Neil Patrick Harris Returns Emmys To Glory

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:55 pm,

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After an amazing job hosting the Tony Awards this past June, Neil Patrick Harris was tapped to host The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

How was he?

Yet again, pretty amazing. It seems as if he elevated the entire production to another level.

When the show first started and Neil came out singing, I have to be honest, I really didn’t enjoy it. I thought that while Neil has an amazing voice, the song just wasn’t anything great. Especially when compared to everything else that would happen during the course of the night.

Still, I didn’t give up hope. I love Neil Patrick Harris (NPH) and knew that ultimately he would do a great job. His background in acting, magic and Broadway created this perfect Doogie Howser showman. He didn’t disappoint. His jokes were great. His delivery was casual, but cool. I honestly believe that everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

I must take a moment to talk about the production value and set design. They were wonderful. I loved how everything was placed on the stage; from the orchestra to the control room, you could see everything as it was happening and the way they went in and out of commercials with the multi-camera views and the directors’ voice cueing up the next shot. Just great.

Alright, now back to the awards…

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The show kicked off with “Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series” and good thing the hilarious Vanessa Williams showed her comedic prowess by being the only person not to go along with the joke of wearing goofy glasses during the nominee announcement. At that point I wasn’t so much interested as who was going to win because I had turned all my magical powers (What? I have them.) on making sure that she didn’t.

Luckily, that didn’t happen and the delightful, ball of energy, Kristin Chenoweth, came away with the award. She’s great and always puts a smile on my face. I was a big fan of Pushing Daises and was sad to see it get canceled. It seems like Brian Fuller just doesn’t have much luck with his television series. While always imaginative and playful, they just don’t last. First it was Dead Like Me and now Pushing Daises.

After that was Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series,” of which 30 Rock was nominated for 4 out of the 5 spots. It’s really great that a show like 30 Rock gets the acknowledgment that they deserve.

Next was my biggest disappointment of the night, “Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series.” I have to be honest here and say that I’ve never liked Two and a Half Men. I don’t understand what’s funny about that show and for some reason it bugs me when people enjoy it (I know, I’m a horrible person). That being said, I do like Jon Cryer… as “Duckie” in Pretty in Pink, but nothing more.

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I was so sad that 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan didn’t win. I’m still not sure if I even thought he was the most talented actor in the group. I believe I just wanted to see what he had to say. I know that I can’t be the only one. I love just making things up and doing a horrible Tracy Morgan impression. You can say anything and believe he just might say it (“Live every week like it’s Shark Week”).

“Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series” followed and once again I was a bit disappointed. I love Sarah Silverman and felt that she didn’t necessarily deserve the award for her show, The Sarah Silverman Project, but because, in general, she always delivers the laughs. Case in point was her wearing a fake mustache while the camera was on her during the nomination announcement, but playing it completely straight. I had a feeling that Toni Collette would win. I had watched United States of Tara and completely give her credit for doing so many characters.

I just feel that my hatred of Diablo Cody skewed my opinion on this, but that’s her fault for being really horrible with her “hip” references. Ain’t that right, Baby Ruth, Mac & Cheese Daddy? (See… completely took those lines out of Juno 2: Judgment Day.)

At various times, the awards were broken up with little bits by NPH. Some of them involved Harlem Globetrotters, “The Best Seat in the House” and others, like this, involved him railing on how he didn’t win. With a live feed of Jon Cryer in the press room on all the screens, NPH asked a question from his pulpit on the main stage. He just wanted Jon to make sure that the envelope actually said “Jon Cryer.” It was a great way to break up the monotony that comes with award shows.

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After a wonderful acceptance speech from Tina Fey about winning her Schmemmy last weekend, it was on to “Outstanding Directing In A Comedy Series.” The Office took the award for the episodeStress Relief” and I’m content with that. I understand that this past season of The Office had many weak points. It always seemed that some great episodic storylines were always paired up with weak/unfunny subplots. “Stress Relief” is a perfect example of this. The opening of this episode always makes me laugh, but the great story line of Dwight screwing up got weighted down by that horrible Jack Black/Cloris Leachman illegal movie downloads subplot.

