There were a lot of directions tonight's Emmy's show could've gone in, but by the midpoint it was clear the night had coalesced around a theme few had expected: The Night of the Dead.
And not the Living Dead, not the bleary-eyed audience members hanging in there as yet another dance number began; nor the ghosts of Jon Stewart's 10-year winning streak. But the in-the-ground dead. Emmy's fallen were out in more force tonight than off the shoulder gowns or spray on tans.
Every time the show got a little spring in its step, it took a sudden turn for the morbid.
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The first and biggest problem was the decision to split up the In Memoriam tributes throughout the show. Rather than doing them all at once, in the one giant let's-pause-to-remember moment that awards shows typically use, the Emmycast returned to the dead theme over and over with heartfelt tributes from Jane Lynch, Edie Falco and others to their lost colleagues of the last year.
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