The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards didn’t lure in a larger audience than last year’s record-low viewership number. In fact, the ABC telecast dipped even further. Despite peak TV producing more great television than ever before, viewers haven’t been warming to the Emmys. Blame “too much TV” or a confusing September air date, but even though TV’s biggest night hasn’t been pulling in the same stats as yesteryear, the actual production has been, well, peaking.
Jimmy Kimmel did a fine job with his monologue. The speeches were on point, and there were plenty of surprise winners to keep everyone in the Microsoft Theater and watching at home on the edge of their seats. These key elements make up the foundation of any great awards show, making the 2016 Emmys a ceremony to remember.
Still, there were a few mistakes.
The prerecorded opening segment, in which Jimmy Kimmel struggles to make it to the Emmys on time, was redundant and mostly a miss. Having the “Stranger Things” kids hand out sandwiches to a supposedly hungry crowd also rang false, especially when remember how surprising and authentic it was when Ellen Degeneres delivered pizzas at the Oscars. Oh, and then “Game of Thrones” won far more trophies than it deserved.
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