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  • Neildobrien
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    I’ve been mourning the loss of the tape system recently and was thinking about all the deserving yet out there wins it produced (Ricky Gervais 2007, Zelko Ivanek 2008). Then I started thinking about those episodes that really weren’t that Emmy worthy. The one that sticks out for me is Ray Romano’s 2002 win for ‘The Break-Up Tape’. He had so many great performances on that show but that episode won him an Emmy?

    Out of interest, are there any Emmy-winning submissions that still leave you puzzled?

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    Riley
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    Kiefer Sutherland won for the weakest tape that he submitted from the six seasons that he was nominated.

    I really did not get Željko Ivanek‘s tape. Is it this just that he was a straight actor playing a gay character who died? That is usually a recipe for awards success after all. Plus he was a long-working character on his only nomination against a field of mostly past Emmy winners. But we got into this weird situation where Michael Emerson had a tape stronger than the winner’s, as well as the tape that he won with the next year.

    Bobby Cannavale won in the same category for being the loudest, which I get, but he also way overacted, which I thought should have disqualified him before any of his competitors.

    Archie Panjabi had nothing in “Hi”. There is no other way to put it. That was clearly a case of them throwing out the tapes because all of them sucked and just voting for their favourite or the most interesting character. In this case, the winning formula was foreign plus leather plus bisexual. At least the win woke the writers up and she got Emmy-worthy material the next year to compensate.

    Dan Bucatinsky was the worst winner that the tape system produced. He had the material, but he was so bad.

    It was surprising to see Joe Morton‘s tape after hearing so much about Papa Pope. Having seen other Emmy-submitted episodes from later in the season and series, he clearly went with screen time over impact, which usually does not pay off, hence why I predicted Reg E. Cathey a year early.

    Although I disagree with the Elsbeth Tascioni character, at least “Je Ne Sais What?” was built as a showcase for Carrie Preston, so I can see how it pleased fans of her. But “The Dream Team” was not a Martha Plimpton showcase; she was very much supporting the supporting roles on the show.

    In hindsight, Sheldon getting drunk basically guaranteed an Emmy, but at the time, we thought that there were levels. Sheldon seemed to get drunk once per season, but the last couple times were much less bombastic than the first few times, making it a surprise at the time when Jim Parsons won his third and fourth Emmys.

    I did not understand Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘s first two tapes “Tears” and “Running”, especially opposite “The Dress” for Melissa McCarthy, which was more slapstick that the tape that she won with the year before and in line with what was winning on the actor side.

    Ty Burrell usually submits the wrong tape. The first time that he won, he was helped by his co-stars because he got to prove him worthiness in their tapes. The second time, he got to rely on a combination of the Emmys’ terrible tastes and a mediocre field in which they might have thrown out the tapes when judging. If you are catching up on old Emmy tapes, do not go into “Good Cop Bad Dog” or “Spring-a-Ding-Fling” expecting anything.

    Tony Hale got a decent tape the year after, but “Running” has screen time for him and nothing else. But that is overselling it because he is in the background for most of his time. The only win more baffling that I witnessed on the comedy side under the tape system was Merritt Wever.

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    Neildobrien
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    Yes! Everyone went crazy for “Spring-a-Ding-Fling” but Tony Hale blew me away that year in “Crate”. I found Merritt Weaver’s tape quite charming but Emmy-winning, perhaps not. I’ll never understand any of Jim Parson’s wins to be honest, I’m one of those people who’s allergic to TBBT.

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    Jake
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    Maybe not the worst but still…

    Felicity Huffman won for the best episode ever produced by “Desperate Housewives” (and submitted 2nd best ever, “Bang!”, 2 years later) but she wasn’t the standout of that episode. She gave better performances in lesser episodes.

    Bryan Cranston was incapable of giving bad performances in “Breaking Bad” but “Full Measure” is his worst submission. I was slightly disappointed that he won with it in this competitive 2010 field.

    I was outright furious to see Aaron Paul winning for “Confessions”. He was amazing during his breakdown in tears but the final scene with the gun was weak repeat of his previous winning submission, “End Times”, although not as good.

    Uzo Aduba winning for “Hugs Can Be Deceiving” was a mistake. She did noting noteworthy there and wasn’t even a standout supporting actress of the cast that season. She impressed in season 1 and was riding the wave of that right until now. Only in the end of season 4 she gave performances worthy of recognition again.

    I remember being underwhelmed by Sally Field’s submissions and she won for one of them in 2007.

    Jon Cryer was the standout of “Two and a Half Men” but nowhere near the best in his respective categories. Maybe I’m not too fond of that show.

    The appeal of Megan Mullally in “Will & Grace” was always confusing to me. “Finale” didn’t do much in my book to beat Jamie Pressly that year. Maybe as a goodbye and sorry for previous snubs.

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    Worst Emmy-winning submissions, hands down:

    Margo Martindale for Drama Guest Actress in “The Americans” episodes (I Am Abassin Zabran) and (The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears)

    Combined those 2 emmy-winning performances were less than 5 minutes. And yes, I know it’s under the current system and not the primary one of discussion here. It just feels criminal to have a forum called “Worst Emmy-winning submissions” and to not bring those travesties up.

