I want to Talk about a blooming lot. My back yard now has a dream of mine come true. The Emmy’s are at their competitive best; the Primetime Show is this coming Sunday. Last night I attended the Emmy’s Creative Arts Awards celebrating so many of televisions crafts and crafty people….
THE CRAFTS: Highlights from the Creative Arts Emmys will air at 8 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 22, on ReelzChannel. You may be surprised at the many components involved in making a TV series, or an interstitial bit. All categories of tech talent are represented, including make-up, sound mixers, cinematographers, art directors, and tons more. It’s like a lesson in filmmaking. I really enjoyed the revolving hosts who were producers and technical artists from the various groups. One duo demonstrated an action scene before and after sound effects were added; another, a drama with and without special effects. Appreciation for the crafts was certainly heightened. Individual actors won awards for guest-starring roles; this year’s winners are Martha Plimpton for The Good Wife, Jeremy Davies for Justified, Kathy Bates for Two and a Half Men, and Jimmy Fallon for Saturday Night Live. I suggest heading to the internet to look up Creative Arts Emmy’s for a lot of entertaining and entertainment education. I learned that there’s a YouTube show, now on Cartoon Network, called Annoying Orange. Its voice genius, Tom Sheppard, hosted the Animation segments. And my favorite mention in an acceptance speech goes to the winners of Music Direction for “The Kennedy Center Honors,” who thanked “the other Ray Charles.” Ray is a local gent, age 94 (who wrote the score of my favorite musical job, The First Nine Months are the Hardest!) The historic Ray Charles singers graced theKennedyCenter honors last year, and tugged my heart. And as a side note, Kathy Griffin disgraced that honors show because they won an award that she was also up for. Before announcing the Guest Actress winner for the wonderful Martha Plimpton, Kathy “did her thing?” and read down the Kennedy Center Show. Maybe it was supposed to be funny?
THE BALL: The Television Academy of Arts and Sciences really knows how to throw a party. The Creative Arts Ball is a preview of the Primetime Emmys Ball. Both the same. The Theme is red roses, so striking and beautiful. Even the ceiling had a gigantic Rose that nearly covered the room. (Designed and Produced by Cheryl Cecchetto and the Sequoia Productions Team, sensational!) The fanciful food was by Chef Joachim Splichal catering from Patina. And a first for me, a serve yourself bar of chocolate balls in a patina of unimaginable flavors, covered cherries and blueberry, nuts and who-knows-what all covered with amazing chocolate by Marich Confections. Plus little take out cartons to fill up. We did!
A high up raised band centered the dazzling décor with jazzy production singers and swingers; literally, some young lovelies were dancing on trapeze bars. The whole event was a memorable treat for all senses … and not to forget the illustrious company. Bruce Rosenblum, Chairman and CEO of the Academy, should be very proud. He introduced The Governors Award which went to a heartening organization called “It Gets Better.” Their goal is to prevent suicide among LGBT youth by having gay adults convey the message that these teens’ lives will improve. (Google that and feel good.) Neil Patrick Harris presented the Emmy to Dan Savage and Terry Miller, the creators of “It Gets Better.” Inspiring.
I’ll be watching the toughly contested Primetime Emmys on TV, prepping to head forMt. Airy,North Carolinafor Mayberry Days. Many tributes and memories of Andy. (You know I’ll Talk about that!)
And heads up to Musical Comedy lovers … The Musical Theatre Guild is opening its 17th season on Monday, Sept. 24, with Titanic. Check this out on the internet for details, and learn about this non-profit organization that keeps Musicals alive and brings this art form into the schools. A whole new generation of theatergoers will appreciate MTG’s efforts, as I do. So, what’s a better way to support musical education while seeing sensational professional singers in brilliant shows? Carol Channing loves this.
RAISED GARDEN: As I write, I look out at my backyard dream come true. A raised garden, in sections, so I can properly tend the veggies — I don’t have to bend down to snip. More than a small pleasure.