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The Emmys: Lose the obits

Emmys host Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy

Emmys host Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy Juvonen arrive at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles. (Aug. 29, 2010) Credit: AP



 Two days after, I am still left with a reasonably accurate sense that this year's 62nd Emmy Awards telecast was a success. Fallon was terrific, and the show was blessedly brisk. Funny lines here and there. Fallon's musical tributes to "24," et al, were inspired. But one massive gripe, however - the obit parade. Awards shows always do these, with presenters assuming they must hand over an obligory five minutes for an in memoriam tribute to dearly departed industry colleagues. However...this particular parade of faces failed to include David  Mills, one of "Treme's" producers, who died suddenly this year; plus, there was stone-cold silence from the crowd when once major stars like Fess Parker flitted by, suggesting they didn't even know who he was (and probably didn't.) Patricia Neal got a nice round, and of course, she  had virutally nothing to do with TV - revealing once again the TV biz's inferiority complex as measured against Hollywood's most prestigious industry. So a suggestion - lose these tributes all together. They slow the broadcast down to a full stop, and force the audience to feel some sort of phony empathy and pity, when all they want to do is get their damn award, then get out to the parties.


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