Pat Clark

New season arrives; Emmy post mortem

Viola Davis accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for “How to Get Away With Murder” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.
Viola Davis accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for “How to Get Away With Murder” at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. The Associated Press

The new fall TV season has arrived (insert happy dance here) with returning favorites and fresh fare to try.

Most of the shows this week were made up of those returning favorites, with the spate of newly minted series about to emerge. Of course, only a fraction will stick.

Aside from “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” which I’ve already fallen in love with, my DVR is primed to add a few more options. So far, I’m going to give a shot to NBC’s “Blindspot,” “Life in Pieces” on CBS and “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder” on Fox, with more likely to be added.

Which new shows look good to you?

Quick ‘Emmys’ hits

Along the TV lines, some random thoughts from Sunday’s woefully unentertaining Emmy Awards telecast:

As much as I love Andy Samberg, he just wasn’t geared to host the Emmys. It was almost painful to watch. While the opening song and dance recording was funny – all those shows about wives! – he was uneven in his monologue. And throughout the telecast, as well.

More painful were the stilted “comedy” bits misguidedly fed to the presenters all evening. Did even one land a laugh? Just let the actors and actresses be themselves, Emmy writers, instead of forcing them to recite inane lines. Even the funniest of people – see Mindy Kaling – crashed and burned at the mike.

The Emmys even short shrifted “Justified” in its series-finale montage. Harumph.

Is there a strap shortage in Hollywood? Too many off-the-shoulder gowns were compounded by the fact that too many of them fit poorly. It was a parade of wardrobe malfunctions waiting to happen.

One of the lovely exceptions was the wine-colored strapless gown worn by “Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland. Gorgeous.

And then there was Heidi Klum’s dress. Um, enough said.

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” deserved every accolade it received. Stewart will be missed.

Margo Martindale wins a well-deserved guest acting Emmy for her stint on “The Americans,” but the show itself is inexplicably snubbed? Really, Emmys, fix this.

Teleprompters kill.

Jamie Lee Curtis still rocks.

How can you not love “Orange Is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba after her humble, heartfelt acceptance speech when she won the best supporting actress in a drama trophy?

Finally, Jon Hamm gets his due. After several nominations, the “Mad Men” star wins best actor. It was the last chance to honor him for his crazy great work, and if he hadn’t won, it would have been the shock of the night.

I think I loved Viola Davis’ gown best of all – and it had straps!

Aduba’s speech was lovely, but Davis, who won best actress in a drama series, had the most moving acceptance speech of the night. Her comments on women of color needing more opportunities was articulate and spot on.

How can a TV show honoring the best in TV shows be one of the worst shows on TV? Discuss.

OK, OK, “Game of Thrones.” I get it already.

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