Generally speaking, I’m about as interested in watching the Primetime Emmys as I am in watching professional darts over on ESPN2. And in case you didn’t pick up on my sarcasm, just so we’re clear, I have absolutely no interest in watching professional darts over on ESPN2.
However, if the promo the Television Academy yesterday is any indication whatsoever of the direction the actual awards ceremony is going to take, I’m all in. Because the promo is brilliant. Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reunite to play slimy pawn brokers trying to make a deal with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss who, playing herself, has come into their store—Barely Legal Pawn—to sell her Seinfeld Emmy. The thing is filled with little winks and references that to Breaking Bad, which makes you, the viewer, feel smart. But mostly it’s just funny because Cranston, Paul, and Louis-Dreyfuss are all damn fine actors.
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards air live on ABC on Monday, August 25, at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT.