Re: Didn't watch the TONYs
- From: Judy <judyjudy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 06:03:32 -0400
Jason T wrote:
I was home. I have a DVR. I was invited to three different TONYS parties. And yet ...
First of all, I should note that I don't really like any awards shows. I haven't watched the GRAMMYS since the early 90s. I've caught about half of the OSCARS broadcasts in the last fifteen years. The one I've seen the most is the TONYS. And yet...
Anyone else? Any particular reason?
Much the way I feel (felt?) First, I hate commercials, so I prefer to watch *any* show on DVR, with that wonderful little skip-ahead button (or, sometimes, the chance to go back and catch a missed line, or glimpse). Second, I hate just sitting and watching, so I like to do something else, usually some mundane chore, at the same time. Awards shows especially lend themselves to other activities.
I also think they've *all* become too conscious of viewership and criticism, so everything gets tidied up, hushed up or homogenized. They've become as spontaneous and narcoleptic as a presidential speech.
Awards shows are generally duds, particlarly since they've added so many of them. To me, the shows are dreadful and embarrassing and awkward - the reason, I believe, no one wanted to host the show this year. Who wants to be associated with a dud? I'm only 300 miles from NY and have the opportunity to see the shows I want to see, so I don't depend on a snippet, the one televised number, to be able to discuss a show or even to get a feel for it. I don't care what the women are wearing. Hence, I'd rather watch Midsomer Murders and find out who won on the 11:00 news if I'm awake (unlikely) or read it online Monday morning.
I wish I could be constructive about this and make suggestions that would make the show more appealing to me, but I can't. Anyone have any ideas?
The thought just occurred to me that many love this show and care deeply about the results and I don't. However, along with my love of theater is the love of several sports. I'm a sports fan, but not particularly a fan of competition (particularly in a classroom, but that's another topic entirely), and believe it only has meaning, when the results are objective. Awards shows are like Olympic ice skating (not a sport I care about at all IF one is willing to call it a sport) - no matter how the powers that be try to refine the process, judging is subjective and really, therefore, meaningless.
It would be nice if whatever the American Theater Wing chooses to do will be in a format that will attract new viewers and new theater audiences rather than sticking with the old and failing format that it and the other awards shows presently use.
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