There have also been wins for Boardwalk Empire, which I haven’t seen, because it doesn’t run in Germany yet (though I would give it a chance, because it hits several of my story kinks), Friday Night Lights and Modern Family. I don’t even know what the last two shows are, though the first is apparently a drama and the second a comedy. A remake of Mildred Pierce (They remade Mildred Pierce? Really? Why, for heaven’s sake?) also took home a few prices.
In short, a lot of blah and the few shows and people I was rooting for mostly lost. The only thing that really makes me happy is that Peter Dinklage got to take home an Emmy award for playing Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones.
Though it’s telling that Downton Abbey, which presents fantasy Britain as Americans like to see it, won several Emmys, while it was snubbed at the Baftas in favour of Sherlock (which was nominated for only one Emmy and lost). The second British production nominated, the crime drama Luther*, lost out as well, which is a pity because we hardly ever get TV drama with a black leading man. Now I thoroughly enjoyed both Sherlock and Luther and found Downton Abbey incredibly plodding and dull, but the Emmy voters apparently felt differently. I think it’s also very telling that of the three British productions nominated, the two contemporary set productions did not win, while the history theme park costume drama did win. For that matter, several of the other winners, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, The Kennedys, Mildred Pierce, have historical settings as well. All shows seem to be well researched and the set and costume design looks top-notch. But it’s still slightly alarming that America seems to be losing its taste for contemporary stories and instead prefers to retreat into more or less fantastic historical settings.
And now for some other links:
Jay Lake has a great post on writing advice and how to take what works for you and learn to ignore what doesn’t. There’s also a follow-up post, which goes further into the filters a writer needs to develop.
At Terrible Minds, Chuck Wendig lists the twenty-five virtues every writer should possess.
Finally, I’ve got a new post up at the ABC Buhlert blog about the perpetual oil crisis and possible alternatives.
*Though watching Luther is very weird, if you’ve ever been a Doctor Who fan, because we have Indira Varma a.k.a. Suzie Costello from Torchwood as Luther’s estranged wife, Paul McGann a.k.a. the Eighth Doctor as her new lover and Sean Pertwee, whose father Jon Pertween was the Third Doctor, as a villain in one episode.