I’m afraid the Emmys this year were a bit of a bust, entertainment wise. I was very worried when the show opened and there was no sign of Neil Patrick Harris singing or dancing an opening number anywhere.
I should not have worried. He was merely saving it for a more unexpected place.
And there was Bonus Nathan Fillion! Therefore I will not complain.
As for winners, no one stole Colbert’s Emmy this year, so thank heavens for that. Also The Voice won, so Burnett will be even more insufferable than usual. Full list, after the jump.
I didn’t think anything could top NPH’s opening number. This was my fault. I forgot about Kinky Boots.
Cyndi Lauper was the composer-lyricist, and later on in the evening she won the Tony for it.
She also got a solo for the In Memoriam bit, since you can’t really have Lauper in the house and not put her on stage.
After the jump, A Christmas Story, Motown, a special paean to TV and NPH’s closing rap.
I’m sorry, but the Tonys were just utterly inconveniently scheduled for me this year. So since it’s truncated T4T this week, I’ll just use it to present my favorite musical numbers from the 3 hour ad for Broadway they run on CBS.
But first, here is an eight minute ad for why Neil Patrick Harris should be host for everything ever from now on, Amen.
Go Neil Go!
After the jump, the classics: Phantom, Pippin and Annie!
Romney wants to cut funding to Sesame Street? Way to show you’re a heartless bureaucrat who hates childhood, fairies, puppies, rainbows, unicorns , bubbles and everything beautiful in life. Who the hell goes on TV and says he’s going to fire Big Bird?
In response, I have, for your Friday viewing pleasure, rounded up Exhibits ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ (that’s pronounced “ab-key-deaf-gher-jeckle-mer-nop-qur-stuv-werx-yvs”, for the uninitiated) as to why Sesame Street is one of the greatest programs on television for children. (For those of you who saw me do the first draft of this on twitter last night, some of the videos have been switched out so it’s a little less celebrity heavy, and more of a cross section of the last 45 years. Also everything’s been re-ordered so the videos themselves are more “alphabetical.”)
We start with one of the most memorable moments ever on Sesame Street. People of a certain age will remember it. It aired only once, in 1983, on Thanksgiving day. This was when we all learned about death for the first time. I was five years old, and remember the episode clearly. I give you Exhibit A:
I would have been fine with the Tonys having been a musical review of The Book of Mormon. But unfortunately there are other shows on Broadway, and they needed attention too.
There was also Neil Patrick Harris.
There were only two moments worth watching on last night’s People’s Choice Awards, which was mostly a long list of painfully unfunny moments, interspersed with a whole lot of product placement. (Seriously, if that opening was supposed to make me want to watch The Big Bang Theory, it failed.)
The first was Nathan Fillion’s win for Castle.
Shut up, I love Castle. Continue reading
The annual Broadway advertising segment known as the Tony Awards went off last night.Neil Patrick Harris reminded us that he should be first in line to host everything, always. There were musical numbers in nearly every segment, almost all which showed why, if you like this sort of thing, these shows were going to be the sort of thing you liked. The creators of South Park took home nine trophies for The Book Of Mormon, a moving culmination of their success story. Best of all, Bono was humble!
There were a few dud moments. The opening number was marred by a painful turn by Brooke Shields, who showed she could neither read a teleprompter, nor get a line right without multiple takes, and then was so embarrassed she couldn’t shut up about it later. Christie Brinkley also did herself no favors with a painfully delivered introduction of something else, suggesting that her turn in Chicago next season of will be feast of bed reviews.
But let’s get to what mattered: The Musical Numbers. Continue reading