Post by usedletterboard on May 21, 2020 18:27:22 GMT -5
The list of nominations for this year's Daytime Emmy Awards was released earlier today, and it looks like Wheel, or more specifically Pat, picked up a single nod for "Outstanding Game Show Host". He will be up against the following:
Wayne Brady (LMaD)
Steve Harvey (Feud)
Alfonso Ribeiro (Catch 21)
Alex Trebek (J!)
Interestingly enough, sister-show Jeopardy! was nominated in five additional categories, including "Outstanding Game Show", "Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program", "Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement - Topical ('All Star Games')", "Outstanding Directing for a Game Show" and "Outstanding Hairstyling."
The ceremony will take place virtually this year, airing on CBS on Friday, June 26. Good luck to all who were nominated this year!
In other words, nothing's changed. Sony would probably die of embarrassment if Wheel ever won an award over Jeopardy!, which is probably why the show itself hardly ever gets nominated anymore. Sony's been riding the "Jeopardy! > Wheel" wave for years. When was the last time Wheel had anything that Jeopardy! didn't, anyway?
Not that Wheel was going to win anyway. Alex will win Best Host for obvious reasons (again), and Best Game Show will go to the only ones that ever win it anymore: Feud, J!, or Price.
Wheel really deserves better. If CBS can submit both Price and LMAD even though the former is way more popular than the latter, then Sony can go back to doing the same with Wheel. Just because Wheel has had virtually no creativity or uniqueness in the past few years doesn't mean it deserves no recognition, but Wheel's been terribly neglected lately by the industry.
Last Edit: May 21, 2020 22:19:36 GMT -5 by MarioGS
Just because Wheel has had virtually no creativity or uniqueness in the past few years doesn't mean it deserves no recognition,
Yes. Yes it does.
Granted, I think Vanna's turn as host deserves some sort of nod (especially since it's by far the most creative and/or unique thing to happen on the show in the past 5-6 years or so), but other than that it's been the same old tiredness.
but Wheel's been terribly neglected lately by the industry.
And, I'd argue, for good reason. Granted, that doesn't explain why the Academy thinks The Euphemism ShowNotice Me, Urban Dictionary-Senpai!Family Feud is worth being nominated for Outstanding Game Show...
Last Edit: May 22, 2020 12:39:07 GMT -5 by WarioSajak
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Emmys: the one day of the year where the entire game show industry unites to point and laugh at Wheel. To have literally every big-name game show except Wheel nominated every single year is just wrong. Yes, the show has been terribly-produced, but to blatantly exclude it from any recognition at all feels like somebody out there has some vendetta for the show. It would be like the Oscars never nominating Meryl Streep or the Grammys never nominating Ariana Grande even if their most recent work wasn't as well received. The names alone are big enough.
But I wish we knew the reason why - does the Academy really hate the show that much, or is Sony just using good old Jeopardy! favoritism? Fremantle never plays favorites with Price/LMAD. Not all J! staff works on Wheel, so it's a big middle finger to those that work only on Wheel. Always excluded, and always thrown under the bus because Harry Friedman putting all his creativity into Jeopardy! over the past several years has resulted in a near-universal preference for that show, instead of two juggernaut companions like they once were in better times. Is there any reason to put the fault on Wheel's constant Emmy snubs on anybody but Harry?
It's so sad how far our show has fallen. I'm just thankful things are actually finally going to change. I honestly think less than another decade under Harry and the show would have been cancelled but J! would have continued even without Alex because of how J!'s popularity has risen this past decade and Wheel's has fallen.
And I am not counting Pat's nominations in all this. We know from the moment the nominations are announced that Pat is never winning over Alex Trebek, especially not now. Could you imagine the riots if Pat won the award over Alex, even though Pat had a health emergency of his own? Health aside, it's pretty much become law that Wheel can only get equal or lesser spotlight than Jeopardy! these days. I actually kind of miss the days where Family Feud was so far above both of them but Wheel and J! were still roughly equal. Now Feud has pretty much fallen a bit under J!, but still well above Wheel thanks to Mr. Harvey.
It's times like this I wish Wheel and Jeopardy! weren't co-owned. Not like it would be any difference given how much casual game show fans like to compare the two as if they're competitors. Maybe if they were, Wheel or its owners would wake up and smell the coffee.
Last Edit: Jun 27, 2020 22:35:52 GMT -5 by MarioGS
To have literally every big-name game show except Wheel nominated every single year is just wrong.
Forget big-name shows - a canceled Double Dare and a new revival of 5th Grader both got nods over Wheel this year.
At this rate, some public access high school quiz show in Kansas will get nominated in 2021 and Wheel still won't get nominated because "hahaha Wheel sucks everyone knows Jeopardy is better nobody watches it anymore anyway"
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