“The Price is Right” and Ben Bailey Win Daytime Emmy Awards
Last night Hollywood gathered to celebrate the best in daytime television with the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Hosted by Robin Meade, Sam Champion, and A.J. Hammer, saw game shows honored in full force. First, genre legends Monty Hall and Bob Stewart were presented Lifetime Achievement Awards so congratulations to them. We could go on about why they deserve it so much but I think that’s self explanatory. The awards did offer a few surprises, though.
Whenever anything Cash Cab gets nominated we just expect it to win, and it was predictably correct again. Ben Bailey won best game show host, which is a bit shocking. I was hoping we’d see it go to Steve Harvey finally, but this is most likely Ben’s last time for this and he’s undeniably great at what he does so congratulations. But, again, if this year’s unbelievable performance on Family Feud wasn’t enough to get him an Emmy I’m not sure what he’ll have to do beyond burst into a ball of confetti mid show next season. Due to an excellent performance by Steve, funny moments, and out of this world casting, last year was the best Feud has been in decades.
The shocker of the night was the Best Game Show award to The Price is Right. We mean no disrespect by that. We’re on the record of being huge fans of the show’s current direction and what they’ve done to turn the show into a modern, fun, engaging game from its previous-but-recent state of crusty and old. However, if you read any message board or discussion thread anywhere, even here, you’d figure the show has never been worse. It just continues my constant persistence, to the annoyance of many and I am sorry, that fanboys may be vocal but they are the distant minority. Price is the best its been in decades thanks to the great hosting of Drew Carey and the amazing producing job of Mike Richards. They managed to update the show while keeping it recognizable to its older audience. No one revives and revamps a show successfully like Fremantle and it’s glad to finally see them get the recognition they deserve.