Opinion: Emmys felt ‘speed up’ this year
By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links
Commentary from Michael P. Hill, founder and publisher of broadcast industry news publication NewscastStudio, and a Chicago TV critic.
NBC’s telecast of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards not only scored low in the ratings, but it also felt rushed and fast.
— TVNewsMix (@TVNewsMix) September 19, 2018
Several departures from typical awards show presentation helped speed up the show:
- Award presenters did not announce nominees — instead they were either shown on screen with a lower third and “natural sound” from the show or, in some categories, the show’s male announcer read the nominees. Most awards shows now pre-record the presenters reading the nominee names.
- The often awkward banter before giving an award was cut down significantly, sometimes only allowing for a single one line joke.
- Acceptance speeches were also kept short, with an off-screen countdown advising winners how much time they had left (with the exception of the Oscars director Glenn Weiss’ acceptance speech turned proposal).
- Often, winners appeared to give a panicked glance at the countdown and abruptly wrapped up their speech. A few even opted to almost completely forgo an acceptance speech — instead promising to thank everyone “later.”
- The show didn’t, despite the faster pace, manage to eschew the cliche of awards shows running over — but it did only run approximately 7 minutes over.
— TVNewsMix (@TVNewsMix) September 18, 2018