Rob Lowe came out, made some Dr. Vegas quips and then it was on to “Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series.” It was pretty obvious who was going to win. It was either going to be Tony Shalhoub or Alec Baldwin. I had a feeling it might Tony Shalhoub because Monk is ending. Nope, Alec Baldwin won it yet again and it’s completely deserved. He’s great on 30 Rock. Although, I don’t think he should count on winning it next year because I have a feeling Tony Shalhoub will be picking that up as a swan song to Monk.

That was the close of the comedy section until the big award, but they saved that for the end. Up next was reality and I’m not going to be so wordy with these awards. I’ll just make some comments.

(Pg 2 for winners in Reality and Drama)

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  1. I thought NPH did an amzazing job hosting the show! Much better than the 6 host disaster last year! Also I enjoyed the Dr. Horrible bit, but I don’t know much about it. I’ve seen a DVD of it at the CD store near my house, but I’ve never watched it and don’t know what it is. Is it online? Was it a TV show? I don’t even know, but whatever it was last night it was good! Also I agree that the whole stage was awesome last night with the control room and the orchestra right there on the stage! Only thing was when NPH was standing at his little podium while people accepted awards and announced nominees seemed a little awkward. It wasn’t his fault, I guess he was just doing what they told him to do, but sometimes it looked awkward. The only thing about the awards that upset me was that Saturday Night Live didn’t really win anything. I really wanted “Mother Lover” to win and I wanted Kristen Wiig or Amy Poehler to win too. Also I wanted them to win for writing. I was happy that Justin Timberlake and Tina Fey won awards for their guest appearances on SNL. Justin is always great whenever he hosts or has a cameo, and hopefully they can get him to host again this season. Tina Fey was great as Sarah Palin this year as well. By the way the season premiere of Saturday Night Live is this Saturday! I’m excited. Also I wanted Family Guy to win an Emmy, but I knew there was no chance of them beating 30 Rock. Overall though I loved the ceremony last night. They should get NPH to host every year because even people who came up to accept awards mentioned how good he was.

  2. I’m glad Jon Cryer won and not Tracy Morgan. I honestly have no idea why people think that he’s funny or that 30 Rock is funny. Two and a Half Men is, IMHO, the funniest non-animated sitcom on television. That award was well deserved by Jon and giving it to anyone else would have been a sham.

    No, I didn’t watch the award. There was a great football game on instead. GO GIANTS!! WOO HOO!!

  3. Very glad Glenn Close won again .
    And just for the record,
    it was a good night for actresses from 24.
    Shohreh aghdashloo played Dina Araz in Season Four .
    She played a wife and mother who was part of a terrorist cell who was both loyal to her family and dedicated to her cause.
    I have been following her career ever since .
    Nice to see her win that award.

  4. @ Andy S

    Congrats, you just revealed that you are 65.

  5. I’m glad 30 Rock got so much recognition. I really wish Hugh Laurie would finally win an Emmy though!

  6. @ Kofi


    @ Andy S

    I thought that Jon Cryer gave a very funny speech, but that Two and a Half Men is more “aw shucks” type of humor and there’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s a time and place for “aw shucks” type of humor and with the invention of color television… it’s been on the decline.

  7. I didn’t see it (what with living in Britain an all), but I just caught NPH’s opening number online and… well I wish I’d saw it.

    I also saw Dr Horrible’s invasion of the Emmy’s this morning which was funny.

    Overall, the buzz I’m hearing is that it wasn’t only better than previous years, but was a huge return to form for the Emmys, And it’s all thanks to Neil (that guy shares my name :D).

  8. @Anthony…

    Well I guess the fact that Two and a Half Men is consistently one of the highest rated, if not THE highest rated comedy every week, shows that alot of people still like the “aw shucks” humor. Maybe if the networks concentrated on those types of comedies, instead of vulgar comedies, they wouldn’t be in the trouble they are. TAAHM is well written, well acted and just plain FUNNY.


    Nope not 65 and I am not gay…thus the football game over an awards show that I didn’t even know was on. :P

  9. @Andy

    High ratings don’t mean a hell of a lot in a world of badly made reality TV being big hits. We’re all entitled to our opinions and Two and a Half Men isn’t the worst TV in the world, but personally, I find it to be unwatchable and in a world where there is much better written comedy TV out there, Big Bang Theory and How I met your Mother being two examples, (new seasons starting tonight ;) ) I’ve not once found a reason to watch it other than a few times out of pure curiosity.

