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Emmys 2019: Our take on a possible ‘Fleabag’ sweep, and is there love for ‘Game of Thrones’?

Emmys 2019: Our take on a possible ‘Fleabag’ sweep, and is there love for ‘Game of Thrones’?

CLOSEAnthony Anderson appears during the opening at the 71st Emmy Awards. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY)Should the 2019 Emmy’s have booked a host after all? Does “Game of Thrones” deserve every award it’s bound to win? Which losers should have taken home the trophies? USA TODAY TV Critic Kelly Lawler breaks down every winner, loser, presenter and gag at the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. A start with a whimperDid we really need to lead into the Emmys with a very long, rather annoying commercial for “The Masked Singer”? Honestly it’s one of the only Fox series debuting this fall that doesn’t need any extra help.But, OK, after that shameless Fox self-promotion, the Emmys kicked off with a “host-free” show that was basically hosted by Anthony Anderson and Bryan Cranston. It was neither funny enough nor serious enough, but it led to an obligatory “year in TV” montage and we got to see Arya (Maisie Williams) kill the Night King again. That was nice. ‘I hated you, by the way, in Tropic Thunder’The wax figures were horrible, but I guess it was worth it for a great Bob Newhart joke. But to be fair, the comedy legend could save most any bit. Presenters in chiefAmy Poehler and Catherine O’Hara are the kind of effortless presenters who will inspire tweets that they should host next year, but let these two wonderful comedians rock two minutes of comedy rather than be subjected to carrying a whole show.Every win needs a flop, though. When Ken Jeong and Nick Cannon made a Tik Tok video before the next category, it was painful. Too long, too boring and too many old dudes trying to figure out technology. Alex Borstein accepts the award for supporting actress in a comedy series for her role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” ) (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY)Best speeches of the night (so far)Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) won for supporting actress in a comedy for a second year in a row, and managed an even funnier and more graceful speech than the first time around. Her acceptance featured an extended bit about her, ahem, lack of underwear and a touching story about her grandmother surviving the Holocaust. Short, funny, moving and sweet, it was a high point of the night. There were a few other candidates for best speech, including Jharrel Jerome of Netflix’s “When They See Us,” who dedicated his win to the Exonerated Five (also known as the “Central Park Five”) who were the subjects of the miniseries. Michelle Williams, who won for “Fosse/Verdon,” turned her speech into a bold statement about equal pay that received resounding applause. Phoebe Waller-Bridge accepts the award for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series during the 71st Emmy Awards. She also won best comedy actress. (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN, AFP/Getty Images)’Fleabag’ has it in the bag?At this point in the night we can just hope that “Fleabag” creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge will go up on stage again and again to collect more Emmys (her only reason for writing and acting, obviously) all night long.Amazon’s dark darling (in my view, the very best series of 2019) nabbed three awards early tonight, including best comedy actress (for Waller-Bridge). In the biggest twist of the night, Waller-Bridge took down Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won this award every year she has played Selina Meyer on “Veep.” Not even Waller-Bridge believed she could do it, screaming “No!” into the microphone and adorably repeating her speech from the writing award she’d just won a few minutes earlier. (The third Emmy went to director Harry Bradbeer). Is the best comedy awards within reach? If we dream it, we can live it. Game of montagesI am so, so glad that the Emmy broadcast, already being lengthened by various presenters trying (and mostly failing) to add comedy bits to make up for the lack of a host, found a few spare minutes to honor a tiny little show like HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” It is definitely not the kind of epic, expensive fantasy juggernaut that will walk away with nearly every award it’s nominated for (we kid!) so it really needed its own separate montage. Same goes for “Veep,” although that cast’s bit was funnier. Despite their many Emmy wins, it was also odd to pick out just two shows (both on HBO) to get their own tributes while those for “Gotham” and “Jane the Virgin” and “The Big Bang Theory” were awkwardly slapped together. Justice for ‘Deadwood’Can we choose an adventure where the “Deadwood” movie wins over Netflix’s lackluster interactive “Black Mirror” installment “Bandersnatch”? It belonged in the limited series category, anyway. Either have a host or don’t! The Emmys tried to emulate this year’s smooth and uncontroversial Oscar ceremony , that did fine without a host. But whereas the Oscars leaned into the quick pacing and low-key nature of a hostless show, the Emmys keep trying to replace a host with extended presenter bits, an off-key musical number with Adam Devine (while Lin-Manuel Miranda watched from the sidelines), and narrator Thomas Lennon making pointless, tone-deaf jokes while winners took the stage. You know what could have added a little humor to the night in a slightly more streamlined way? A host!Too on the noseFor nearly ever winner, the accompaniment to their walk to the stage have been awkward. “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” had “Feel it Still” as its walk-up music, for some reason. And the images chosen behind the winners were worse. Between the bloody nose screenshot from “Fleabag” and the snotty nose from “When They See Us,” the Emmy production team really knows how to undercut a moment. Story will be updated through the night. AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2019/09/22/2019-emmy-awards-brutally-honest-review-game-of-thrones-veep/2413654001/
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