these sitcoms where the fat slob has the hot wife, mostly because they’ve been engrained in my head since I started watching TV. But I draw the line on a show where the guy from Roseanne who dated Darlene trades up to the girl from 8 Simple Rules. I’m not saying that physics guys can’t date attractive women. I’m sure some do, but not girls in their early 20s. It takes a few years for good looking girls to date the worst sample of the male species (i.e. any contestant on the Bachelorette) before they wise up and realize a guy who frosts his tips might not be the one for them. I guess my point is, I don’t like this show and Parson’s character is the worst of the bunch. Plus he’s not even the lead. He must have voted for himself an awful lot to get nominated.
Larry David: For this nomination I am biased since Larry David is the co-creator of my all-time favorite show and stars in my current favorite show. I could watch Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld on a continuous loop. The worst Curb episode is better than any Entourage episode. Plus Jeremy Piven is no where to be seen, an added bonus. So as the star of my favorite show, I root for him to win. However, he’s not really acting. Everyone on the show says he isn’t really acting and Larry on Curb is Larry in real life. As much as I would like to see him win, I’ve got to give the nod to Alec Baldwin since he is actually acting. If nothing else, you know it kills Baldwin to act like a Republican.
In conclusion, if I had a ballot for Best Actor in a Comedy Series it would look like this: Baldwin, David, Shalhoub, Carrell, Morrison, Parsons.
And the winner was…Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory. Of course.
I’m sure Brian and Stewie would have had something to say about that.