Monday, June 17, 2013
I watched the 40th Daytime Emmy Awards so you wouldn't have to
Remember when the Daytime Emmy Awards were broadcast on CBS and ABC with hosts Oprah Winfrey and Susan Lucci? Well, those glory days are long gone - and now they are on HLN (Headline News) with three hosts - HLN's Robin Meade and A.J. Hammer and Good Morning America's weatherman Sam Champion. Yes, that's right, a weatherman - and all of them should definitely stick to their day jobs. It was quite depressing to see how far the Daytime Emmys have fallen - they can't go much lower than last night's disappointing show. The talented actors, writers, directors, hosts and other creative folks of daytime television deserve so much better than what they got - especially on the 40th anniversary of the awards. Fortunately, there were some good moments during the telecast, which I've included in my review below:
The five-minute opening segment introducing the three hosts was incredibly painful to watch. I immediately knew that we were not in capable hands.
It's a terrible shame that no actual clips featuring any of the nominated performances or shows were seen. Instead we had to sit through awkward "interviews" (if you can call them that) with a few of the winners, who looked like they wanted to be anywhere but sitting on that bright red couch.
I was happy for Doug Davidson, who won his first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance as Paul Williams on The Young and the Restless - a role he has been playing since 1978.
The cutest producers of the night were from The Price Is Right (which won for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show) and Trisha's Southern Kitchen (which tied for Outstanding Culinary Program). I don't know their names, but they were certainly easy on the eyes.
Watching Jeopardy host Alex Trebek push a waiter into a pool isn't that funny.
Best Presenter: Aisha Tyler, one of the hosts of The Talk, who was funny when she was given the wrong envelope for the category she was presenting (I don't think I've ever seen this happen before during an awards ceremony).
Outstanding Talk Show/Informative: The Dr. Oz Show
It was a nice moment when actor Don Diamont got to present an award to his TV son Scott Clifton, who won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance on The Bold and the Beautiful (The Young and the Restless' Billy Miller also won in this category).
I wish comedian Kathy Griffin had been the host (she presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team to The Bold and the Beautiful).
It was unforgivable that the video tribute for Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Monty Hall (the 91-year-old longtime host of Let's Make a Deal) was not shown because presenter Wayne Brady brought him out too early (the tribute was narrated by Hall's daughter, the Tony Award-winning actress Joanna Gleason).
I will not be buying Robin Meade's new album after being forced to listen to her sing three times.
Hottest Husband: Julie Marie Berman, who won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama for her performance on General Hospital, has a handsome husband, commercial real estate broker Michael Grady.
Talk Shows I Will Not Be Watching: Those featuring reality TV stars Bethenny Frankel and Kris Jenner.
Susan Flannery was robbed! Her Bold and the Beautiful co-star Heather Tom won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Best Line of the Night: "At least I made the fucking list!" - actor Corbin Bernsen, who was not bleeped while paying tribute to his mother Jeanne Cooper (The Young and the Restless actress died on May 8).
Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment: The Ellen Degeneres Show won for the seventh time.
Outstanding Drama Series Directing: The Bold and the Beautiful
Most Amusing Presenter: Actress Carrie Fisher, who presented the award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program to director George Lucas for Star Wars: The Clone Wars (he directed her in the 1977 film, Star Wars).
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: The adorable Chandler Massey won his second consecutive award for his performance as the gay character, Will Horton, on Days of our Lives.
Everybody loves Betty White, who received a standing ovation when she presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to the late Bob Stewart (he created the game shows, Password, The Price Is Right, The $20,000 Pyramid and many others).
I was pleased to see CBS Sunday Morning receive its first Emmy for Outstanding Morning Program, beating out The Today Show and Good Morning America.
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Kristen Alderson won her first Emmy for her performance as Starr Manning on General Hospital.
Anderson Cooper was robbed! Ricki Lake won instead for Outstanding Talk Show Host - but neither of them attended the awards.
Best Surprise of the Night: Days of our Lives won Outstanding Drama Series for only the second time (it previously won way back in 1978). I thought for sure The Bold and the Beautiful would complete its triumvirate of awards.
And that, my friends, was the end of the evening. Let's hope that HLN - or better yet, some other network - gets their act together by next year and awards the Daytime Emmys with a telecast more worthy of its talented nominees.