Best & Worst Of The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards: ‘Fleabag,’ Billy Porter, ‘Masked Singer’

The Playlist | 9/23/2019 | Gregory Ellwood
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There were some headscratching surprises. Few saw Jason Bateman winning Directing for a Drama Series for “Ozark” or “Bandersnatch” winning TV Movie over “Deadwood: The Movie,” but for the most part the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards only thrived on the euphoric surprises such as “Killing Eve’s” Jodi Comer and all those “Fleabag” wins and some truly eloquent acceptance speeches.

It’s helpful to take a step back and realize it could have been a much worse production. Especially after the opening bit with an animated Homer Simpson and a stressed-out Anthony Anderson could have easily been discarded. Luckily, Bryan Cranston got things back on track, but it often felt like an Emmy telecast that couldn’t get out of the way of itself. Throw in a gigantic digital background that felt smaller than it should have in the Microsoft Theater and, from a production standpoint, the show seemed, for lack of a better description, half-assed.

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Keeping all that in mind, here’s some of the best and the worst aspects of this year’s Emmy telecast.

The bit with Ken Jeong creating a Tik Tok video with the audience was indcredibly awkward. Was it a product placement the producers thought would be a fun bit? Was it actually just meant as a fun interactive bit? Clearly Jeong realized it bombed completely because he started joking about the future of his career at the end. Award shows have been trying to recapture Ellen’s selfie moment since 2014. This proved the concept might truly be dead.

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The “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star, who won Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the second year in a row, started her acceptance speech by making a self depricating comment about wearing a bra this year, but quickly turned to an uplifiting personal story she had not shared on an awards stage before. She...
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