Daytime stars go nocturnal for Emmys

Friday, May 16, 2003

Wayne Brady is host of the Daytime Emmy Awards (7 p.m., ABC), live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Stars of daytime talk shows, soaps, game shows, home improvement and decorating shows, cartoons and kiddie fare will give and receive statuettes.

Daytime stars -- including Eric Roberts, Sharon Osbourne, Dr. Phil, Donny Osmond, the New York Yankees and the hosts of "The View" -- are scheduled to be on hand. Brady, who has also been host for the Miss America Pageant, has his own daytime syndicated talk show, which is up for four Daytime Emmys.

In its desperate attempt to wrangle humor out of tired and predictable slapstick bits, "Disaster" recycles an astounding number of trite cliches and stereotypes. A heavily accented guy named Luigi shows up in the first five minutes, never to be seen again. There's also an arrogant, beret-wearing French chef; a mean-spirited food critic; a fey, ascot-wearing guy; and a Latin hunk whose every move is accompanied by the sound of gypsy guitars. And "Disaster" trades in that most common TV stereotype, the bratty, self-involved, cell-phone addicted American teenager.

Finalists will be chosen by a studio audience to take their mimicry to the streets in an effort to bamboozle the public.

Tonight's other highlights

Series notes

Arsenio Hall is host of "Star Search" (7 p.m., CBS) ... On back-to-back episodes of "CSI" (CBS), a hockey homicide (8 p.m.), an alleged killer is caught burying a body (9 p.m.) ... "Reba" stars Christopher Rich and Melissa Peterman are hosts for "The WB's Most Outrageous Outtakes" (8 p.m., WB).