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Tracy Morgan prank falls flat, but other comedians kept the Emmys entertaining

The Tracy Morgan prank by host Jimmy Kimmel was disappointing, but audience members like Stephen Colbert and Amy Poehler kept the show rolling.

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The Bad: The Producers of the Emmys really need to decide who this show is for: Is the purpose of it to entertain an audience numbering the hundreds inside a very hot auditorium, or the millions watching at home? We only ask, because if Jimmy Kimmel’s disappointing cold open featuring a bevy of female funny-women and a very naked Lena Dunham didn’t turn off viewers who don’t live in New York or Los Angeles, numerous jokes at Mitt Romney and the Republican party’s expense sure did. And while Kimmel deserves credit for keeping the show moving at a surprisingly brisk pace and peppering it with a few memorable one-liners (“Being a Republican in Hollywood is like being a Chick-fil-A sandwich on the snack table at GLEE.”), his negatives far outweighed the positives. His personal “In Memoriam” was both unfunny and tasteless, while his desperate (albeit successful) attempt to turn the show into a trending topic on Twitter by using Tracy Morgan as a prop fell flat. In short, we simply expected more from the smart and likeable personality that has spent the better part of this past decade carving out a nice niche for himself in late night. Equally disappointing were the evening’s speeches. Traditionally any award show’s highlight thanks to their unpredictable nature were, last night’s winners — with the exception of MODERN FAMILY’s Eric Stonestreet and HOMELAND’s Claire Danes — self-congratulatory and self indulgent in nature. In fact, the only thing more upsetting than the misplaced value the show put on clip packages (Reality! Comedy! Drama! Message: Please Watch Television) was that after thanking agents, managers, writers, friends and family, recipients pretty much uniformly failed to acknowledge the real reason they are up on stage: Us viewers at home!

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The Ugly: Twitter last night, that kind of self congratulatory career achievement should be saved for the People’s Choice Awards), the biggest failure of last night’s show was one of our own. Each and every year we watch this show in the hopes that somebody, anybody will have learned something from the many many mistakes of show’s past by delivering an entertaining experience. Yet here we are, once again, sipping coffee on a Monday morning wishing we could get those four hours back!

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