The 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas will likely forever hold the record as the worse of all time, but this year's ceremony on HLN was bad in its own right.
Let's start with the positives.
Doug Davidson was finally recognized after 35 years on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. His speech was wonderful as well.
Heather Tom won again this year and it was especially sweet that she thanked her son, Zane. She was pregnant with him when she won last year.
|Jess Walton and Corbin Bernsen|
Kristen Alderson won for her work on GENERAL HOSPITAL and was incredibly enthusiastic and happy (a nice change of pace for the ceremony) even though she seemed to have the farthest distance to walk/run before getting to the stage.
Corbin Bernsen and Jess Walton presented the "In Memoriam" segment with Bernsen dropping "F" and "S" bombs and calling out the on-stage interviews that were happening (more on that below). Jeanne Cooper was remembered not only here but throughout the evening.
|Alex Trebek and Melody Thomas Scott|
The Smithsonian presentation was informative and we got a chance to see Melody Thomas Scott on stage.
Betty White presenting one of the Lifetime Achievement Awards (to Bob Stewart) was money in the bank. At age 91, Betty is always flawless.
Carrie Fisher can be a trainwreck but she's always entertaining.
All the Father's Day shoutouts were nice, especially Chandler Massey's with a cut to his dad in the audience.
And now the bad. Where do we start?
|Robin Meade, Sam Champion &A.J. Hammer hosted the ceremony on HLN|
The technical crew did not have a good night. Among other things, there were ongoing microphone problems and sound issues.
Those on-stage interviews mentioned above were incredibly awkward and unnecessary. Talk about a bad idea. Other than THE TALK hosts Sheryl Underwood and Julie Chen, the interviewers seemed to have no idea who the winners were. Giada De Laurentiis, who interviewed the Supporting Actor and Actress winners, was the worst. She was so shocked to learn Billy Miller had won an Emmy before, she dropped her own "F" bomb. Just horrible and surely a concept we will never see again.
Nancy Lee Grahn's "on the street" comedy bits were hit and miss. Compared to some of the other problems, they weren't that bad. The segments might have been great commercials for the Emmy telecast or as web additions. But in the context of what is supposed to be a classy awards show and taking time away from possible clips or acceptance speeches, they were not needed.
Speaking of clips, how can we not see anyone's work in an awards show that was only happening to honor the best of Daytime last year? I personally edited 16 montages for this year's Indie Soap Awards, we played them all, and the show still finished on time. The producers of the Daytime Emmys need to remember what they are honoring, and if they truly love Daytime TV, have faith in the audience to appreciate the clips of their favorite shows more than comedy routines, fake weather maps or "witty" banter.
Wayne "I didn't write this crap" Brady managed to insult an honoree again this year. A new Daytime Emmy tradition? For some reason, he just skipped the second half of his Lifetime Achievement Award intro for Monty Hall, carelessly omitting the set-up for a touching montage narrated by Hall's daughter, Joanna Gleason. The winner actually asked him what happened to his daughter's clip, and (at least) Brady confessed that he had messed up. Though he can be entertaining, Brady has a way of falling flat during the Daytime Emmys.
|IL Volo performed during the "In Memoriam" segment|
It is nice to have the "In Memoriam" segment back at the Daytime Emmys, despite omissions such as Gene Bua and Virginia Dwyer. Having IL Volo perform was a nice idea, but at least for me, the distraction subtracted from the warm feeling I normally get as the pictures go by.
I now accept that the winners are almost an afterthought at the Daytime Emmys. It's hard to accurately select the "best" with hundreds of episodes airing but only a couple actually reviewed by judges. Also, in some categories, there are barely enough contenders to justify an award of the "most outstanding." Yes, I'm saying we could live without a Best Song if there are only two candidates. Regardles, though I was surprised by some of the winners, I was never shocked.
Those are my first thoughts. What are yours? Did you enjoy this year's Daytime Emmy Awards?
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- Corbin Bernsen, Jess Walton, Betty White, Max Ehrich, Alex Trebek, Bryton James & Hunter King Among Daytime Emmy Presenters
- Sam Champion, A.J. Hammer & Robin Meade To Host Daytime Emmy Awards; More Presenters Announced
- Daytime Television at the Smithsonian on WE LOVE SOAPS TV -- Susan Lucci, Alex Trebek, Phil & Kathy Baker, John Gray and Malachy G. Wienges
- Nikki Newman's 2002 Wedding Gown Will Be Donated To The Smithsonian; Melody Thomas Scott & Alex Trebek Will Appear At The Daytime Emmys
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