Critic Consensus: Stephen Colbert proves an engaging master of ceremonies during a politically-charged Emmys bristling with jabs at the White House -- and punctuated with an exciting array of fresh victors.
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Colbert fulfilled expectations beautifully, during his brisk, sharp opening monologue and his shorter gags later in the show.
The Trump beat-down was predictable, but maybe not to this extent. And it ate away at the value of the awards themselves.
The quality of the winners, so many for the first time, kept the show moving along nicely, as did Colbert's extremely capable hosting.
Colbert had former Trump spokesman Sean Spicer zoom out on a mobile podium... It was a sickening, cynical laugh grab.
Sean Spicer showed up, and it didn't feel OK anymore... Colbert popped the bubble he created. His opener built a safe space for the audience to have a good time, and then he invited reality inside immediately after locking the doors.
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