If you saw the Emmys last night, along with Neil Patrick Harris’ amazing performance as the host and the revamped show that finally seemed to start treating awards ceremonies the way they should all be treated — with respect, humor, and John Hodgman providing color commentary– you also saw the first time Dr. Horrible ever appeared on broadcast television. At least, outside of a news show reporting on the death of TV.
I almost missed the damn thing.
It was the accountancy part! If there was ever a safe time to hit the bathroom, it should have been the accountancy part! But no, NPH had to make it all “fun” and “entertaining,” as he did throughout the rest of the show. There were some clunkers — the fan getting lousy seats got old even before she was on the screen, the presenter banter was only slightly better overall, and the reality show montage and the ultra-violent Family Guy clip just forcibly reminded me why I don’t watch reality shows or Family Guy. (Isn’t Dirty Jobs a reality show? Why isn’t Mike Rowe winning Emmys?) But overall this was the most entertaining Emmys broadcast I’ve seen in years. Light-hearted, respectful, and it combined the genres to make the show move faster (something I, ahem, suggested last year).
The fans seemed to agree: despite predictable winners and competition from the Giants/Cowboys game, the 61st Emmys saw a million-person jump in ratings from last year.
I think it was Dr. Horrible’s doing. Somehow his evil plan backfired and saved the industry. And in recognition of that, and of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog winning its own Emmy, I’m giving one away. Post a comment below and tomorrow night at 9 pm EST I’ll pull a name at random and send that winner a Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog DVD, just for the hell of it.
One entry per person, must be 18 to win, must be a mailing address in the U.S. or Canada (unless you’re willing to cover shipping charges). Begin!
Note: Winning entry has been drawn,. will announce after I get a response from the winner I just e-mailed.