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Is it just us, or have TV awards shows outlasted their significance? All we ever hear is how long and tedious these dog-and-pony shows -- even the Oscars -- can be, and yet networks continue to air them. Is it just Hollywood’s big ole ego at stake here? Why are they wasting everyone’s time?
This past weekend, for example, daytime TV stars like Ellen DeGeneres, The Drs. cast and Dr. Mehmet Oz hit Las Vegas, along with your favorite (or not?) soap stars, to take trophies at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Besides being predictable -- Regis Philbin missed a cue, Ellen won for best entertainment talk show, and Oprah-trained Dr. Oz won best informative show host -- the broadcast seemed downright outdated.
At the big event, the best actor (Michael Park), best actress (Maura West) and supporting actress (Julie Pinson) trophies all went to stars from CBS’s 54-year-old soap As The World Turns -- which, not-so-ironically, taped its final episodes this week on its way into the television history books.
Last year, the Daytime Emmys broadcast on the CW scored its worst ratings to date, with not quite 3 million viewers. And while the numbers aren’t in yet on this year’s awards, it’s hard to believe the telecast might have performed much better.
We can't blame the snore factor here entirely on the soaps, though. Call me a curmudgeon, but it's clear these types of self-congratulatory charades are an excuse for Hollywood insiders to get dressed up and parade down a red carpet -- after making an obligatory, profitable pit-stop at a swag tent, naturally. It’s like sitting through the Hollywood version of your high-school awards night. And who wants to live through that again?
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