NBC’s The Voice won its third consecutive Emmy for outstanding reality competition program, because the Television Academy doesn’t care about reality TV. At least, that’s my cynical takeaway.
The award was presented by Lea Michele and Kumail Nanjiani and accepted by executive producer Audrey Morrissey, who said she accepted “on behalf of our Voice family.” She added, “and when I say family, I really mean it.” She cited people from the coaches to Carson Daly to crew members, and said, “We really really are a family and I really feel it’s the fun and the heart and the love we all have that somehow translates onto screen.”
At least Mark Burnett didn’t embarrass the genre again this year like he did with his defensive speech last year; he wasn’t even on stage.
The show is well-made and I’m sure its crew is grateful for the recognition, but it’s still a super-lazy choice on behalf of the Television Academy. That laziness is present in scripted categories, of course—it’s legendary—but it’s still disappointing.
Look at the 43 reality competition shows eligible to be nominated and win in the category, and try to make an argument that a relatively static category and third consecutive win makes any sense.
Was it really the best of those shows? Or of the ones nominated? No.
With RuPaul’s Drag Race getting its first nomination this year in the category, and with RuPaul’s two consecutive wins for reality TV host, I thought/hoped Drag Race might actually win.
RuPaul didn’t show up to receive his Emmy last week, but was in a pre-recorded bit with Emmy host Stephen Colbert, personifying “Emmy,” the name given to the Emmy statue’s character, a woman with wings holding an atom. It was a so-so bit, like most of the evening’s
President Donald Trump came up repeatedly throughout the evening, of course, from the overtly political to references to Trump’s previous complaints about his lack of an Emmy for The Apprentice. (Host Stephen Colbert even read one of Trump’s tweets.)
Accepting the award for best supporting actor in a comedy, Alec Baldwin referenced Trump’s desire for recognition: “I suppose I should say at long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy.”
The rest of the Emmy awards for reality and nonfiction TV shows were given out last weekend, during the Creative Arts telecast. Here are all the 2017 nominees and winners.