Tuesday, February 11, 2020

If the Emmys really meant anything . . .

Because they don't.  No one watches the awards show anymore because they don't mean anything.  They sunk to an all time viewership low in the fall of 2019 and that's just going to continue.

With the Academy Awards, trying to deal with the difference between art and commerce, they tried to expand Best Picture to include blockbusters.

But the Emmys?

They're just about niche programming.

VEEP never got more than 1.35 million viewers for an episode -- and that was season one, by season six, only a half million were watching each episode.  Yet it received seven consecutive nominations for Oustanding Comedy Series?  Yet Julia Louis-Dreyfuss received six consecutive awards for Outstanding Lead Actress?

And you wonder why people don't watch The Emmy broadcasts anymore.

All you have to do is be some niche show that's part of some industry circle-jerk and you'll be nominated and awarded.  Last year saw six actors compete for best supporting actor in a comedy series and three were from HBO's unfunny BARRY -- a show no one watches.

In fact, the only one truly deserving in any of the comedy acting nominations was Catherine O'Hara for SCHITT'S CREEK.

Here are some names that will most likely be ignored when the nominations are announced but should be recognized.

Parker Posey -- Best Supporting Actress Drama (LOST IN SPACE)

Jennifer Jason Leigh -- Best Actress Drama (ATYPICAL)

Tichina Arnold -- Best Actress Comedy (THE NEIGHBORHOOD)

Max Greenfield -- Best Actor Comedy (THE NEIGHBORHOOD)

Allison Tolman -- Best Actress Drama (EMERGENCE)

Donald Faison -- Best Supporting Actor Drama (EMERGENCE)

Folake Olowofoyeku -- Best Actress Comedy (BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA)

Aja Naomi King -- Best Supporting Actress Drama (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER)

Jack Falahee -- Best Supporting Actor Drama (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER)

Viola Davis -- Best Actress Drama (HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER)

Megan Mullally -- Best Supporting Actress Comedy (WILL & GRACE)

Harry Lennis -- Best Supporting Actor Drama (THE BLACKLIST)

James Spader -- Best Actor Drama (THE BLACKLIST)

Megan Boone -- Best Actress Drama (THE BLACKLIST)

Simone Missick -- Best Actress Drama (ALL RISE)

Wilson Bethel -- Best Actor Drama (ALL RISE)

Marg Helgenberger -- Best Supporting Actress (ALL RISE)

Reggie Lee -- Best Supporting Actor (ALL RISE)

Tracee Ellis Ross -- Best Actress Comedy (BLACK-ISH)

Katy Mixon -- Best Actress Comedy (AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE)

Daniel Levy -- Best Supporting Actor Comedy (SCHITT'S CREEK)

Emily Hampshire -- Best Supporting Actress Comedy (SCHITT'S CREEK)

Catharine O'Hara -- Best Actress Comedy (SCHITT'S CREEK)

We're willing to bet that by the end of next month, when POP starts airing season three of ONE DAY AT A TIME, we'll be adding Rita Moreno to the above list.

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