Emmys 2014: Seth Meyers skewers Jim Parsons, NBC, ‘Fargo,’ ‘True Detective’ in opening

Emmys -Every year, part of the reason for anxiety at the Emmys is finding out whether or not your favorite show wins. At the same time, though, another part of it is finding out whether or not the host of the show will be any good.

We were actually somewhat ho-hum about the final turn for Neil Patrick Harris on the show recently, mostly because we felt like it was going to go in a more zany direction than it did. Therefore, we’re hoping that Seth Meyers will follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Fallon four years ago, and knock this show right out of the park.

The opening by Seth was for the most part really funny, largely because Seth just stuck to his roots: Great comedy. You have great jokes all about dramas being submitted as comedies, comments about the need to kill off characters so “you’re not paying Sheldon a million an episode,” and much more. Some jokes weren’t complete winners, but most of them were. It was a very modern, relevant monologue, and as someone who loves the industry as much as we do, we’re glad to see him get this shot.

Also great about this? It was pretty nice to just have the opening, and then get on with it to the rest of the awards. We never felt like the opening dragged, and Seth spent just enough time to let everyone know who he was. Plus, he managed to make Ricky Gervais laugh! That in our mind is always a significant badge of honor.

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