1. Reality-show stars open the Emmy ceremony, ABC. Since the 60th annual prime-time Emmys marked the first time an award would be given to the best reality-show host, Heidi Klum, Tom Bergeron, Ryan Seacrest, Jeff Probst, and Howie Mandel were invited to host the ceremony as well. They chose to open the evening with a prolonged bit in which they joked about having nothing prepared, which maybe was a recognition of the unscripted nature of their own shows. As Mandel frantically vamped with purportedly ad-libbed banter, the other four simply got progressively quieter, as did the audience. The result was a painfully awkward comic black hole that sucked all of the energy out of the rest of the night, and probably helped the broadcast get record low ratings. As Klum might put it, it was auf-ul.

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