I normally wouldn’t care much about the annual pat on the back for the rich and famous in Hollywood but yesterday’s telecast of the Emmy’s had 2 interesting subplots.
First, on a personal note, one of the few shows I actually watch without fail (and Tivo when I can’t) finally got recognized when Fox’s 24 took home 3 Emmy’s including best drama and best actor for Kiefer Sutherland, the first I believe for both in the 5 season history of the show.
Now for the real news. This year’s show will probably go down in television infamy as one of the biggest bone-headed moves on record when the opening skit, which was designed as a “Lost” parody, depicted Conan O’Brien’s plane crashing on the way to the show just hours after a real plane crash killed 49 in Lexington, Kentucky.
WLEX’s president and general manager, Tim Gilbert, who was home watching the telecast with his family, was “stunned” by the intro; if station managers had known about the intro before the broadcast, Lexington viewers wouldn’t have seen it, he said.
“It was a live telecast — we were completely helpless,” Gilbert said of the Emmys. “By the time we began to react, it was over. At the station, we were as horrified as they were at home.”
Gilbert said he’ll complain to NBC, but he said an apology won’t make up for insensitivity.
“They could have killed the opening and it wouldn’t have hurt the show at all,” Gilbert said. “We wish somebody had thought this through. It’s somewhere between ignorance and incompetence.”
What were the show’s producers thinking?