Did they really solve it this year? Though Emmy producers had suggested there would be no (or nearly no) opening monologue or traditional production number, the Fox broadcast recruited one of its longtime stars to do the honors: Homer Simpson.
Tonight’s opening did indeed seem leaner, but maybe not lean enough. Basically turning the opening moment into a The Simpsons commercial, the broadcast began with the animated dad walking on stage, crowing about having reached his “impossible dream” just before a cartoon piano fell on him.
Cut to a stunned Anthony Anderson in the audience,