Showbiz Sandbox 206: Emmys Offer The Worst of Every Other Awards Show Rolled Into One

With Neil Patrick Harris as its host and a wide array of popular shows nominated for top awards, this year’s Emmys ceremony was primed to be a memorable one. The telecast was memorable alright, but for all the wrong reasons. If the Emmys were trying to combine all the worst elements of every other awards show, they succeeded.

It’s hard to determine precisely why this year’s Emmys just didn’t work. It could have been a weak opening, unnecessary musical numbers or the string of depressing memorials. Worst of all, the telecast didn’t provide viewers with a better understanding of the shows being awarded.

Meanwhile, one of China’s wealthiest citizens wants to spend over $8 billion building a movie metropolis that is meant to rival Hollywood. Some of the film industry’s most most recognized celebrities and important leaders have signed on to help the cause. The only question is… why?

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the billion dollar launch of “Grand Theft Auto V”, Britney Spears’ new gig in Las Vegas and why WikiLeaks has taken up film criticism.

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Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer to Split in 2014
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-jerry-bruckheimer-split-2014-632553

Oscars: U.K. Picks ‘Metro Manila’ as Foreign Language Nomination
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-uk-picks-metro-manila-632337

65th Primetime Emmy Awards
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/65th_Primetime_Emmy_Awards

Emmys: The 2013 Nominees and Winners
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/awards/emmys/2013/nominees

TV Review: 65th Primetime Emmy Awards
http://variety.com/2013/tv/reviews/tv-review-emmy-awards-the-opening-1200655114/

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards: TV Review
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/65th-primetime-emmy-awards-tv-634288

Emmys Bring in 17.6 Million Viewers, Biggest Audience Since 2005
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-emmy-telecast-delivers-634618

Emmys 2013: Jack Klugman’s Son Rips Cory Monteith ‘In Memoriam’
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/tv/la-et-st-emmys-2013-jack-klugman-cory-monteith-20130920,0,7412808.story

Harvey Weinstein Recut Troubled Salinger Film
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/harvey-weinsteins-recut-troubled-salinger-633458

NFL Waging Secret Legal War Over M.I.A’s Super Bowl Middle Finger
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/nfl-waging-secret-legal-war-632282

Grand Theft Auto V Muscles Its Way to Sales Record
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/grand-theft-auto-v-muscles-its-way-to-sales-record/

GTA V Makes $1 Billion In Three Days
http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/20/gta-v-1-billion-in-3-days/

Mayweather-Canelo Fight Sets Pay-Per-View Record
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mayweather-canelo-fight-sets-pay-632476

WikiLeaks Posts ‘Fifth Estate’ Script, Calls Assange Film ‘Fiction Masquerading as Fact’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wikileaks-posts-fifth-estate-script-633276

‘Willy Wonka’ Shadows a Stage Candy Man
http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/theater/a-west-end-charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-musical.html

Britney Spears Las Vegas Residency Finally Confirmed
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/britney-spears-piece-of-me-las-vegas-residency-confirmed-gma_n_3940192.html

China’s Wanda Unveils $8.2 Billion Movie Fund as Hollywood A-Listers Lend Support
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/chinas-wanda-unveils-82-billion-633772

Chinese Titan Takes Aim at Hollywood
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/business/global/chinese-titan-takes-aim-at-hollywood.html

  • mgiltz

    After you watch the Emmys, you should walk away having seeing lots of great clips and say, “Gosh, I’ve got a list of great shows I want to catch up on.” Instead, you watch the Emmys and have absolutely no idea what almost any of the winning shows or performers are even about, never mind whether or not you want to see them. Crazy.