A Few Thoughts About the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
As of this writing, The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards concluded a few hours ago on The CW and I am awash in mixed emotions after live Twittering the event. I wanted to put down these feelings while they are still fresh but I promise to keep these ruminations brief.
First, let me offer congratulations to Daytime Confidential's Jamey Giddens, along with TVGuide.ca's Nelson Branco and Soap Opera Digest editor Stephanie Sloane in their debut as commentators during the awards pre-show. Though one could detect a teeny bit of the jitters at various times, they were a class act all the way. I also must give praise to DC's Melodie Aikels, who did a bang up job offering live blog commentary during the pre-show & ceremony.
To that end, I think that our hats really should be off to The CW for airing the show and to Emmy producer Jim Romanovich for producing one of the classiest Daytime Emmy pre-show & awards telecasts in recent memory. The fact is that the network didn't have to pick up the show, regardless of the strange set of factors that made it possible for them to air, despite the fact that the network airs no soaps or other original daytime programming. Sure, the pre-show was awash in blatant, in-your-face promos for The CW's new fall schedule. In my opinion, that is a small price to pay for getting the awards on the air. During the pre-show, Lara Spencer was grating at times, but an enthusiastic sport. Kevin Frazier did an admirable job. The entire endeavor was a pretty well-done, if obviously financially constrained, affair.
As for the awards show itself, Vanessa Williams was an oustanding host who took the ceremony seriously, treated with dignity, looked fabulous and her opening number went over a lot better than its inspiration, Hugh Jackman's recent Oscar night turn. In fact, it was very reminiscent of the hilarious faux-opening for the fictional Daisy Awards that aired on One Life to Live in 1989!
The acceptance speeches were mostly heartfelt & sincere, although someone should tell smug winner Kevin Clash that Guiding Light's 72 years is a lot more impressive than his show's 40. Speaking of which, the tribute to Sesame Street's 40th anniversary was awesome. However why did Thorsten Kaye look like he wanted strangle Elmo? I have little to say about the winners, other than I think almost everyone who won deserved it. The fact that Bob Guza took home the trophy for best writing gave me chuckles to no end. Guza didn't deserve it, but the fallout promises to be entertaining over the next few days. As for none of The Ladies of The View — who finally won! — bothering to show up after literally years of nattering about never winning, I have one thing to say: bitches!
It is clear to me that the producers and production team were determined to put on a real awards show, one that actually celebrated daytime, despite the time and financial constraints put upon them. I actually liked the very brief "fashion show/photo shoot" (no offense to any of the other actresses, but Chrishell Stause, Rebecca Herbst, Bree Williamson and especially Ewa Da Cruz were stunning). Betty White was hysterically funny, appropriately moving and respectful of Guiding Light. I got a kick out of Miss Williams' first singing number.
Where this year's Emmy telecast fell short reveals cracks that were both small and staggering. After the first couple of awards, clips of the nominees were unceremoniously dispensed with and latter categories were rattled off with such astonishing speed that I thought I unwittingly had stumbled on an episode of As the World Turns.