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The 2007 Emmys: Seacrest in the Round

piven-emmy.jpgLet's face it. Most people tune into award shows for the celebrities, the designer clothes and the mishaps. And last night's "59th Primetime Emmy Awards" did not disappoint on any account- especially the mishaps. Ryan Seacrest's entire opening monologue, which consisted of a horrible game of ‘Name That Designer,' was almost certainly stitched together from his catalogue of witty "American Idol" retorts. Seacrest's biggest mishap though was dressing up as Henry VIII and running around the audience. Don't fret Seacrest Supporters, I'm sure the host-with-the-most-shows will still unexplainably win more hosting gigs.

The rest of the night played out like a bad episode of "The Twilight Zone." Somehow the producers thought having the show in the round was a great idea- except all the hosts only faced one way and 50 percent of the audience only saw their backs. The editing was also awful, and several times the show randomly cut away to an exterior shot of the Shrine Auditorium. And if there existed an award for "Poorest Choice in Camera Work," that prize would go to whoever zoomed in on T.R. Knight from "Grey's Anatomy" after the animated characters from "Family Guy" sang a joke about Isaiah Washington.

Other notable highlights from the mishandled production included Terry O'Quinn (Locke from "Lost") and his neon pink shirt/bedazzled tie ensemble, as well as the Jersey Boys cast singing happy songs from the 50s and 60s while clips from "The Sopranos" played in the background. Is it really appropriate to sing the happy little ditty "Can't Keep My Eyes Off Of You" as Adriana is chased through the woods and blown away? Probably not.

Oh, and they handed out some awards as well. James Spader said it well when he accepted his award for lead actor in a drama, instead of the predicted winner James Gandolfini: "I feel like I just stole a pile of money from the mob. And they are all sitting right over there." (The International Herald Tribune has a great list of the show's best quotes.)

In fact, "The Sopranos" was expected to win it all, but was practically shut out. The show tallied up only three awards: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Alan Taylor), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Chase).

NBC had a pretty good night, with the most wins of any broadcast network, topping out at 19 Emmys. "30 Rock," "Saturday Night Live," and "The Office" all won two awards each. HBO did the best of any network, with 21 awards- six alone for the movie "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

Here's some other big winners:
• Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeremy Piven from "Entourage"
• Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Terry O'Quinn from "Lost"
• Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Jaime Pressly from "My Name is Earl"
• Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Katherine Heigl from "Grey's Anatomy"
• Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Ricky Gervais from "Extras"
• Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Sally Field from "Brothers & Sisters"
• Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: James Spader from "Boston Legal"
• Outstanding Comedy Series: "30 Rock"
• Outstanding Drama Series: "The Sopranos"

Click here for the full list of winners. -- Chris Sardelli

Photo: © 2007 Fox/Michael Becker

Posted by Chris on September 17, 2007 5:27 PM
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Whose idea was it to not show the faces of each nominee before the emmy winner was anounced? This is my favorite part of award shows. That was a BIG mistake on Fox's part, unfortunately. Those who didn't watch any of the pre-show red carpet coverage never got to see their favorite stars who were nominated. Very poor decision, if you ask me. I predict there will never again be in-the-round seating at an awards show ever again. Let's hope.

-- Posted by: Tonya at September 17, 2007 6:23 PM

TOTALLY agree with Tonya. I also hated the seating arrangement. I didn't want to see people's backs when they were making speeches.

-- Posted by: Rachel at September 17, 2007 8:26 PM

The stage should have turned on a very slow axis so everyone had a chance to be facing front, but I guess that wouldn't have been very "green."

Spader said it best: "These are the worst seats I ever had"

More thoughts:
Lewis Black was hilarious.
Why does Mary Louise Parker always looked stoned?
The Jersey Boys were irritating.
How does Tony Bennett win two years in a row for the same damn show?
30 Rock winning for best comedy was PERFECT and very well deserved. I guess I'm one of the dozens of viewers.
Why did the camera keep cutting to Ellen? So she hosted last year, who cares!
Piven's speech was great.
The Entourage boys with what's her name wasn't.
Rainn Wilson and Kanye were funny together.

Overall, I'm very happy it was unpredictable.
I did want Kevin Dillon to win it though . . .

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