Silver Garbage Awards Recap- 'Brothers', 'TBL', and 'Melrose' Big Winners as Team Leno Gets the Last Laugh
MENAGE A FAILURE: The CW's failed attempt at resurrecting 1990s primetime soap Melrose Place earned the failed remake honors for Worst Drama Series at the Silver Garbage Awards. (photo taken by Bryan Curtiss)
NBC’s experiment by putting late night into primetime was a complete and total disaster. However, it proved to come up with the big upset on Silver Garbage award night as The Jay Leno Show won for Worst Comedy Series at this summer’s Silver Garbage Awards.
The Silver Garbage Awards are an awards show created by Bryan Curtiss to counteract with both his best of television awards show, The Bryan Awards, and with the Emmy Awards. The nominees for the Silver Garbage Awards are usually announced the day before the Emmy nominees are, and the winners were announced on the morning of August 28, the day before the Primetime Emmy telecast.
Brothers, Fox’s failed sitcom about a retired football player and his wheelchair bound brother, led all shows with 14 nominations.
"It was the worst show imaginable," Curtiss said. "Fox has had a string of stinkcoms in recent years, with Happy Hour, Til Death, Do Not Disturb, The Return of Jezebel James, and now Brothers."
The Jay Leno Show was NBC’s attempt to put Jay Leno into primetime, which was a disaster that NBC would like to forget.
"NBC totally missed the boat by keeping Jay Leno after he wanted to give up The Tonight Show. The Jay Leno Show just wasn’t appointment TV, and especially for an hour a night in which we’re expected to see the action-packed dramas," Curtiss said. "However, when NBC realized they were wrong, they wanted to put Leno back on The Tonight Show and kick Conan O’Brien to the curb, leading to the Team Leno versus Team Coco war."
Brothers did not go home empty-handed, as it won six Silver Garbage awards, including Best Actor for former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, as a former NFL player, Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress, respectively for veteran actors Carl Weathers and CCH Pounder, Guest Actress (Kim Kardashian), Ensemble Cast, and Writing.
Another show with six Silver Garbage awards was the worst new show of the year, TBL: The Beautiful Life, which had 11 nominations.
“The writing was on the wall, the moment that the CW decided to give this show a chance,” Curtiss said about the failed supermodel drama, which was the first network show to be axed last fall (after only two episodes).
TBL won for Worst Actress (Mischa Barton), Supporting Actor (Corbin Bleu), Writing, Ensemble Cast, New Series, and Screen Couple.
TBL star Barton also won for Worst Guest Actress for her appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which garnered a long overdue Emmy for actress Ann-Margret the week before, making it the first time that a show won an Emmy and Silver Garbage Award in the same calendar year.
In the Guest Actress race, Barton bested out four actresses from the worst Drama Series of the year, Melrose Place, which was an updated remake of the 1990s “appointment” show.
“When Melrose was updated, nobody cared,” Curtiss said. “It was just a shell of its former self.”
Melrose Place also won for Worst Remake or Spin-off, and Worst Supporting Actress for actress-singer Ashlee Simpson-Wentz.
Other big winners included Jenna Elfman as Worst Comedy Actress for her role as a pregnant woman on Accidentally on Purpose, Spencer Pratt as Worst Drama Actor for The Hills, and the directing team of Guiding Light.
MAJOR SILVER GARBAGE WINNERS
Worst Comedy Series: The Jay Leno Show (NBC)