Al Gore’s Victory Lap Continues
September 16, 2007 7:28 PM
You had to know Al Gore was likely to win the Creative Achievement in Interactive Television category for his Current network when Emmy producers decided to move the wonky category from the Creative Arts ceremony to the main prime-time show (tough to imagine somebody taking the Emmy stage to accept an award on behalf of fellow nominees MLB Mosaic or the BIAP Fantasy Football Television Tracker). Gore is a mainstream celebrity now, and his global warming campaign fits with Fox’s eco-theme (an odd marriage that’s taking a while to get used to).
When he took the stage, Gore was in shouty mode rather than cool-thoughtful mode.
"We are trying to open up the television medium so that viewers can help to make television and join the conversation of democracy and reclaim American democracy by talking about the choices we have to make,” he shouted, to thunderous applause.
Then Gore added: "Current.com next month!”
Backstage, Gore was asked, as survivor of media firestorms, what Britney Spears could learn from him. He wisely avoided the question. Later, he was asked another stunt question. Somebody backstage has been asking winners the slippery and presumptive query: “What is your guiding light?”
“Boy I’ve never been asked that before,” Gore says. “The answer involves more than a catchprahse.”
(“My Name Is Earl” actress Jaime Pressly, by the way, answered the question with the stony reply: “The sun.”)