Let's be honest, behind the glamour and glitz that goes along with their celebrity status a lot of presenters at the Emmy' Awards are actors in need of a better two-minute script. Few presenters these days come with the quick wit and improv skills of a Billy Crystal, Robin Williams or a Tina Fey, a fact made crystal clear by this year's "64th Primetime Emmy Awards." So with all due respect to the likes of Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Stephen Colbert, stars who did justice to their jobs at this year's show, here are the five most inept presenters of 2012 and why they made the list.
When you get Jim Parsons (Sheldon of the "Big Bang Theory") and Zoey Deschanel (Jess of "New Girl" fame) together as co-presenters you expect a bit worthy of a few laughs. However Deschanel was hardly up to the task delivering her lines in such a lifeless and humorless manner that the bit was almost pronounced dead on arrival. In the end the laughs the duo got came strictly compliments of Parsons.
Really, a straight up reading of the nominees for Supporting Actress in a Comedy is all we got from Kat Dennings? As the sassy and sarcastic waitress of the series "2 Broke Girls," Dennings has certainly shown impeccable comedic timing. However, maybe the producers felt that Dennings, whose ultra large bosoms were popping out of her red dress, should be seen and not heard. Either way -- score this one a huge disappointment, especially when her co-presenter Jon Cryer added nothing of value to the moment. Cryer was considerably better (or at least funnier) during the acceptance speech he gave later on.
Anyone who has seen Van Der Beek poke fun at himself in the comedy series "Don't Trust the B____ in Apartment 23," should feel let down by his part in one of the worst bits of the night. Handing out the Emmy for Best Reality Show, Van Der Beek played straight man in an inept skit that basically gave out the score of the Patriots-Ravens football game.
Maybe the bit with Tracy Morgan lying on the stage could have gone better if the presenters who followed him would have done their part, but they didn't and the bit with the bloated actor went nowhere. And while Hayden Panettiere certainly did not add much to the moment, Connie Britton looked almost embarrassed to be part of the schlock. Still, she's an actress who should be capable of adding something to the part she has been asked to play no matter how ridiculous it may be.
Okay, so Claire Danes is expecting, good for her. I guess that fact alone, which was clearly showcased by the yellow dress she wore, should have been enough for those watching, because Danes did little else but work her way through the list of nominees. At least she was a lot more animated (especially when thanking her husband) when she won an Emmy later on in the show. It's nice to see she kept her priorities straight.
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- Kat Dennings
- Kat Dennings
- Robin Williams
- Tina Fey
- Jim Parsons
- Stephen Colbert