First of all, Congrats to George and team for doing a great job on the Geminis tonight! It takes a lot of work to pull off an award show, and even more work to get people to watch it… and stay watching it….
Some say it was snappy and short, I say Thank God and the CBC…etc… that it wasn’t more than an hour! Not that it wasn’t good… award shows are by nature stupid and meaningless for those not in the industry, and I typically can’t stomach more than an hour of any award show generally… so it was the perfect amount of time- AND entertaining!
I thought they did a fantastic job with that little bit off the top where George insults the locals by calling Saskatchewan “flat.”… it was funny and gave them a chance to reiterate the “famous” Canadian “stars” that were in attendance.
I thought George did a great job as host, although its not much out of his element, he kept the flow going… there are very few people that can speak as quickly as he can. We all know the award show process, and its so overly indulgent of the industry to make us sit through the same shit every year, which is again why I liked the pace and the structure and the lack of fluff. It also makes it seem more professional. In the past, award shows tend to be slow moving and like 4 hours long, allowing people to ramble, and thus seeming sloppy. This was not the case here. To the point is good. Very good.
And George was indeed to the point when he suggested to the execs in the house to please spend money on new content. risk is fun, and rewarding. We don’t need another American rip-off show, its bad enough we have to watch the American version (I’m talking to you CTV…)
A mention must also be made to the music they used.. some nice Canadian talent. That alone made the show better than it was in the past.
As for the 5th-Grader bit… wasn’t the mini-George adorable… did he really give him the finger?! Yes he did.
All in all a great job. I hope more award shows adopt the slimmer format, especially since we’re gonna change the channel after an hour anyway…