Rogen reacted strongly to the show’s unusual format in the first hour, presenting the male and female winners of the major acting categories at the same time. For example, Giancarlo Esposito won a supporting actor in a drama for his work on AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and Jennifer Coolidge won supporting actress in HBO’s The White Lotus, both actors taking to the stage at the same time to give speeches one after the other
When he went up to the show, Rogen commented on the weird flow.
“That was weird,” he told an industry audience Sunday night at the Fairmont Century Plaza. “Why would they do that? Are we pressed for time?” Rogen said between laughs.
“You know how I know that? This show airs at 4 p.m. on the CW. That time slot can’t be more expensive than I understand how this all works,” he said, referring to the fact that the live codecast has to air late in the evening. p.m. West Coast time for a 7 p.m. start in East Coast markets.
“I’m not saying The CW is bad. What I will say is that it’s the only network that doesn’t receive any Critics’ Choice nominations,” said Rogen. “You say it sucks! We’re on your least favorite network. How did this happen?”
Then, Rogen’s free-flowing voice veered into the trend of skewing the trend of awards telecasts honoring other kudocasts, such as the Emmy Awards that present awards to the producers of the Academy Awards. Rogen suggested that Critics Choice voters can spare themselves and The CW embarrassment in the future.
“Run next time. You’ll get one,” Rogen explained as the crowd laughed. “No one will think it’s weird. They’ll think it’s okay.”
From there, Rogen seemed to take it even further before returning to the award show business.
“If you’re a regular CW viewer, this is an amazing picture you can watch on your TV right now,” Rogen said. “I may be the first Jew to the CWC in history. We fall into it.”
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