September 23, 2002


THE EMMY OF MY EMMY IS MY FRIEND: I only saw the second half of last night's Emmy Awards, as prior to that I was laying my eyes upon the twin wonderment that is "The Sopranos" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." I generally agree with most of the decisions on the major awards (great that Michael Chiklis won Best Actor for "The Shield"; he's a damn good actor on a damn good show) with the glaring exception of Outstanding Drama Series. Seeing as how "The West Wing" delivered by the far the weakest of its three seasons, punctuated by that insulting and condescending "terrorism" episode/lecture, how it could overtake the amazing "Six Feet Under" is beyond me- especially since "Six"'s second season was much better than its first, when it managed to beat "West Wing" for the award. I would've even been happy if "Law & Order" had won, especially considering that its terrorism-based season finale was the best episode of any television series all of last year. At any rate, when Aaron Sorkin created "West Wing" in 1999 I bet he never guessed he'd be accepting an Emmy Award from presenter Rudy Giuiliani.

PS: Speaking of "The Sopranos," I like everyone else have been amazed by the first two episodes of Sopranos IV. However, I am a little bit confused about the timeline, since the show took 18 months off on its production schedule. The third season seemed to incapsulate Meadow's freshman year at Columbia, and since it aired from March-May of 2001 I assumed the timeline of the season was from the fall of 2000 until the spring of 2001. There were, after all, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Super Bowl-themed episodes at midseason of Season 3. So now Meadow is about to start her sophomore year, so you'd think it would be September of 2001. BUT, that was of course when 9/11 occurred, and we know from current dialogue that 9/11 and the Enron scandal have both already happened, so it must be August or September 2002. Where'd that extra year go? Must be the same logic that explains how James Bond is the same age now as he was in 1964.

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 23, 2002 11:59 PM
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