I am stunned that some are trying to whip up a controversy over Conan's brilliant Emmy opening film last night. When the plane in the film started to shudder, I instantly thought of Lost. It was not until the coverage this morning of this "story" that I learned that some were offended by it, since it put them in mind of yesterday's plane crash. It never dawned on me.
Come on, people. If you are among those who suffered a loss in yesterday's tragedy, you probably were not watching the Emmys last night. And if you were unconnected to the events, but are still so delicate of sensibilities that you can be brought to tears by seeing a pretend plane crash on an awards show, you probably should avoid TV until you toughen up a little.
(It's like the people protesting the racial aspect of the next Survivor: Clearly they've never seen the show. In Survivor you can only win by reaching out to those not in your tribe. If only life were like that.)
Now that that's out of the way, no one asked me, but... just a couple of thoughts about last night's Emmy show. First of all, Conan did a great job, and I thought his monologue and Music Man parody started things off just right.
And the show managed to come in on time, but you could feel the rushing in spots. I've said it before: let's loosen up a little and give award shows time to breathe. If you like the Emmys, you'd enjoy another 15 minutes or so. If you don't like the Emmys, shaving 15 minutes off won't change your opinion.
The snubbing of Lost means this year's Emmys will always have an asterisk next to them, but if Lost couldn't win, 24 and The Office were the perfect winners. Both had amazing seasons.
And Hugh Laurie's snub was glaring, but I'm glad Keifer Sutherland won for his outstanding work, and I'm also glad Chris Meloni got some long-overdue recognition. Stabler isn't as flashy a role as House, but it is easily one of the more challenging roles in prime time, and Meloni is superb. (As is Mariska Hargitay, who had a particularly strong season.)
And I think Tony Shalhoub and Barry Manilow are great, but last night should have belonged to Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. They are delivering some of the most complex and consistent work in TV history, and are part of why this is TV's Golden Age.