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  • Tom
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    Not sure if this needs a separate thread but I started it because I’m confused about something.

    What was up with the seating arragement at this year’s Emmy Awards? Why was Tituss Burgess not sitting behind Jane Krakowski and Tina Fey? Why was Kerry Washington in the front row? She wasn’t a nominee. Why were the late night hosts not on the edge of a row? Christine Baranski had to get up twice to let Jon Stewart out. Then big stars were put so far back, I understand that they do this for Miniseries/Movie actors each year but with so many recognisable faces (Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Queen Latifah, Frances McDormand) I thought that they would have been moved closer to the front for more camera time. 

    This may be a ridiculous thread for some but I’d just like to know what others think about this or if anyone has any answers to my questions.

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    #362432

    I was very surprised to see the cast of Empire sitting in the first row.

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    Deniz Sisman
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    It’s very unfair. 
    People who’s not even been nominated or do not have any associate with TV business anymore like Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Kerry Washington, Terrence Howard can sit in the first row while the other TV insiders who busts their ass off every year for this medium like Bob Odenkirk, Peter Dinklage or Kate McKinnon have been seated far far behind.
    I mean, if this is a celebration of TV you don’t need to pump movie stars or big celebrities again. Let the real stars of TV make their shines for a bit, dammit. I saw some of them has left the theater after announcement of their categories, can you blame them? They are being invited for this big party once in a year, and they can’t even see the podium properly and watch the show from the screen like us.

    Veterans like Frances McDormand, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates might be Oscar winners and be respected both in the industry and GoldDerby but they don’t have that media sell so it’s unfortunately not very surprising to see them so behind. 

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    AMG
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    #362434

    Tina Fey was nominated as the producer of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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    Deniz Sisman
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    I know, now let’s just look at how other producers has been seated. Especially the ones who have prdouced shows which have really had a shot at winning Emmys. Oh, sorry, you can’t see them, because they were closer to the exit door than they were closer to the podium. 
    It amazes me that how people trying too hard to not undertstand the point I make and make comments like this. Seating of Tina Fey had nothing to with her producer status. She would have been sitting exactly at that place, just next to her gal Amy Poehler, if UKS weren’t nominated for anything. 

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    I know, now let’s just look at how other producers has been seated. Especially the ones who have prdouced shows which have really had a shot at winning Emmys. Oh, sorry, you can’t see them, because they were closer to the exit door than they were closer to the podium. 
    It amazes me that how people trying too hard to not undertstand the point I make and make comments like this. Seating of Tina Fey had nothing to with her producer status. She would have been sitting exactly at that place, just next to her gal Amy Poehler, if UKS weren’t nominated for anything. 

    But is there anything wrong with her being so near the front? It is a TV show itself at the heart of it, and placing the most recognisable faces for viewers to see clearly may get people talking more on social media, rather than having people no one recognises sat on the front.

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    AMG
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    I know, now let’s just look at how other producers has been seated. Especially the ones who have prdouced shows which have really had a shot at winning Emmys. Oh, sorry, you can’t see them, because they were closer to the exit door than they were closer to the podium. 
    It amazes me that how people trying too hard to not undertstand the point I make and make comments like this. Seating of Tina Fey had nothing to with her producer status. She would have been sitting exactly at that place, just next to her gal Amy Poehler, if UKS weren’t nominated for anything. 

    Also, the only reason I mentioned Fey’s involvement as producer was because you said she had nothing to do with the TV industry this year in your first post, and I was just stating that she was. She also was involved in the SNL 40th Special too.

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    That Don Guy
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    It’s very unfair. 
    People who’s not even been nominated or do not have any associate with TV business anymore like Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Kerry Washington, Terrence Howard can sit in the first row while the other TV insiders who busts their ass off every year for this medium like Bob Odenkirk, Peter Dinklage or Kate McKinnon have been seated far far behind.
    I mean, if this is a celebration of TV you don’t need to pump movie stars or big celebrities again. Let the real stars of TV make their shines for a bit, dammit. I saw some of them has left the theater after announcement of their categories, can you blame them? They are being invited for this big party once in a year, and they can’t even see the podium properly and watch the show from the screen like us.

    Here’s one possible explanation: it makes it easier to get reaction shots if the people that the viewing audience knows are sitting up front.  (shot of Lady Gaga or Tina Fey) “Hey, it’s {whoever it is}!”  (shot of Bob Odenkirk)  “Who’s that?  Who are these no-names?  First it’s a bunch of shows I’ll never see since it’s bad enough to pay $70/month for cable without having to pay more for HBO and Netflix winning all of the awards, and now this.  Let’s see who’s winning the football game…”

    Remember – the Emmys don’t just celebrate television; the show itself is entertainment.  There’s a reason Lady Gaga gets asked “who she’s wearing” but Melissa Disney (the show’s voiceover, IIRC) doesn’t.
    If the Academy cared that much about “celebrating television,” the Creative Arts ceremony would air live in its entirety.  It’s not as if CBS or NBC have anything better to show on a Saturday night in September (ABC and Fox have college football), and even if they did, it’s not as if nobody gets Bravo or E!.

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    Deniz Sisman
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    #362439

    Please. SNL and Better Call Saul were one of the most watched shows of the past year. And McKinnon and Odenkirk were the stars of those. I don’t even need to explain the popularity of GoT and Peter Dinklage. I’m pretty sure viewers care about these names more than they care about Jane Krakowski. There’s only one logical explanation: They have friends in high places, and the others don’t.

    That could also be the explanation of their rating drop. If you place Breaking Bad’s, OITNB’s, AHS’s and GoT’s actors far behind, and put Mad Men’s in front, of course you lose your audience. 

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    #362440

    I don’t think people tune out of the Emmys because of who is sat in the front row!

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    Deniz Sisman
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    No. They tune in to see their favourite TV Stars and Emmys give them Edie Falco, Don Cheadle, and Andre Braugher instead of fan favourites Uzo Aduba, Sarah Paulson, Lena Headey and Kate McKinnon. It’s actually very easy to understand. As has been explained above, it’s more easy to focus on celebrities who sit in front than the others who sit behind.
    But of course you can’t attract audiences when you have unpopular celebs on the front. 

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