If I produced the Daytime Emmys....
Okay, so I think we all can agree the 40th Annual Daytime Emmys this past Sunday were absolutely dreadful. So I thought, why don't I try to plan a version that people would actually enjoy?
Firstly, I would pass a rule that cable shows are not allowed to compete. Some shows that were nominated on Sunday are not really daytime shows at all. For instance, Billy Eichner's nomination in the Best Game Show Host category was for hosting a show on Fuse TV. Fuse TV is not known as a daytime channel, nor is Mr. Eichners show really even a game show. They should not be mentioned in the same breath as Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Let's Make A Deal, and The Price Is Right.
Secondly, I'd eliminate a lot of unnecessary categories. Outstanding Culinary Host? Really? That's not a daytime category. Neither are the Travel or Animated Programming categories. Bye bye.
Thirdly, I'd consolidate the Talk Show categories. It is not necessary for an informative talk show and an entertainment talk show category to both exist. And for 34 years, it wasn't like that. Why does it have to be like that now?
Next, I'd show clips of the drama nominees. It seems so damn obvious, yet it's been 5 calendar years since we had a ceremony that did it. That makes no sense whatsoever.
Also, I'd move the ceremony back to Radio City Music Hall, and by extension, New York. It seemed to me that when the ceremony came from there it had a much more organic quality than when it comes from a hotel or even a theater in Los Angeles.
Finally, I'd bring the ceremony back to broadcast TV. This is more of a hope than anything, but I'm thinking that coming off of DAYS successes at the show on Sunday, NBC could be persuaded to air the show next year. If they could, I'd tap Alison Sweeney as the host. She already hosts The Biggest Loser, so she's a natural fit.
With all that being said, here is what my ideal Daytime Emmy Ceremony would look like:
41st Daytime Emmy Awards
Host: Alison Sweeney
Venue: Radio City Music Hall, New York City
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Game Show
Outstanding Talk Show
Outstanding Morning Program
Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Show
Outstanding Game Show Host
Outstanding Talk Show Host
Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing Team in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor
Outstanding Lead Actress
Outstanding Supporting Actor
Outstanding Supporting Actress
Outstanding Younger Actor
Outstanding Younger Actress
Lifetime Achievement Award
With these categories, clips of the nominees in each dramatic category, and maybe a little opening number to tie together the show, I estimate the ceremony would be about two hours (maybe two and a half), so we'd even be able to fit a red carpet show beforehand, also on NBC and hosted by Billy Bush of Access Hollywood.
I hope I've impressed you all. I'd love to hear your thoughts, comments and questions! Let me know in the replies.