The 61st Prime Time Emmy Awards air tonight, and you should probably watch ’em. Sure, the unending spectacle of Awards Shows are derivative, predictable, and serve to further glorify Hollywood opulance while the rest of us mortals suffer without jobs or healthcare. However, I tend to believe that this form of facile escapism is awesome. And if you don’t agree, I present five worthy reasons to convince you after the jump.
1. Neil Patrick Harris: Last week’s article in New York Magazine was a glowing tribute to his versatility and charm as an actor, so I won’t restate that here. But in case you missed the story, or his gigs as host of the TV Land Awards (really, they exist) and this year’s Tonys, just know he kinda excels in the role of Award Show host. Plus you know you secretly love How I Met Your Mother and this will get you all jazzed up for tomorrow’s season premiere. And yes, I love it and I’m not ashamed.
2. Tina Fey: This time last year she was everywhere with her freakishly good Sarah Palin impression. In fact, she was so omnipresent in our lives we feared the inevitable overexposure. But admit you totally miss her right now, and those 3 second spots in The Invention of Lying ads are not holding you over. So watch tonight when she makes her way through another funny and self-deprecating acceptance speech, ’cause you won’t see her again until the 30 Rock premiere on October 15th.
3. It’s something else to watch while you’re recording Mad Men so you can fast forward through the commercials later. I have a theory that the increasingly ambiguous promos at the end of the last two Mad Men episodes are meant to throw us off the JFK Assassination episode trail. Which means that when that episode does finally air, you won’t want to suffer through any commercial breaks, no matter how many cutesy ad facts AMC may throw in to spice them up. Tonight could be the night, so you’ll want to prepared.
4. You’ll better understand all the blogs’ recaps tomorrow. Hey, remember how you felt like jackass last Monday when you hadn’t seen Kanyegate the night before? Don’t let that happen again! Tune in to any and all live telecasts featuring a giant room full of narcissistic people, because who knows what they will say and do to get themselves attention.
5.You really don’t care about the Giants game, do you? Look, Eli got his $97 Million for a reason. And that reason happened during the 2007 Superbowl, so really there’s no point in watching tonight’s game. And if you’re interested in catching a glimpse of the Cowboys’ new stadium, well, save yourself some time because we already blogged about it! Just do me a solid and watch the Emmys, mmkay?
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