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August 27, 2006

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Ger Apeldoorn

I also loved James Burrows on The Comeback. The obvious question is: is he really like that?I like the American version as much as the British one because although the British on is more extreme, I get the impression the theme resonates more in America. In the UK it is 'just a bit of fun'.Do you know there is a french version as well?

J.K. Howell

I am continually disillusioned by the fact that awardee speeches are drowned out by the orchestra, and inane filler pieces get longer and more contrived.Remember when Bob Hope would give a one or two line joke and then get out of the way?For many, this night is the pinnacle of their careers and they must choose between thanking those they work with, and those who supported them, because there's clearly not time for both. We have to go to a commercial which, in reality, is the focus of the show.I actually didn't notice any men's wardrobe other than Jeremy Piven's. I liked that he included a scarf inside his open collared shirt. It was a look that, to me, illustrated a sense of style without homogenizing his appearance. He was neither metrosexual nor frat-boy. He was pure Piven.I personally was surprised to learn that I'm apparently in the wrong for believing that Jon Cryer is the lead and Charlie Sheen the comic supporting cast in TWO AND A HALF MEN. Not that this is the first time I disagreed with an award show. I'm still scathing over Jamie Foxx's "Supporting Actor" nomination for COLLATERAL - a film in which he was clearly the lead, and would have been recognized as such if he were playing opposite Jason Statham or Michael Biehn.Did anyone else notice that in the audience cut aways during the Aaron Spelling tribute, Tori Spelling was shown briefly and early on? I dunno. I'd have had her close up linger a bit, and definitely would have saved it for the end.(For the record, I avoided HOW WILLIAM SHATNER CHANGED THE WORLD the first few times it came on, but ultimately watched it out of curiosity. It's a much more interesting and engaging documentary than it's premise would suggest.)

The Master

When Craig Ferguson repeated Helen Mirrin's ass-over-tits line towards Calista Flockhart, all I could think was, but she has no tits.Ferguson also repeated one of Stephen Colbert's jokes. Man, he can really repeat other people's jokes well.Stephen Colbert should host next year. In fact, he should host all awards shows next year.No question that Bob Newhart, as usual, was The Best, but he should have done his Emmy presentation from inside his suffocation chamber.

The Curmudgeon

"There is no room where Bob Newhart is not the funniest man in it. He doesn’t even have to speak."No, he just has to blink a few times.* * * My vote for the funniest sitcom ending in history would be the last episode of "Newhart" -- with Bob Newhart waking up with Suzanne Pleshette on the set of "The Bob Newhart Show."

Jon

What was Warren Beatty doing there? Did he think he was getting a lifetime award for his work on DOBIE GILLIS? Not up to your usual snark, alas. You had to have avoided seeing wife/nominee/presenter Annette Bening sitting there....

Wally

Oh for God's sake, Levine! You have to ruin a funny recap by praising the second season of Lost, in which an exciting and promising show with an excellent cast turned into an incoherent mess of overwritten patches on an unsalvageable story (the hatch)? Lost went from clever to pseudo-clever, from fast-moving to glacial, in the span of a few months; its characters stopped making sense once the writers tried to push them beyond their one-line summary descriptions in the show bible. I watch the show and enjoy its overwrought melodrama, but what was praiseworthy this year beyond three or four performances and at best a half-dozen scripts?That show was all structure this year; there were no real people on it, no unforced emotions, and very very few interesting human questions (vs. comic book conspiracy questions). The writers spent the year moving chesspieces. Credit where it's due, but let's hold these people to a goddamn standard!

Emily Blake

How William Shatner Changed the World was freaking hilarious. Damn right it had good writing, but writing that only works if spoken by William Shatner, who hosted his own fabulous tribute as only he can. I love that man.And speaking of Jeremy Piven, have you been up on Hollywood lately? I can't be the only one freaked out by the fact that the guy from PCU is a model for The Gap.

