Emmys 2012: What's the verdict?
September 24th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

Emmys 2012: What's the verdict?

The reaction to the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards has to be split into three categories: The fashion; the entertainment factor, which often rests on the shoulders of the host; and whether those who deserved to win did.

On the fashion end of things, everyone's still salivating over Sofia Vergara's dress, and as far as entertainment value, the 64th Primetime Emmys wasn't half-bad with Jimmy Kimmel as host. Sure, it wasn't the best awards show we've ever seen - Kimmel's routine, we thought, was uneven - but it did end on time (few winners were allowed to stay on the stage long before the music started up).

The awards? That's a different story.

The Atlantic's Kevin Fallon felt that Jon Stewart - the resident provider of the evening's f-bomb - summed up the awards ceremony when he noted in his acceptance speech for outstanding variety program how predictable the Emmys have become.

"Modern Family" still wins the comedy awards, Claire Danes is still a favorite, and so are "The Amazing Race" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

"As entertainment, this year's Emmy Awards telecast was quite good ... But as an awards show, this year's Emmy Awards was unforgivably boring," Fallon said. "Did you miss this year's telecast? If you watched last year's, there's no need to feel bad. You've already seen Sunday night's ceremony."

For The Los Angeles Times, "the show was flavored with a taste of deja vu."

But both Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker and The Washington Post's Lisa de Moraes found a few fresh things.

From Kimmel's opening segment, de Moraes said, to Jon Cryer's win in the lead comedy actor category, "Sunday's Emmyscast was, in fact, loaded with surprises."

Who saw "Homeland" sneaking up to grab the outstanding drama title from "Mad Men," de Moraes continued, or "thought Damian Lewis would prove Bryan Cranston’s Kryptonite?"

EW's Tucker found, with the biggest surprise for him being the "near shutout of 'Downton Abbey,'" that "all in all, it was a nicely lurching, damnably unpredictable Emmy Awards show, good for viewing if quite decimating for my predictions."

For the naysayers still confused over how the same names win year after year after year, USA Today's Robert Bianco counters that repetitive doesn't mean unearned.

"Yes, many of the wins were predictable - 'Modern Family,' 'Homeland,' Damian Lewis, Claire Danes, Maggie Smith, Julie Bowen, 'The Amazing Race' and Louis C.K. among them - but they were predictable precisely because they were so well-deserved," Bianco asserts. "What, should the voters pick lesser winners just so we'd be surprised?"

As for Kimmel, Bianco wasn't as satisfied, saying that while the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host is a funny guy "in the right time and place," the 64th Primetime Emmys wasn't it.

What'd you think of the ceremony, and what's your verdict on Jimmy Kimmel as Emmys host?

Filed under: Awards Season • Emmys • television

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  1. Rudiger

    Who cares about the Emmy's. I'll watch tv shows, movies, etc, but I don't need to see Hollywood all pat themselves on the back for a job well done while playing make-believe.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rob

    Watched the whole thing and Kimmel wasn't very good. Instead of putting time into bad jokes or skits, give that time to the winner's. Why does it have to have a comedic host anyway? I would rather have someone hosting that isn't trying to be the show. Maybe a Ryan Seacrest type that will just announce and not all the other crap!

    September 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. St. Martin

    a little slow but it didn't stink

    September 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HENRY

    In just one two words it stunk

    September 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sonti

    I was very disappointed with the fake "In Memoriam", and found it in very poor taste. I switched off after that and, subsequently, missed the real one. But, I was too disgusted to pay attention.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jnc423

      I whole heartedly agree with you The fake Memoriam was in very poor taste, Losing actors, actresses and or people behind the scenes (writers, Directors, etc) is a sad thing, Not something for a ego hungry bad comedian to try to get a laugh out of. The people in the audience were half heartedly clapping during the sigment due to their uneasiness . He was not funny last night nor in his regular show.

      September 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Yeah

    Northern Exposure should have won something.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jill

    Jimmy had too much makeup on. It made him look like a foreigner.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. st. martin

    you want to be sharked?

    September 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pov

    In many ways the Emmy's do accurately reflect the state of TV – the same old, tired concepts are repeated ad nauseum.They just get coated with a superficial sheen of change.

    BTW TV was not "invented in the USA" as Kimmell claimed.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pov

    In many ways the Emmy's do accurately TV – the same old, tired concepts are repeated ad nauseum.They just get coated with a superficial sheen of change.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LucyRicardo

    Kimmel was just awful - very boring. Nothing funny about him at all.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. palintwit

    If I were Sarah Palin I'd drive over to Sea World and jump into the shark tank.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicago

      Ha..ha...ha...OMG, I am laughing so hard. That's almost as funny as one of Kimmel's jokes last night. You should get a job as a comedian. If you can find any jobs, there are none right now.

      September 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom P

    The jokes were VERY lame. I was a huge disappointment.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mel

    Those "godless liberals" he mentioned, need to remember they're alive because GOD created them.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      PROVE IT!!

