Emmys Feature a Shot at Donald Trump, Get Flak from Critics for ‘Woefully Bad Production Choices’


The 74th Emmy Awards were handed out Monday night in a show that featured the now-standard slam at former President Donald Trump and left reviewers seeking for ways to describe its overall vapid essence.

The New York Times, for example, summed up the show as “light and forgettable.”

Reviewer Mike Hale dismissed the production by saying it “settled into an amiable and inoffensive, formless and graceless groove. Not much to get excited about; not much to get upset about. Another one in the books.”

And another anti-Trump moment.

Actor Martin Short, who presented the award for the Best Variety Talk Series category, tried to make a Trump joke work.


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“Really, what an audience you are,” he said, according to The Hill.

“I wish I could box you up and take you home, like classified White House documents,” he added.

The Hollywood Reporter declared that the show made “some woefully bad production choices” as well as “odd, sometimes terrible telecast decisions.”

“I barely remember the telecast at all. But hey, at least it wasn’t a catastrophe?” Daniel Fienberg wrote for The Hollywood Reporter as he compared the show to the Oscars awards show made famous by actor Will Smith storming on stage to slap comedian Chris Rock.

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Fienberg wrote that “a ‘been there, done that’ feeling suffocated the second half of the show.”

Even a brief highlight left other parts of the show looking flat, he noted, panning the work of host Kenan Thompson.

“It didn’t help when Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez presented together and had much better material, prompting no end of ‘Why aren’t they hosting?” tweets,” Fienberg wrote.


Emmys Feature a Shot at Donald Trump, Get Flak from Critics for ‘Woefully Bad Production Choices’

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