Todd Newton and “Jeopardy!” Win at 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards
Last night HLN presented the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Good luck if you found the network. Let’s be honest: most of us only cared about the awards for best game show and best game show host. We had a major upset in the Outstanding Game Show Host category. Todd Newton, host of The Hub’s Family Game Night, which was just brought back from near-cancellation for a third season, took the award home. Todd beat Meredith Vieira, Wayne Brady, and the expected winner Ben Bailey.
We’re very happy to see Todd get recognized for the show. We weren’t expecting it and I doubt many were (that was not a knock at his obvious talent). However, he definitely deserves it. This is the style of show he’s always been good at and for such a small show to be recognized like that is a major accomplishment and very telling of Todd’s abilities. Congratulations, and we hope this trend can continue in the future.
Jeopardy! took home the other genre award: Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show. The Alex Trebek hosted quizzer beat BrainSurge, Let’s Make A Deal, Wheel of Fortune, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and the expected winner Cash Cab. This is the second straight year Jeopardy! won. We get so few hard, fast quiz shows in this country that I’m always relieved when they get recognized.
Happy with the results? I know I am. I’m well on the record saying I can’t quite understand why people feel Cash Cab is the greatest show on the planet and deserving of all these awards.