Anonymous

The House theme isn't an original song. It's "Teardrop" by Massive Attack and it's been used a ton in movies and tv over the past 5 years, usually with the vocals by the chick from Portishead. If you're going to knock Prison Break for musical unoriginality, include House too.

YawnBoy

Somebody's watching too much television.

Mr. Hollywood

What bugs me about the Emmy's is that if an actor wins one for his role in a series, that should be it. No more nominations ... no more Emmy's for that role. Because he is playing variations on a theme after that. To win 3 or 5 or 7 Emmy's for the same character is absurb. One time ... win ... move over and let other actors have a chance.

amilst

Best line of the night: "Mel Gibson is appearing on Al Jazeera."

The Master

Actually, since Helen Mirrin is currently playing Queen Elizabeth II in a movie about he death of Princess Di, I believe she's the only actress to have played BOTH Queens Elizabeth, two women not generally considered to resemble each other.Was Simon Cowell booed because people hate him, or because his shirt was open to his navel, displaying that body only he thinks is hot? I'm gay, and he made me nauseaus.

Anonymous

"Teardrop" by Massive Attack and it's been used a ton in movies and tv over the past 5 years, usually with the vocals by the chick from Portishead. Yes, it is an original song, used in tons of movies and TV shows off the album "Mezzanine." But the singer is Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins, not the Portishead lead singer.

Will Teullive

Conan rocked ass with the opening montage, but I could have done without ' The Music Man' spiel.I once heard David Hyde-Pierce describe Bob Newhart as a "minimalist"; meaning he gets laughs even though he is economical with words and actions. Okay, I buy it.Charlie's Angel should be working at the Bellagio in Vegas as ventriloquists, because those mouths don't move much when speaking. Joan Rivers was laughing. I think that was a laugh, or a smile, or a frown.I want to thank all the actresses for exposing as much cleavage as allowed during primetime. I haven’t seen that many upright cans since my days stacking soup at Acme Markets. Not since last week in other words.

Dante Kleinberg

I didn't even watch the Emmy's and this still made me laugh. Thoughts:Evangeline Lily -- hottest woman on TV?U.S. The Office is better than U.K. The OfficeVeronica Mars is the best drama and/or comedy on TV, and Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni are the best actress and actorTwo & Half Men is not funnyBob Newhart is funnyThere's a show called Huff?

Harriet

I also liked the line right after "...lost to Barry Manilow.""I could understand if I lost to Wolverine. He has claws for hands..."(With a nice, desperate tapering off delivery.)I had to spec a sitcom last spring (class assignment) and it was sliiiiiiim pickings. But I have to say, I've learned to respect "The Office," and I'm cautiously optimistic about the second season of "My Name is Earl."In related news, the borish-husband genre is off to an early start with the "Till Death" campaign. Okay, so Brad Garrett is funny and a star. I get that he deserves top billing. But could you put Joely Fisher's name on there SOMEWHERE? Maybe?

Zach

Long time follower, first time poster.Linked your site to my revamped blog, but I surely don't expect the same. Just wanted to say thanks for giving us all those snippets of old scripts-- always nice to see what could've been.To keep on topic, I'll just add this:During the cutaway to the nominees for Best Actor in a Drama Series, all I could think was, "Thank God Denis took of his shades."If anybody watches Rescue Me closely or knows the man, you know what I mean.

Laura Linger

I concur. The American version of The Office is superior to the English version.I say this as a television snob who almost always prefers things from across the pond. Not so when it comes to this show.I mean, the American version has Dwight. And Creed. And Stanley. Do I have to say more?

Michael Weinstein

I happen to like the theme song from house, and the second anonymous person is correct... Liz Fraser did the vocals, not Beth Gibbons from Portishead.Quite possibly the only music video that can get away with being performed entirely by a singing fetus and not come across as a right to life propaganda piece.

Buttermilk Sky

Am I the only person who doesn't see why Tony Shalhoub is in the comedy-actor category? MONK is not a comedy. It has some funny bits, but so did HILL STREET BLUES.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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