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Jeff Garlin Has Had Enough of Emmys Ads, Thanks

Jeff Garlin, who returns to TV on ABC’s The Goldbergs on Sept. 27 and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm on Oct. 1, is getting a bit sick of Emmys advertising.

Speaking with reporters from the set of The Goldbergs in Los Angeles during the recent Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, Garlin lashed out against the billboards touting TV series all around the city.

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“We’re the billboard capital of the United States of America,” he started. “At least half of them, I don’t know what they’re for. Is that a singer? Is that a band?” Garlin saved his sharpest contempt for the road signs looking to sway Emmys voters. He mentioned one for Amazon Studios’s Transparentthat said, “We are courageous.”

“A man becoming a woman in real life? Courageous,” Garlin bellowed. “Actors on a set getting a lot of money? There’s a craft services table! There’s nothing courageous about that. They get good salaries. It’s air-conditioned!” Transparent’sJeffrey Tambor is up for an outstanding actor prize this fall. He won last year. Judith Light and Kathryn Hahn are in the running for best supporting actress.

Garlin then shifted to Mozart in the Jungle, also an Amazon series. That billboard said, “We are iconic.”

“Bob Dylan — iconic. Mozart — iconic. Ella Fitzgerald — iconic,” howled Garlin. “A show that comes out on a place where you buy napkins? That’s not iconic.”

Amazon did not comment.

Mozart in the Jungle cleaned up at the 2016 Golden Globes awards, winning best musical or comedy, and with Gael Garcia Bernal taking home the best actor in a musical or comedy trophy.

Garlin suggested the folks at Amazon may not know what iconic means. “It’s a show most people don’t know!” he said of Mozart. “They’re buying a toaster!

Michael Malone
Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.