For a full report on the Viva Las Vegas Daytime Emmys, read the post following this one by Marlena’s friend, TV columnist Ed Martin. But first …
By Marlena De Lacroix
Due to a car malfunction, Moose, Nigel and I had to stay away an extra day this past Sunday, (delightfully) stranded in a cabin without a TV. (I made a fabulous salt-free dinner of Thai noodles with chicken and scallions from scratch.)
And so let it be recorded in anno domani 2010 that moi, Marlena De Lacroix, missed the Daytime Emmys. Marlena, who has never missed watching or attending the daytime awards in thirty years. Marlena, who first went to the Emmys in 1980 in the old Waldorf Astoria, and flipped when I saw that year winners, Another World‘s Doug Watson and One Life to Live‘s Judith Light, live and in the flesh? Wow! What an amazing moment in my career that was.
You don’t care that I missed watching the 2010 Emmys? Then why, when I got home, did I find 312 messages on my computer complaining about the Emmys, asking me what I felt, from friends, Romans and countrymen all over the world? With that kind of pre-sold audience, why did I not immediately run to watch the show, which I had pre-recorded on my DVR?
Friends, here are seven reasons why Marlena did not and will not watch the 2010 Daytime Emmys:
1. No suspense. When we finally got home on Monday, I read the net, finding out immediately who won. Congrats to Best Actor and Actress Michael Park and Maura West (Jack and Carly, As the World Turns) and all the other winners! Now that I know the results, why spend more of my precious time watching the Emmys two days later? It kind of reminds me of how ruined soaps were for me starting in the late 70s when soap spoilers started to appear in print. Why should I watch a soap when I already know what’s going to happen?
2. No clips (I am told). Huh? It’s an Emmy tradition — we have to show clips of the nominated actors’ work. Otherwise, how can we viewers complain how unrepresentative they are of the actor’s/show’s work during the year? What’s an Emmy year without complaining? Complaining a tradition, a sacred right — and rite — if you are a true soap lover.
3. No death roll (I am told). No clips of or homage to daytime notables who died this year. No Frances Reid, no Helen Wagner, no James Mitchell. These people were giants! Our moms, our grandmoms, our Uncle Palmer! What is a Daytime Emmy year without the opportunity to shed a few genuinely heartfelt tears about losing people we love?
4. No focus on daytime soaps (I am told). Quite the opposite. According to all reports, the show was a showcase for Las Vegas and its myriad entertainment wonders. The awards ceremonies were sandwiched in between chunks of big Vegas shows. As my friend pjs remarked, “The shows in Vegas (Cirque de Soleil, Lion King, etc.) got better promotion than the Broadway shows were given on the Tonys this year.” You expect moi to watch this infomercial for Las Vegas?
5. No dignity, no respect (I am told). You think dissing daytime soaps by basically ignoring the awarding of the highest daytime awards there are is something new? Honey, writing about the lack of both dignity and respect not accorded by the Daytime Emmy show to our favorite shows and performers paid for my summer wardrobe for years!
6. No really awful awards. Well, there has to be one! A lot of people were apparently shocked that Drew Tyler Bell (from Bold and Beautiful) won Best Younger Actor. Come on. Give the kid a break. Have a drink on moi and toast poor Drew. We were all best younger somethings ourselves once, and not very good at what we did, either.
7. No principles, no guile, no baloney. Sue me, folks. I always tell my journalism students you can’t review any work of art that you didn’t watch, see or attend. Well, I didn’t watch the Daytime Emmys this year. And for reasons, number one to six, I’m not planning to again — ever.
I also said I’d never write a Daytime Emmy column this year, either.
P.S. I love to cook, and you’re all invited for Thai noodles at chez Moose, Marlena and Nigel on Daytime Emmy night 2011.