Maya Angelou described her life’s dreams but could have been summarizing the
66th Emmy Awards Show tonight in this quotation:
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive:
And to do so with some passion, some compassion,
some humor and some style.”
The Emmy Award Show will be hosted tonight, 8/25/14, by comedian, Seth Myers.
We can hope his sense of humor and wacky ideas of comedy will be just the right
combination to deliver some silliness and ‘zingers’ at the prestigious audience, too.
If Myers somehow waylays those winning envelopes and chooses his “alma mater,”
the “Saturday Night Live” show will win best variety show. There are many who
are already missing the “SNL” outstanding announcer, Don Pardo, (who recently
passed away and the show could get the ‘sympathy’ votes.) Otherwise, the Emmy
for comedy/variety show will probably go to Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel or
another traditional talk show.
I enjoy the drama, the flair, the gowns and tuxedos, along with the speeches for
the ‘Best’ of television each year. I have some predictions and hopefully, a little
something for everyone to consider.
While you may not watch the show~ you will hear about it tomorrow! Let’s say in
the break room, at the water cooler, or on the actual ‘news’ shows, where they feature
entertainment and popular culture as, “newsworthy.”
Nora Ephron is an author and screenwriter, one who has had several of her books
made into comedies. After they appeared on the movie screen, you may catch them
on television. Some of my favorites are: “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail,”
“Julie and Julia,” and the serious and incredibly well written, “Silkwood.” This was
with dramatic performances by Cher and Meryl Streep.
Here is a quotation that suits the Emmy Awards night and our own lives, too.
Written by Nora Ephron:
“Above all, be the heroine of your life,
Not the victim.”
There is the Dramatic category for television shows, which I predict Matthew
McConaughey will win this, since his life is “on a roll” this year. He has already
collected the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for, “Dallas Buyer’s
Club.” Now, with his unique twist of acting he gave to the character in the t.v.
show called, “True Detective.” he may win the 2014 Emmy Award for Drama.
Woody Harrelson’s partner detective role, may win instead. We will see. . .
Who do I wish would win the dramatic male lead? Jeremy Pivens, who has
played on PBS’s show, “Mr. Selfridge” for three seasons. This period piece is
about a department store owner, along with his family and his employees’ lives.
The setting begins in 1908 England and has advanced three years past this.
This is the upscale place to shop, with its lavish displays and Victorian gowns.
The store has much to view, everything so ornately beautiful that you may let
your mind wander off the subject matter. A serious accusation of an affiliation
with Germany was the season ‘cliff hanger.’ With the store and all the employees
possibly facing financial ruin, setbacks, letting go employees or closure of the
department store impending.
Who do I wish would win the dramatic female lead?
I would like to see the character, Sarah, played by Jorja Fox, win from “C.S.I.”
I like the whole cast of the “old” Las Vegas, “C.S.I.” with Ted Danson as one of
the “new” lead characters presently. They still have “Sarah’s” character, from the
original cast, understatedly played by Jorja Fox. I happen to like “Sarah’s” flaws
and her unique idiosyncracies. She was the one who ‘won,’ my favorite “past”
male lead’s heart, William Peterson, who played “Grissom.” Occasionally, we hear
about him, via his “wife, Sarah’s” character. (“Grissom” has been investigating
entomology, the study of bugs, in foreign lands.) I miss William Peterson, but like
Ted Danson’s straight forward approach and will always like Marg Helgenberger.
She has won the Emmy before, not sure if Jorja has. . .
While there are many comedies who are ‘repeat winners,’ like “Modern Family,”
“Big Bang Theory,” “Mike and Molly,” and others come to mind, I like to think
that one of the “New Kids on the Block,” may win again. At the Golden Globes,
Brooklyn 9-9″ was nominated and won. I like, “The Middle,” “The Mindy Kaling
Show,” and the silly alien show, “The Neighbors.”
Who will win the Best Comedic Role? I believe a ‘nod’ to Robin Williams will be
for his performance on the show, “The Crazy Ones,” to win. I agree, the cast and
guest stars were brilliant. The lines were delivered impeccably and timed with
enough space to laugh out loud at them. The shows with famous people included
Brad Garrett, from “Everybody Loves Raymond.” I liked the episode with Josh
Groban, who was hired to make up a song for Australia. While he was visiting, it
turns out he had dated “Sydney,” who is Robin William’s character’s daughter.
“Sydney” was the one who had broken up with this ex-boyfriend. Josh Groban,
a singer/songwriter, is still “love sick.” His silly song for “Sydney” works out, after
all, with the Australian campaign. The baby ducklings’ episode and the coffee
roasting company horror episode were among my favorite shows. The first one,
even has an assistant wiping the little baby duck’s behinds, as per Robin William’s
character’s wishes. The huge coffee pot display, set out in the middle of a busy city
square tipped over, on a windy day. The hot coffee, which had seemed like a ‘good
idea at the time,’ for advertising, was made into a scary black and white horror
commercial. This was hilarious; just perfect for their coffee advertising campaign.
Mistakes made into genius decisions. . . Reminds me of the “Dick Van Dyke Show!”
It is too soon to have the character who plays a doctor in “Rush,” to win an Emmy
Award, but I highly recommend watching this quirky, self-absorbed character.
I was watching a triple episode DVD of “Sugartown,” a British comedy show (2011),
and had to pause to study the man who is in this mini-series, as the brother who
wants to close down “Burrs” candy factory. Yes, Tom Ellis, is the leading male
character in “Rush.” He was a womanizer in “Sugartown” in England. Now, he is
playing a similar kind of man, as a doctor with high end clientele, in Los Angeles,
Since the series, “Rush,” just kicked off on July 17, 2014, you may not even know
about this show on ABC.
I hope the Emmy’s will be full of fun and excitement. I hope it will entertain the
people who enjoy awards ceremonies. I like to see the way people accept their
awards. I enjoy the way the show features the best moments in television from
mid-year, 2013 until mid-year, 2014. The Emmy may still go to “Breaking Bad,”
due to the inclusion of this other part of the year. In this case, you will see
Bryan Cranston taking the best dramatic role, instead of Matthew McConaughey.
Who can forget Sally Fields exclaiming, ” You really like me!”? This was when the
known television series actress of “The Flying Nun” and “Gidget,” won an Academy
Award for her supremely well done acting in the movie, “Norma Rae.” Of course,
she has also won an Emmy for her “Sybil” television role and been nominated as
President Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, in the movie, “Lincoln.”
I live for those award ceremony moments of surprise and humility.
Will you be watching this or Monday Night Football?
If neither of these, what are your plans tonight?
Many at work were talking about the Bengals playing. . .