It doesn’t matter that “Saturday Evening Stay” forged members and “Weekend Replace” anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost have been named to host the 2018 Emmy Awards on Sept. 17.
Nobody’s going to look at them.
NBC is clearly making an attempt to capitalize on the renewed reputation of “SNL” in the Trump period by naming younger co-hosts who will punctuate the bestowing of trophies with political jokes. And it may be amusing — for the first half-hour of the ceremony, which normally final three hours complete.
Like the Oscars and the Golden Globes and different ceremonies of yore, the Emmys is an antiques roadshow — a throwback to an period when individuals had nothing higher to do than to take a seat for a whole night and watch some actor win a prize and act stunned.
The general public’s rising indifference to such showboating is made evident by the steep decline in scores for such occasions. Numbers for the Grammys dropped 24 p.c this yr; additionally distressing, the Oscars misplaced 20 p.c as the extravaganza produced one predictable winner after one other. Final yr’s Emmy awards drew a dismal 11.four million viewers, in comparison with 11.three in 2016.
Against this, final week’s episode of “Roseanne” drew 13.2 million viewers. The glamour-free ABC sitcom, which co-stars an unsightly previous sofa, is aware of one thing about the way to appeal to an viewers.
Whereas we’re on the topic of comedy, it’s honest to ask if Jost and Che have the chops to make their “Weekend Replace” rapport go the distance. Their “SNL” skit is a mainstay of the present, however their predecessors in these anchor seats — Tina Fey, Chevy Chase and Seth Meyers, amongst many others — have been extra memorable. Maybe Jost’s stature as film star Scarlett Johansson’s boyfriend elevates him to snaring this type of high-profile gig.
This yr’s Emmy Awards government producer Lorne Michaels’ different proteges, Jimmy Fallon and Meyers, have hosted the present in the previous. Michaels will reportedly get different members of the “SNL” forged to pop in throughout the broadcast to make this less-than-dynamic duo not appear stranded up there with all these boring classes.
Like “SNL” itself, you’ll be able to at all times meet up with the worthy bits a day afterward YouTube.