The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held this evening, and no, William Shatner didn’t win. Unlike last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys, nobody associated with Trek walked away with an Emmy this year. However, The Shat did provide a moment of levity during the otherwise excruciating first 10 minutes. Read more on that and Shat’s fellow Trek losers below.
The Emmys in brief
Rather than some extravagant, attention-grabbing opening sequence, this year’s Emmys opened with various actors reciting classic lines from various TV shows. Among them were TNG cameo-maker Kelsey Grammer (Capt. Morgan Bateson) spouting Jack Benny’s famous “Now cut that out” quip and the segment ended with William Shatner himself (James T. Kirk) and Boston Legal co-star James Spader doing Burns and Allen’s “Good night, Gracie” bit. The show then dragged on for several minutes while the show’s five hosts – each one a host of a reality competition series and each one nominated for the ceremony’s new Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program category – chatted to each other about absolutely nothing. Among them was Dancing with the Star‘s Tom Bergeron, who appeared twice on Star Trek: Enterprise and who appeared absolutely bored on stage until he and a tuxedo-clad model and Project Runway host Heidi Klum were left alone. It is at this point that the show picks up a bit: Bergeron then comments on Klum’s choice of a tuxedo, stating “I think I speak for William Shatner when I say I thought you would wear less.” At this point, Shatner comes on stage and helps Bergeron rip off Klum’s tuxedo to reveal a sexy little black dress underneath. Then it’s on with the show.
Bill helps jazz up the opening of the Emmy Awards
For the most part, this year’s ceremony was insanely dull and routine, sometimes even annoying (the whole Laugh-In skit, for example). There were several good moments, though; the bit between Ricky Gervais and Steve Carell was the highlight of the evening, while Josh Groban singing various TV theme songs came in a close second. A highlight of the show was the use of some nifty sets modeled after those seen on such shows as Seinfeld, The West Wing, and even The Simpsons, but alas not the starship Enterprise from Star Trek…that would have been really cool.
And the winner isn’t…
This was not Star Trek’s night at the Emmys. In total, five Trek alumni were nominated for an Emmy and not a single one of them won. The big upset, of course, was William Shatner being robbed of an Emmy for the third year in a row. Teri Hatcher (BG Robinson in TNG’s “The Outrageous Okona”) and her Desperate Housewives co-stars presented the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, of which Shatner was nominated for his portrayal of Denny Crane on Boston Legal. Yes, Shat should have won, but the Emmy instead went to some guy from some show I don’t watch (Zeljko Ivanek from Damages, for those interested).
Hatcher (center) helps deny the Shat
In addition, Star Trek: Voyager writer/producer Bryan Fuller was up for writing Pushing Daisies but lost to Tina Fey for 30 Rock. Fuller’s show Pushing Daisies had a total of twelve nominations and ended up with a total of three trophies (including two handed out at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys). Vanessa Williams (Arandis in DS9’s "Let He Who is Without Sin…") was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for Ugly Betty but lost to Jean Smart for Samantha Who? (which, incidentally, co-stars Voyager‘s Tuvok, Tim Russ). Star Trek: First Contact actress Alfre Woodard (Lily Sloan) was nominated for her role in the TV movie Pictures of Hollis Wood, but lost out to Eileen Atkins for Cranford. And lastly, Tom Bergeron lost to Survivor‘s Jeff Probst as Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. Lost, created by JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof was up for seven awards in total, but only ended up with one statue (handed out last week).
Another major disappointment was that none of the 20+ Trek television luminaries who died since last September were featured in this year’s Emmy Memoriam reel. Not even obvious shoe-ins such as actor Stanley Kamel, director Joseph Pevney, composer Alexander Courage, or three-time Emmy-winning cinematographer Gayne Rescher were mentioned. Compare this with last year’s Emmys, which at least had the courtesy to mention Jane Wyatt and a few others.
For more information, please see the official site of the Emmys.