Jane Lynch tries hard as host, but Emmy Awards is short on laughs
BY LORI RACKL TV Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org September 18, 2011 10:28PM
Updated: November 10, 2011 12:39PM
This hasn’t been a banner year for awards shows.
Anne Hathaway and James Franco flopped as Oscar co-hosts. Ricky Gervais didn’t exactly light it up at the Golden Globes — a fact he reminded viewers of during Sunday’s Emmys, which didn’t do much to turn the trend around.
Host Jane Lynch gave it her all, bless her heart, dancing in “triple Spanx” while singing her way through the sets of various shows during an intro that was long on time and short on laughs.
The “Glee” star and Dolton native was at her best when she was being herself: “A lot of people are very curious about why I’m a lesbian … Ladies and gentlemen, the cast of ‘Entourage.’ ”
Overall, I’d say Coach Sue got a C. It wasn’t a train wreck, but it wasn’t Jimmy Fallon’s “Born to Run,” either.
The Jimmys: Late-night talk-show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel got things off to a good start when Kimmel wrestled Fallon’s acceptance speech out of his tuxedo pocket.
Melissa McCarthy’s win: The Plainfield native won a best comedic actress Emmy (and sparkly tiara) for “Bridesmaids.” I mean, “Mike & Molly.” But the best part was watching McCarthy and her fellow nominees (Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, etc.) march on stage as their names were called and hold hands like nervous pageant contestants.
“Mad Men” skit: The bright spot in an otherwise wanting opener was when Lynch dropped by the Madison Avenue offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, where a dismissive Don Draper ordered Lynch to get them some coffee. Lynch assured Elisabeth Moss (Peggy) that things get better for females in the future. “Does that mean women don’t have to sleep with men anymore to make it to the top?” No, Lynch said, before telling Peter that her “manly haircut” cost more than his house.
EmmyTones: I didn’t think it was possible for Joel McHale to be unfunny, but he and his singing tone-mates proved me wrong by taking part in this bad barbershop quartet shtick (mis)used to introduce various award genres. The “Community” star kinda made up for his transgressions with that hilariously awful waiter tux he rocked on the red carpet.
Charlie Sheen: The Apology Tour continued as Sheen presented the award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series. I’m still waiting for the punch line. I guess Sheen’s contract with Comedy Central forbids him from being funny until his celebrity roast airs Monday.
No Alec Baldwin: The actor was MIA because Fox reportedly pulled the plug on his Rupert Murdoch/phone-hacking scandal joke. I bet it was funny. Will have to wait to hear it on “30 Rock.”