Send in the gowns

Oh, frabjous day!  An awards show impends!!

I am a fool for awards shows, or at least the ones that pretend to reward real merit.  (I don’t care what “the people” like, or what appeals to the tastes of teenagers.  Or about the Grammys.)  The more elitist and self-congratulatory, the better.  If there’s a real chance a winner will cry hysterically about the historic import of her win, you can bet your mortgage that I’m watching.

The gleaming star of all awards shows is, of course, the Academy Awards.  I pride myself on knowing a ludicrous amount about the Oscars, and I watch the ceremony with a devotion bordering on the religious.  Believe me when I say that it takes a fiasco of epic proportions to make me consider skipping the telecast, but this past spring’s disaster was such suck-storm of drek to make me think about it.  I don’t know who they’ll pick to host next year, but a shaved ape would be better than Hathaway/Franco.

The Emmys fell into this trap a few years ago, when they had a quintet of reality-show hosts as the evening’s MCs.  It… wasn’t pretty.  Clearly the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences learned its lesson, because the next year they got Neil Patrick Harris to host and he hit it out of the park.  Apparently he only wants to do one awards show this year, and the Tonys already scored.  Who’d they go with this time around?  Reports the Times:

Fox will televise the Emmy Awards on Sept. 18. Jane Lynch, a star of “Glee,” will host the show.

Kick.  Ass.  While it’s not a sure bet that a performer can transition from a scripted show to a free-form venue like this, Lynch has always been hilarious in the improv-heavy Christopher Guest comedies, and her brief acceptance speech when she won an Emmy of her own last year was great.  I can’t wait to watch.

One final note on the Emmys — thank the Lord that only Lynch and Chris Colfer were nominated for acting awards for “Glee.”  While I think the former is over-used and I thoroughly dislike the latter’s character, both actually do well with the material provided.  Everyone else is sinking to the level of the chaotic, sloppily-written program itself, and don’t merit recognition for their efforts.

Anyhow, welcome to Blinded Trials, now with more pointless musings about pop culture ephemera!  Consider yourselves warned.


Russell Saunders

Russell Saunders is the ridiculously flimsy pseudonym of a pediatrician in New England. He has a husband, three sons, daughter, cat and dog, though not in that order. He enjoys reading, running and cooking. He can be contacted at blindeddoc using his Gmail account. Twitter types can follow him @russellsaunder1.


  1. I don’t watch a lot of awards shows, except for the Oscars, but I do think I caught the Neil Patrick Harris show, or part of it.

    I agree that Lynch might be good….I really like her acting. As for Chris Colfer, I’m not sure. Perhaps my antipathy is more to his character than to his acting.

    I do agree that Glee’s writing is sloppy and uneven, but my girlfriend and I still watch it.

    • I really just can’t stand the character, but I think his acting itself is good.

      I watch “Glee” because there are juuuuust enough exuberant musical numbers to keep me happy. And every so often there’s a nice scene or plot point. But man is the writing uneven.

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