Why Watch a Show About Shows I Don't Watch?
September 18, 2017

They already have different versions of television's Emmy Awards. There's the Daytime Emmys, the Technical Emmys, and the big one, the Primetime Emmys, so maybe they should expand and have the 'Network TV Emmys'. With the exception of Saturday Night Live and This Is Us, all the big winners are shows that are on pay cable, or other outlets like Netflix and Hulu.

At least, though, watching the Emmy Awards, you can find out a little about these shows, and realize that there is no way in hell you have time to watch any of them, much less all the critically acclaimed and nominated dramas and comedies that are out there. You also get the traditional awards show fare like stars you haven't seen in ages, and this year, Trump jokes.

You had to expect it from host Stephen Colbert, and he didn't disappoint. He played a clip of Trump actually saying during a presidential debate that he should have won for Celebrity Apprentice, and even the real former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer came out during the monologue and parodied his own words, saying “this would be the largest Emmy audience anywhere. Period. Cut to gasps from the audience when they figured out that was actually Spicer, and then a shot of Melissa McCarthy, who frequently lampooned him last season on Saturday Night Live.

The point is, so what if you can't get to see The Handmaid's Tale, or Big Little Lies, there is still plenty to enjoy. How about when Carol Burnett presented an award with Norman Lear? And the reunion of Nine To Five's Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda when they presented for Supporting Actor in a limited series or movie. Parton said she knew all about support, and (looking down at her breasts) said “If it wasn't for support, Shock and Awe would be more like Flopsy and Droopy.” The Trump joke followed with Fonda saying that in the 1980 movie, “We refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.” Tomlin added that “In 2017, they still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.” Applause from the crowd.

One show that I do watch cleaned up at the Emmys. Saturday Night Live took Best Variety Sketch Series, Kate McKinnon won for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (and played Hillary Clinton during the election season), and Alec Baldwin, now accepted as the best Trump impersonator, took Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Baldwin accepted, saying “at long last Mr. President, here is your Emmy.”

Also, if you miss an awards show, you might miss something you don't see very often. Sterling K. Brown, who won an Emmy last year for his role as Christopher Darden in The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, won again this year for Best Actor in a Drama Series for This Is Us. Brown kept talking when the orchestra tried to play him off, and they actually cut his microphone. Not something you see everyday.

Yes, there's the mandatory 'In Memoriam' segment, and Julia Louis Dreyfus won for Veep for the sixth straight time. There are certain things you come to expect when watching an awards show, but like the title of Colbert's opening song and dance number, “Everything is better on TV.”

Afterthought: I read about Kate McKinnon not too long ago, that Lily Tomlin was her idle growing up. If you are familiar with her comedy you can understand why. I wonder if they have ever met before, and if they hadn't, they must of talked backstage. How cool would that be?

Blue ball: It seems like more than a week since the Dodgers snapped their seemingly endless losing streak, but it's only been a few days. The Dodgers beat San Francisco Tuesday night, ending the skid of 11 in a row and 16 of 17 games. LA went on to win four straight, before losing on national television to Washington Sunday, and dropping game one of a four game series in Philadelphia tonight. Clayton Kershaw got the win to end the streak, but gave up the first grand slam of his career tonight in the 4-3 defeat.

Survival Football: In my game of picking just one NFL winner a week to advance to the next week, I have made it through the first two rounds. According to the rules, you can not pick a team more than once, so I may have played the New England Patriots card too early, but hey, you have to do what you can to survive, right? The Super Bowl champion Pats were embarrassed in front of the whole nation in the season opener by Kansas City, so you knew they would be more than up for their game at New Orleans, and won 36-20. New England is a 12½-point favorite at home against Houston this week, but since I can't pick them again, we'll go with Green Bay at home over Cincinnati.

Had my father still been alive, he would have been 86 yesterday. It's weird thinking about that, and how he might look, and what condition he might be in if he were still around. There's nothing good about losing your father, no matter what age, but at least I can remember him the way I want to, and the way that he was. Happy birthday Dad, I miss you.

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