      September 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Mel

      You are right. There is not one liberal in this country that believes in God. If you believe that, I have some swamp land for sale in Nebraska just for you. What a totally idiotic statement! But again I say, you are part of the holier than thou party, and nothing that comes from your mouths surprises me anymore. You always jump on the God bandwagon, but you certainly don't sound like you follow his preachings.

      September 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • @@Mel

      Very good point. I've thought that myself on more than 100 occasions.

      September 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ


      September 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • cj

      It was a joke , not to be taken literally !!!!

      September 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pov

    " but they were predictable precisely because they were so well-deserved,"

    What's amazing is that there are still people who believe cliches like that.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrys

      What Happened to all the (what) 82 nominations for HBO? I NEVER watch ANY of the shows that won. Where was "The Borgias" and the all consuming "Game of Thrones" and the new HBO show The Newsroom" one of the best, fast paced, intelligent shows on tv I was totally disgusted with all the winners!

      September 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  16. buzzlightyear

    The award is being on TV.... now that they made it to TV, TV academy gives them tropheys LOL

    September 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Bob Lewis

    the award nominees: Just call them "the usual suspects." Boring, predictable winners. Jon Cryer award exceptionally unforgivable due to his over the top character rehash.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Emmys--

    show was well done, jokes were a little boring, it was its usual glamour and most of the voting was fair

    September 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  19. 1termlimits

    Who give's a Rats Azz on what award these over paid, over glorified people won! They are in my eye's worse than lawyers! $50K per episode at the least, give me a break. I can get more entertainment reading CNN headlines!!!

    September 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  20. zp

    The show itself stunk! The host was boring, the jokes were stupid and not funny, and the skits were in bad taste and also not funny. Who writes these shows and how do they have jobs??

    September 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  21. methinkthis

    I doubt I will ever tune in another Emmy's show

    September 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  22. methinkthis

    watched part, then went to movie. Emmys had poor humor, awards went as expected to those who most challenge cultural norms or portray the evil society. At least with ACM/Oscars/Tonys you get some entertainment

    September 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Brian Mouland

    Ms.Moore, you suck!

    September 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Why?

      Because she portrayed one of the stupidest women of all times, and did it masterfully? Do you have a crush on Palin? Doesn't say much for you, does it?

      September 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • zp

      I agree, Brian – she insulted the woman she played while accepting her award ! She wouldn't have even had that role if Sarah Palin didn't exist. And she could never be as pretty or vibrant. Can't believe that movie won so many awards – had to be because Tom Hanks was behind it – couldn't have been the quality of the film.

      September 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • the public voted for julianne...

      she won.

      September 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Julianne Moore: Yawn. Get off your soap box. NOBODY is listening. Shut up, take your kudos award, and exit stage left.

      September 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • @zp

      Did you watch the movie? According to a lot of the gop folks who were actually involved in the campaign, they said it was factual. It's nobody's fault that Palin was dumb as a rock. I did not watch the Emmys, but according to the clip, all she said was that she felt validated, because Palin gave her the thumbs down. I see nothing wrong with that comment. If she said more, that I don't know. I will do more research on that one, but regardless, she was playing a character. Not her fault the character she was portraying was such an unqualified mess. Now, go back to your Sarah Palin poster, and give her a big kiss.

      September 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • lexi

      Plus, she looked like a banana in that dress.

      September 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • five finger death punch


      September 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  24. NC

    reading tweets now-good point

    September 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  25. St. Martin

    what do you know about infrastructure...just curious.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  26. brianbice

    http://l4f.co/go/emmys-top10-tweets , What did twitter have to say about the 2012 Emmy awards? Take a look at some of the most popular tweets from last night's ceremony.

    September 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Blue

    DIdn't watch it. As long as actors try to force-feed the public on politics – of which they know very little – I won't be tuning in. They obviously know very little, since they just spout rhetoric and 1-liners, same as their puppet masters. If they were to look at actual things that matter, and the measures behind them, such as jobs, infrastructure, and our nation's performance trends (downward) on things like Research, Technology, Production ... they wouldn't spout the nonsense that they do. After all, in the face of fact and understanding same facts, how could they go on saying the stupid things they do?

    September 24, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • @Blue

      You're right. Damn those republicans!

      September 24, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian Mouland

      Seems this boring partisanship seems to be read off a script and sounds so pre-planned

      September 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ @

      Typical, talk about trends, measures and facts, and some partisan, uninformed liberal responds with vapor and 1-liners. Drink more of the Koolaid.

      September 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • you comment is too general

      and makes no sense...can you clarify

      September 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Keith

    I didn't watch it. It was still the best one I've ever seen. Jimmy Kimmell was funny. I was kind of disappointed Northern Exposure and Newhart (with Mary Fran) didn't win, but overall it was an entertaining show.

    September 24, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |

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