TV Review: Seth Meyers’ Emmy Awards Opening Hits Right Note

Seth Meyers Emmy Hosting Review
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No dance number, no taped montage, no problem. Seth Meyers went for a minimalist approach in opening the 66th annual Emmy Awards, which is to say, a straight monologue, filled with jokes designed for people in the room and those who love TV. In that respect, the insider-ish material mirrored what’s often delivered at the outset of the Oscars — or even the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, where Meyers has performed. In a way, the idea of making the open a straight comedy routine not only played to Meyers’ strengths, but also reflected a sense that TV has indeed grown up.

Meyers hit all the usual targets that arise in industry circles, from the late-August timing of the awards this year (generally a dead period in TV terms) to controversy surrounding the actual voting. As such, he joked about comedies that make you laugh, and those that “made you cry, because they were dramas submitted as comedies.”

The host also weighed in on the limited series that regularly change over their casts, citing the wisdom of that compared to letting a series become a huge hit, like “The Big Bang Theory,” when the actors can hold up the network and studio for huge raises. “Before you know it, you’re paying Sheldon $1 million an episode,” he quipped, referring to “Big Bang” star Jim Parsons, who smiled (as he should, come to think of it).

Of course, hosts usually receive too much attention at award shows, and their contributions are invariably relatively modest over the course of an evening. But NBC’s latest maneuver to showcase one of its latenight hosts — at an hour where you don’t have to fight off sleep to watch him — will have paid off handsomely if Meyers manages to maintain the breezy charm he established in the monologue.


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  1. Bob C. says:

    I agree with most people like myself — Seth Meyer’s monologue was NOT funny. To all the people in the room and at Variety, it must have been a real scream. He played to the insiders in the “biz,” NOT to America. What a dismal disappointment!

  2. N.R.T. says:

    The whole program sucked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Stephen says:

    I appreciated the understated approach to the format. I’m so tired of producers doing those shoe-horned, cameo-laden, the-host-is-in-that-show pre-tape openings. This was a refreshing change. Loved Seth on the street with Billy Eichner and the Messing/Parsons CSI Miami intro was sublime.

  4. Jess Feltz says:

    Seth managed to be engaging without resorting to spectacle. It was classy, smart, and above all funny. He always manages to be affable with no hint of “look at me” neediness, letting the jokes speak for themselves. He brought all of the best elements from his show to the Emmy’s and I was pleasantly surprised at how well he did across the board.

  5. I honestly do not understand how the HELL Seth Meyers was selected to host the Emmy’s or even have his own show for that matter. To say he’s bland is a total understatement. You are so awkward.. you don’t know what to do with your hands, your voice pitch sounds like Lawrence Welk, you give a terrible interview, Your guests don’t even look like they’re having fun. Please replace this NO-TALENT!!!

  6. Mary Anne Meyer says:

    I really consider tonight’s broadcast the worst ever a true snoozefest. Sorry Seth too boring.

  7. Peggy Allen says:

    Very boring. The winners doing comedy skits is a little inventive but shows how TV is NOT the movies. Compare this to the Oscars and as bad as they can be, the emmys totally suck.

  8. Jacques Strappe says:

    Meyers was inoffensive but flat. I honestly can’t see this helping or hurting his late night gig. The funniest moment of the entire show was delivered by Jimmy Kimmel in his rapport with Matthew M. and Ricky G. The SNL talent pool is starting to dry up a little as of late. Some that have succeeded recently like Andy Samberg are a real head scratcher to me. The overall Emmy show was a slog to watch. The humorous moments went missing but maybe I’m just getting tired of these tedious award shows. I thought Breaking Bad would do well but had no idea just how well.

  9. Qstr says:

    I thought this was supposed to be TV Emmy Awards, not HBO Emmy Awards, what gives.

  10. James says:

    I have to disagree, but then again im not an expert just a tv viewer. The music, boring, seth myers not funny and im sorry but i have to say it, very very low energy and jokes not really hitting the mark. Just my take away from watching tonights kind of boring show

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