The 62nd Primetime Emmys have come and gone, and once again the show offered laughs, star power and the occasional stretches of boredom.
In this post-Emmys post, we’ll take a look back at the celebration of TV’s most beloved shows, miniseries and specials, with a specific focus on who won, what the ratings were, and how the show went in general. Consider this your one-stop haven for any and all things that have to do with the 2010 Emmys.
First, lets talk about how the show went. When discussing the high and low points of any awards show, the first thing that people usually zero in on is the host. The 2009 Emmys were famously hosted by the witty and dapper Neil Patrick Harris, who actually managed to elevate the proceedings and return the Emmys to glory.
This year brought us Late Night host Jimmy Fallon as our MC, and anyone who has been following Fallon since his SNL days knows that the comedian is practically notorious for his hit or miss hijinks. Well, according to the general consensus, Fallon was more hit than miss during his tenure as Emmys host, and his opening number – a glee club rendition of “Born To Run” with some humorous celebrity cameos – was certainly an impressive way to kick off the proceedings.
The mock musical – featuring cast members from Glee, Jon Hamm from Mad Men, Jorge Garcia from Lost, Tina Fey, Betty White and others – set the kind of light and spectacular tone you hope for in an awards show, and proved there are still ways to present comedy that is both non-controversial and actually appealing to a mass audience. Fallon’s opening monologue (especially his first joke, a jab at the whole Conan/Leno fallout) further exhibited that the demands of hosting Late Night have polished Fallon into a much better performer than he once was.
Though Fallon did an admirable job, some pacing issues with the show have been noted by many who watched. Award shows still haven’t improved on their current format, it seems: exciting second-tier awards upfront, boring stuff filling the middle, big guns at the end. I’d like to think there’s a better way to do it, but maybe we’ll save that discussion for the comments section.
As for ratings: the 62nd Primetime Emmys posted ratings that basically equaled last year’s numbers, 13.5 million viewers as opposed to last year’s score of 13.47. Though the ratings were about equal, the 62nd Emmys does deserve a little bit more distinction, in my opinion, since the broadcast hopped from CBS to NBC this year.
Though some may argue that people look for the Emmys every year and will watch them no matter which network broadcasts the show, I still think it’s impressive that a network switch didn’t cost the 62nd Primetime Emmys viewers (and I’m sure NBC was happy to get 13.5 million people watching anything on their network :-P).
Without Further ado we’ll get to the 62nd Primetime Emmy Award Winners list. After the list we’ll discuss the how we feel about who won (and who didn’t)
62nd Primetime Emmy Award Winners
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jane Lynch (Glee)
OUSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Betty White (SNL)
OUSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Neil Patrick Harris (Glee)
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A COMEDY
Ryan Murphy (Glee)
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY
Christopher Lloyd and Stephen Levitan (Modern Family)
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMA
Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men)
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
John Lithgow (Dexter)
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Ann Margaret (Law & Order: SVU)
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A DRAMA
Steve Shill (Dexter)
VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL
Bucky Gunts (The Winter Olympics)
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A VARIETY SHOW
Dave Boone and Paul Greenberg (The 2010 Tony Awards)
TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Temple Grandin (HBO)
The Pacific (HBO)
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack)
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Claire Danes (Temple Gradin)
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin)
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SUPORTING ROLE IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
David Strathairn (Temple Grandin)
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SUPORTING ROLE IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Julia Ormand (Temple Grandin)
OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A TV MOVIE, MINISERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Adam Mazer (You Don’t know Jack)
OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
Okay, so I know that there is a certain contingent of our readership out there who are going to be miffed that Lost didn’t get more wins (or noms, for that matter). I also know that I’m going to rile up said contingent when I say that – in my humble opinion – Lost didn’t deserve to win. Not for Dramatic Series, Dramatic Actor, and certainly not for dramatic Actress or Writing In A Drama.
Now, before you pile on: I have been a Lost follower since the pilot episode first aired (longer than a lot of so-called Lost fanatics) and maybe it’s because I have been watching for so long that I can admit to myself that the show lost a fraction of its magic somewhere in the muddled mess of season 3. The excitement we all felt during this final season of Lost was mostly due to a looming sense of intrigue – but as we all now know, the actual endgame for Lost left a considerable number of fans very upset – our own Lost Ending Explanation post is proof of that fact. A beloved show that cannot even muster more acclaim than disappointment in its final bow isn’t exactly worthy of a golden statue, if you get where I’m coming from.
As for those who DID win: I was a believer in Glee very early on – as far back as when Fox aired the pilot at the end of the 2009 spring season. I was still something of a fan of the show all throughout its fall season arch – but when it returned this spring I found myself less and less impressed with it, and especially with its young leads. The characters and the actors portraying the Glee club misfits were refreshingly charming early on, but ultimately ended up being two-dimensional cutouts of modern, liberal-slanted stereotypes. The same could be said for creator Ryan Murphy’s storylines for Glee, which had me rolling my eyes more and more often as the season came to a close. I fear that Glee‘s fire may not burn bright enough to last another season, but we’ll see.
I was very happy to see Modern Family get such big recognition at the Emmys this year; I haven’t seen too much of the show yet, but what I have seen has certainly impressed me and made me laugh. To me, Modern Family is the first show to really nail the topic of how weird, complicated, awkward and yet amazing the modern American social landscape has become, and it tackles the issue of how we navigate that brave new world while managing not to be too offensive, preachy or heavy-handed. Did I mention the cast is amazing and totally responsible for carrying off what could’ve been a disaster of a show? Definitely a deserving winner.
Seeing Mad Men win Best Drama (again) doesn’t really surprise me – I thought that the previous season of the show was truly great, and there was definitely LOADS of drama worth rewarding. That lawn mower episode alone deserved an award (Mad Men fans will surely get that reference ;-)). Seeing Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston win for their work on Breaking Bad was also something of a no-brainer, although this was Paul’s first win after several nominations and he definitely deserved it. Like Mad Men, I do feel that Paul’s win for his impressive work last season was timely instead of overdue. John Lithgow’s win for playing The Trinity Killer on Dexter was that one award everybody was ready to riot over if it went to someone else. Thankfully Lithgow got it.
Finally, I was totally psyched to see The Pacific win. I didn’t hear all THAT much talk about the miniseries when it aired on HBO earlier this year, but for me, The Pacific was the best bit of television I saw in 2009, and is probably the best WWII series I’ve ever seen on either the big or small screen. Never before have I been so excited, moved, heartbroken or terrified by a war story. It’s only after The Pacific that I truly feel like I have even the most basic understanding of what it was like for so many young men to go off and fight and die to prevent some very evil things from happening in the world.
I also thought the cast was excellent – especially Joseph Mazzello (a.k.a. little Timmy from Jurassic Park) who portrayed the transformation of Eugene Sledge from frail boy into hardened vet so vividly that I’m sure the now-deceased man the character was based on would be proud. If you haven’t seen The Pacific, rent it as soon as possible – and I don’t care how tough you think you are, you better bring a box of tissues along.
That’s our recap of the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards. Did you watch the show? What did you think of the host and/or the winners? Did you feel there was any show/actor that got cheated? Sound off in the comments below.