2015 Emmys Reactions: Hamm finally won!

The 2015 Emmys award show was broadcast last night, one of the biggest award shows in show business cataloguing excellence in television. It was a night of a few very notable moments, and mostly satisfying picks. Let’s just dive right in and talk about what went well, what didn’t, and what else was worth noting.

Speeches

There were a couple of terrific acceptance speeches last night. Viola Davis delivered the speech of the night, seen below via YouTube, reflecting upon the weight of her accomplishment as the first black woman to win Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Jeffey Tambor also had a lovely speech, thanking the transgender community for their support and their courage. Overall it was clear that the tone of the night’s speeches was one of encouraging the righting of social wrongs.

TRACY!!!

Tracy Morgan, still recovering from his accident last year, made an inspiring appearance. He looked good, although very somber, and spoke earnestly about the support he’s received. He stumbled a couple of times, and it’s clear that he’s still recovering, but he did show flashes of the old Tracy. For example, he assured the women in the audience that some of them would be getting pregnant after the show.

Hamm wins, but snubs elsewhere

Jon Hamm finally won Best Actor, in his last year portraying Don Draper on “Mad Men”. Many speculated, apparently correctly, that there was no way they could snub Hamm this year after years of waiting.

That doesn’t mean there weren’t snubs, though. Jonathan Banks did not win for his excellent performance in “Better Call Saul”, and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was snubbed across the board. Amy Poehler did not win for her last year as Leslie Knope on “Parks & Recreation”. Quite frankly, there should be as much outrage over this as there would have been if Hamm hadn’t won, but it seems to be a footnote to most.

Other Winners

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” got to collect one last round of Emmys on its way out, “Transparent” brought home Amazon’s first five Emmys, and then I think “Game of Thrones” won everything else. The show is great, yes, but how frustrating must it be to have to go up against it in any given category?

Overall it seems like, despite a few notable snubs, this year’s Emmys awards seem to have gone to their rightful owners. Next year should be interesting, with the end “Mad Men” creating a nice opportunity for other drama shows to step up. Early prediction: still mostly “Game of Thrones”.

Sitcoms TV News

“With Bob & David” Has a Premiere Date!

The anticipation is building around the reunion project of Mr. Show masterminds David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, and now the wait is almost over. With Bob & David, a new sketch series featuring many familiar faces from Mr. Show, will debut on Netflix on November 13 this year. Netflix has quietly added a 20 second trailer for the show.

I’ll also throw in my favorite Mr. Show sketch, “Lie Detector”.

TV News

Shows “The Splat” Should Bring Back

It was  recently announced that Nickelodeon is in the process of preparing a new television network, to be known as “The Splat”, which will host various classic 90s hits from its parent network. Details have yet to emerge; a rumored launch date is set for October, but still no news just yet about potential programming. I decided to go ahead and take a look at some shows they should definitely put back on the air.

Cartoons

Rugrats

Before SpongeBob came along, Rugrats was Nickelodeon’s cash cow. The show debuted in 1991 and eventually spanned 13 years, 3 movies, and a spin-off series. It is a classic Nickelodeon cartoon series, and any omission of the show from The Splat’s lineup would be quite suspicious.

Hey Arnold

This cartoon about a lovable football-headed kid living in the big city provided the definitive account of growing up as a kid in the 1990s. Hey Arnold taught us the value of being true to ourselves, that it’s okay to be a little different, and that even the worst situations can be made into positives. Despite having run well into the 2000s, Arnold and the gang certainly deserve a spot on the schedule.

Rocko’s Modern Life

Another progressive 90s cartoon, Rocko’s Modern Life taught us kids a bit about the grown-up world, through the adventures of the titular wallaby. The show was popular among both kids and adults, and also helped launch the career of SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg. This show would even make a nice candidate for the rumored upcoming round of revivals in the works over at Nickelodeon as well.

(HONORABLE MENTION: Ren & Stimpy, it was simply too controversial to imagine them bringing it back)

Live Action

The Games (Legends of the Hidden Temple, Double Dare, GUTS)

Once upon a time, there was an entire cable network (Nickelodeon Games-And-Sports [GAS]) dedicated to airing re-runs of old 90s Nickelodeon game shows. Unfortunately, the channel was not popular enough and was needed to launch what is now the TEENick channel, so it was retired to little fanfare. However, this new channel gives the opportunity to start airing classics like Legends of the Hidden Temple, Double Dare, and GUTS. Nickelodeon has shown a willingness to return to game shows recently, having given Figure It Out! a brief chance at a revival a year or so ago, so adding the classic games to their classic channel’s lineup doesn’t seem like a stretch.

All That

Kenan Thompson. Kel Mitchell. Nick Cannon. Gabriel Iglesias. Amanda Bynes (for better or worse). That’s just a sampling of the talents that got their first exposure on SNICK’s All That. The show provided a kids’ answer to Saturday Night Live, often even matching it in hilarity. Given that All That episodes have occasionally snuck into TEENick lineup slots, it seems likely that The Splat will include the popular sketch show amongst its programming.


Regardless of which shows end up being selected, The Splat promises a fantastic opportunity for nostalgic 90s kids such as myself to re-live some of the best moments from Nickelodeon back in the day.

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