Now that you point it out, I can't disagree with any of these gripes. But, that said, I probably enjoyed it as much as any Emmy broadcast in recent memory if not more (which means I liked it, but would not have cried if my power had gone out). I agreed with more of the wins (Yay Veep and Tony Hale!), but was still stupified by some of them.
Case in point, Jeff Daniels. I have always liked him and thought he was a good actor; his shower scene in Something Wild was inspiring (the conversation he was having with himself about his conquest of Melanie Griffith's character, who actually conquered him, not the fact that he was naked in the shower), but I always thought he was miscast in The Newsroom, did not have a real honest feel for the character and was phoning it in, basically faking it. So imagine my surprise that he was even nominated.
And that is what is wrong with acting awards; those that bestow them often get the craft and technique confused with how likable the character himself is written, and vote for the absolutely wrong reasons. What is important is the quality of the actor's execution of the character, not how you feel emotionally about the character's behavior. But they typically seem to have a lot of difficulty separating those two things. I give JD a D- for his execution of the character of Will McAvoy. JD is better than that, typically.
In Memoriam? I do not want to see 70 extreme closeups of dead people in a row. Please; back it up a little. That's like bending over the casket too far at Grandma's funeral. Not in good taste. And an epic fail on missing Jack Klugman (although even though the family is irked by this, I though he died well over a year ago).
And I like an opportunity to see Elton, and to see that he still has got it, and be reminded why he sold like 200 million albums back in the day. (Download "Burn Down The Mission" from iTunes if you have any doubts).
I did not have any problem with <insert washed-up interchangeable reality singing contest winner here> singing a Beatles tune, because I immediately fast forward through anything that even mildly approaches that sort of performance. So in my house, she never got a note out. As for boring choreography numbers, again, I FFWDed until I saw skimpily-clad leggy 6-foot blondes, and then I slowed down a little but muted the audio. There is only one way to watch this sort of broadcast "live" anyway, which is to let it record for the first hour or so and then shuttle through all the dreck.
And there were some high points. I never tire of Fey and Poehler, and them climbing/rolling onto the stage cracked me up, as did the "two-hander...do you want the bottom or the top?" reference by Michael Douglas. Merrit Weaver ("I gotta go..Bye") gave all award shows exactly the adorable slap in the face they all need.
And low points. Will Ferrel has never been funny in any way, in any thing; this appearance was douche-chillingly unfunny.
Oh, and BTW, the ratings were something like 32% higher than the FOX broadcast last year.
Edited by TomCat, 25 September 2013 - 08:10 PM.