    Also, for Best Short-Form Animated Program there’s no way “Disney’s Mickey Mouse should have won once, let alone twice! Those pointless, unfunny little 2-3 minute things shouldn’t even have been nominated! Both “Croissant de Triomphe” and “O Sole Minnie” were awful, but it REALLY stung when “Croissant” beat the classic Adventure Time episode “Simon and Marcy.” That one was beyond insulting! 🙁

    I still can’t believe Bob’s Burgers “Mazel-Tina” won even though I thought it was the weakest of all 5 nominees by far! Better than one of the all-time great South Park episode(s) the “Black Friday” trilogy? Or even the series finale (currently, unless Netflix brings it back) of Futurama?! I loved the Futurama finale “Meanwhile”, except for the resolution at the very end, which I still think is a cop-out on what could easily have been the most bittersweet, beautiful endings in TV history.

    Even though I recently stopped watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, “The Manhattan Project” is easily one of the series best episodes, and it too would have been a completely credible and deserving Emmy winner for Best Animated Program, more than Bob’s Burgers in my honest opinion.

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    AayaanUpadhyaya
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    Kiefer Sutherland won for the weakest tape that he submitted from the six seasons that he was nominated.

    I really did not get Željko Ivanek‘s tape. Is it this just that he was a straight actor playing a gay character who died? That is usually a recipe for awards success after all. Plus he was a long-working character on his only nomination against a field of mostly past Emmy winners. But we got into this weird situation where Michael Emerson had a tape stronger than the winner’s, as well as the tape that he won with the next year.

    Bobby Cannavale won in the same category for being the loudest, which I get, but he also way overacted, which I thought should have disqualified him before any of his competitors.

    Archie Panjabi had nothing in “Hi”. There is no other way to put it. That was clearly a case of them throwing out the tapes because all of them sucked and just voting for their favourite or the most interesting character. In this case, the winning formula was foreign plus leather plus bisexual. At least the win woke the writers up and she got Emmy-worthy material the next year to compensate.

    Dan Bucatinsky was the worst winner that the tape system produced. He had the material, but he was so bad.

    It was surprising to see Joe Morton‘s tape after hearing so much about Papa Pope. Having seen other Emmy-submitted episodes from later in the season and series, he clearly went with screen time over impact, which usually does not pay off, hence why I predicted Reg E. Cathey a year early.

    Although I disagree with the Elsbeth Tascioni character, at least “Je Ne Sais What?” was built as a showcase for Carrie Preston, so I can see how it pleased fans of her. But “The Dream Team” was not a Martha Plimpton showcase; she was very much supporting the supporting roles on the show.

    In hindsight, Sheldon getting drunk basically guaranteed an Emmy, but at the time, we thought that there were levels. Sheldon seemed to get drunk once per season, but the last couple times were much less bombastic than the first few times, making it a surprise at the time when Jim Parsons won his third and fourth Emmys.

    I did not understand Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘s first two tapes “Tears” and “Running”, especially opposite “The Dress” for Melissa McCarthy, which was more slapstick that the tape that she won with the year before and in line with what was winning on the actor side.

    Ty Burrell usually submits the wrong tape. The first time that he won, he was helped by his co-stars because he got to prove him worthiness in their tapes. The second time, he got to rely on a combination of the Emmys’ terrible tastes and a mediocre field in which they might have thrown out the tapes when judging. If you are catching up on old Emmy tapes, do not go into “Good Cop Bad Dog” or “Spring-a-Ding-Fling” expecting anything.

    Tony Hale got a decent tape the year after, but “Running” has screen time for him and nothing else. But that is overselling it because he is in the background for most of his time. The only win more baffling that I witnessed on the comedy side under the tape system was Merritt Wever.

    Almost makes me happy the tape system is history

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    Jake
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    I have also never seen Dianne Wiest winning episode of “In Treatment” but I rememeber reading on GD that she’s out of the running after it was announced. So… yeah, there’s that. 🙂

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    Andrew Carden
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    I recall Jaime Pressly’s winning tape (after losing with terrific episodes the year prior) being a complete dud.

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    Riley
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    Worst Emmy-winning submissions, hands down: Margo Martindale for Drama Guest Actress in “The Americans” episodes (I Am Abassin Zabran) and (The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears)

    Combined those 2 emmy-winning performances were less than 5 minutes. And yes, I know it’s under the current system and not the primary one of discussion here. It just feels criminal to have a forum called “Worst Emmy-winning submissions” and to not bring those travesties up.

    Oh, there is no question that these are the worst winning submissions, but I did not mention them because neither win was a product of the tape system. Opening up my list of worst winning submissions to last year and this year would have made it twice as long, but these wins are not really puzzling since they were not responses to the submissions. Happy thousandth post!

    Almost makes me happy the tape system is history

    Producing a couple of baffling wins per year was better than what we have now, especially since they were compensated by inspired wins.

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    13SV8
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    Margo Martindale is the worst Emmy winner.

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    AayaanUpadhyaya
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    Producing a couple of baffling wins per year was better than what we have now, especially since they were compensated by inspired wins.

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    I still think its too soon to come to a judgement. We should wait a few years to decide which was better. I mean the Peter Scolari win alone makes me love this system a lot.

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    Icky
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    But Scolari’s win had little to nothing to do with the new system.

    The old system had issues because often times categories didn’t have any stand out submissions, and I’ve never been a fan of one episode determining the best for a whole season. But I’ll take that over people who clearly aren’t watching the submissions or most of the nominated shows voting pretty much blindly off of buzz and industry rec.

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