Last night’s Emmy telecast was so dull, so soulless, so unadventurous in its choices (Mad Men excepted) that viewers could be forgiven for thinking the television academy had aired a repeat of last year’s snoozefest. Yes, Neil Patrick Harris made a livelier host than last year’s wooden reality show contingent. His opening parody song hit paydirt, and I smiled broadly when Harris reprised the character from his Web series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, to skewer an Internet future in which we glue ourselves to small computer screens that freeze while a spinning wheel tells us it’s “Buffering.” But watching the “Buffering” wheel would be preferable to suffering through time-warp choices (Jon Cryer wins best supporting actor for the six-year-old sitcom Two and a Half Men — Really? Really), absurd snubs (Drew Barrymore and Kevin Bacon, you guys were robbed), and the umpteenth victory for The Amazing Race. “Upsets at every turn,” quipped Harris. I wish.
For the rare fresh choice — Toni Collette for United States of Tara, Cherry Jones for 24 — came dozens of echoes. Is it because TV offered no viable alternatives to the old guard? I think not. Even the trashy Golden Globes have a keen nose for newer, more vital stuff. As a call to arms, I’ve decided to hand out my own Alternative TV Awards to people and shows that Emmy didn’t even nominate.
Best Series: True Blood
Best Comedy: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Best Actress: Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie tied with Anna Paquin in True Blood
Best Actor: David Duchovny in Californication
Best Supporting Actress: Christina Hendricks in Mad Men
Best Supporting Actor: Alexander Skarsgard in True Blood tied with John Mahoney in In Treatment
Best Variety: Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
OK, your turn. Give your unsung favorites some attention. It’s fun and, like all harmless revenge, therapeutic:
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