Surprise winners needed at future Emmys

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Monday night the airwaves of social media were filled with chatter about the Emmys.

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2010 file photo, Jason Winer co-executive producer of 'Modern Family,' the Emmy winner for outstanding comedy series, attends the Fox Emmy after party in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Shea Walsh, file)

The Emmys are the equivalent of Academy Awards or Tony Awards, except for television. They are designed to recognize the best of the best. The only problem is there are no surprises anymore.

On Monday, Breaking Bad dominated the house again and shows that have won for years in a row won yet again. Jim Parsons won his fourth Emmy in a row for his role as Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory and, as normal, Modern Family won for outstanding comedy series.

Television shows these days are known for surprising us, filled with excitement and anticipation. In some ways, TV is much bigger now than it ever has been.

Yet when it comes to recognizing excellence, it seems we are set with a formula where the winners don’t surprise.Modern Family might be an outstanding comedy, just asBreaking Bad might be a great show with wonderful performances, but they don’t need to win every year.

There are other fantastic shows that were snubbed — some deserving shows not even receiving a nomination — that deserve to walk away with an Emmy. What shows those might be depend on our opinions. Netflix shows, for instance, were shut out at this year’s Emmys.

A lot of people were upset that, once again, Game of Thrones, didn’t win a Primetime Emmy. Despite having 19 nominations, more than any other show, it walked away with no wins. The last time it won was in 2011 when Peter Dinklage won for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.

Game of Thrones did win five Creative Arts Emmys leading up to the Primetime Emmy Awards. One of those wins was for outstanding special and visual effects. One of the nominees in that category was former Moose Jaw native Tyler Weiss and the rest of the team of the CW show, The 100.

This year’s Emmys deserve some credit, though. There was a genuine tribute to Robin Williams, who died earlier this month. Billy Crystal took the stage after the In Memoriam segment to pay tribute to his longtime friend.

“It’s very hard to talk about him in the past, because he was so present in all of our lives,” Crystal said. “For almost 40 years, he was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy.”

It’d be nice to see an awards show where we can’t predict the outcome of the winners. Bring some surprise back into it. Then it’ll stay a lot fresher and add value to the awards show.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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