Producers find more ways to ruin the Emmys

by Paul Goebel, posted Sep 13th 2007 11:19AM

Seacrest and his two biggest fansAs my late friend Adam Finley reported last month, Ryan Seacrest has been picked to host this year's Emmy Awards. I'm sure that most of you, like me, have already spent enough time lamenting the fact that Seacrest really has no business hosting a show like The Emmys. I guess the producers thought that after American Idol and America's Top 40, The Emmys were the next logical step.

Well, now the producers have decided that Seacrest hosting wasn't bad enough, there's a chance that he may do a number at the beginning of the show.

Think it can't get any worse? Read on.

This year, The Emmys felt compelled to pay tribute to the passing of The Sopranos. Not such a bad idea considering the impact that the show had on television. However, the tribute won't be a retrospective by a celebrity fan or collection of our favorite clips. Instead, the producers have decided to invite the cast of the Broadway show Jersey Boys to perform a few numbers. Get it? Because The Sopranos took place in New Jersey just like the musical. Oh and let's not forget that Frankie Valli played a small role on the show. Can there be a better reason to clutter up a perfectly good awards show with unwanted production numbers than two tenuous connections?

Another planned musical number will feature Tony Bennett doing a duet with Christina Aguilera. I guess they will be revising their famous duet from The Tony & Christina Variety Hour?

Last but not least, the producers are trying to get Justin Timberlake to recreate his duet with Andy Samberg in their Emmy winning song "Dick in a Box." I assume this is for the two people left in America who haven't seen it. In the pool for outraged letters in response to the performance, I am picking 55.

Timberlake has yet to sign on for the performance while Andy Samberg has answered yes over one thousand times.

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Pamela Bishop

I loved seeing all the celebrities and TV stars on the Emmys this year. The hosts from year to year...I don't mind who it is one way or the other.
However, this year's stage set up? Ridiculous!
Whoever thought that would work and ok'd putting it into production needs to be fired.

November 01 2007 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tony Brandon


September 16 2007 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scott mclendon

TV Junkie: I thought that Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn were nominated....I don't care if Seacrest hosts...I don't watch because they give the same awards to the same shows and people every year(gee,yuh think Gandolfini will win...duh)

September 14 2007 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh how I love my DVR. I can skip all the crap and get to the awards themselves.

September 13 2007 at 3:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

P.S. The photo of Ryan Seacrest is printed in reverse, i.e. his shirt is supposed to say, "REUTTE." I thought something was odd when I first saw the photo because the girl on his right (left) actually has a left (right) breast that is bigger then the right (left). ;-)

September 13 2007 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

RT, I guess we're the two who've never seen it. We should form a club.

September 13 2007 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tv junkie

one more reason not to watch Seacrest....that and the fact that Friday Night Lights or Lost wasn't nominated in any acting categories.

September 13 2007 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm with elf (#2). I have very little tolerance for awards shows, and the Emmys and maybe the Oscars (depending on the host) are the only ones I endure. But watching live? Not in a few years. I love turning on the TV about an hour and half in and starting the program, skipping through all the assorted chaff, and catching up to it in live time before it's over (it can cut out almost an hour in the middle, when they do all the miniseries awards--do people still watch those things????).

September 13 2007 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

First of all, the Tony Bennett-Christina Aguilera duet is very good. I would guess they are performing because his show, "An American Classic," is nominated for four Emmys.

Secondly, I seriously doubt "Dick In A Box" will be performed on prime-time television. Who knows, though. Does Fox have the broadcast?

Finally, The Sopranos was a great series, but I've never understood comments like Paul's, i.e. "the impact it had on television." What did it do? Push the boundaries for language and violence? Lure more subscribers to HBO?

Maybe they are planning to invite the Jersey Boys to perform and cut to black in the middle of their rendition of "Don't Stop Be

September 13 2007 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't understand... who watches award shows anyway? If anything interesting or embarrassing happens (ahem... Britney) the clip will be on the nets before the end of the night.

September 13 2007 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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