  10. Joshi,

    That is why it’s good that there is diversity. Personally, I find Big Bang Theory an awful boring show the few times I watched it. I’d much rather watch Family Guy or The Simpsons than ANY live sitcom, Two and a Half Men included. Actually, I’d even rather watch reruns of Friends or Seinfeld than most of the new, so-called “comedies.”

  11. I know most people can take or leave Big Bang Theory, the only people who tend to find humour in it are geeks (like me) or people who think Kaley Cuoco is hot (like me).

    I really would recommend watching How I Met you Mother though (from the beginning, tonight’s show would be the first episode of season 5 and while it’s not horribly important to start from the beginning, it does make for a more enjoyable experience throughout). It’s somewhat like Friends in a lot of ways.

  12. Nah, I’m gonna watch Heroes instead. :D

  13. Bryan Cranston with the win in Breaking Bad is awesome

  14. Hey I have a question to anyone who can answer, is “Castle” any good?

    I always thought I’d enjoy anything with Nathan Fillion in it, but for some reason couldn’t even finish watching the first episode and never caught any others… although in fairness, I wasn’t putting in a lot of effort, doing other stuff while watching it and all.

    I was just wondering if anyone here watched it and whether it was any good.

  15. Cant’ be better than Dexter doing a song and dance number… :-P

    LOL, just kidding, seriously though, didn’t get to see the Emmys, was working, as usual…

  16. And now I’m going to work through House’s premier!! Whiskey Tango Fox?!?!?!?

  17. I thought Neil (*ahem* NPH) was fantastic as host last night. It’s been a while since I’ve genuinely laughed instead of eye-rolled at Emmy show jokes, and I think it’s largely due to Neil’s wit, timing and charm. He was wonderful, so funny and entertaining. (And to borrow from How I Met Your Mother, he looked damn good ‘suited up’! *GRIN*)

    I also loved the Dr. Horrible ‘interruption’ in the middle of the show. Neil and Nathan were hilarious.

    Pardon me while I get up on my soap box for a moment, regarding Neil Patrick Harris.

    He was ROBBED, I say, ROBBED of winning an Emmy! Don’t get me wrong… as a fan of Jon Cryer from his Pretty in Pink days, it was cool to see “Ducky” win an award. However, what he won it for? Two and a Half Men? Seriously? Juvenile humor at best. No real depth to that program.

    In contrast, Neil’s performances on How I Met Your Mother this past year were both hilarious and heartbreaking (especially in episode 4×12 “Benefits”) — more Emmy-worthy, in my opinion. I know I’m biased because I’ve been a fan of Neil’s since way back when (the Doogie years, heh), but I really do think he deserved to win. *shakes head* A travesty.

  18. @ Joshi, Andy S & Ken J

    I am attempting to watch all of them. I tried programming my DVR for tonight and it just shrugged, shook its head at me and turned itself off. So many great returning this Monday. I’m going to have to get out a pad and paper to make some nerdy calculations to see how I can enjoy them all.

    @ Joshi

    I’ve attempted to watch Castle multiple times. I was only able to make it to the third episode and gave up half way through that. It’s not Nathan Fillion that makes it unwatchable. He’s playing his “ego” character. It’s much like Captain Hammer. It’s just that everything else isn’t really that interesting. I just couldn’t stick with it.

  19. I’m in the UK, so I obviously won’t be watching the big three tonight (How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory and House… odd combo when you think about it, but they’re the only ones I care about) but I will be watching them all tomorrow morning.

    How, you ask?

    Magic. ;)

    As for Castle… yeah I just wondered because it was picked up for a second season so I kind of thought it must be doing something right, but it really did kind of seem like… well boring.

  20. Regarding the questions and comments about Castle.

    I wouldn’t say Castle is anything particularly standout (yet), but I do like Nathan Fillion, and I think there were later episodes in which the story allowed for him to do something a little more in-depth.

    There’s a particular scene I’m thinking of, where Castle and Beckett stand off with a girl in a laundry room. She’s got a knife, she’s making these little cuts on her leg and bleeding all over the place, and it’s uncertain whether or not she may try to kill herself. At first I was afraid the show would take a stereotypical, melodramatic route, and have Castle try and charm her or something, be all ‘big hero’ and then lord it over Beckett. But that’s not what they ultimately did.

    Instead, he stayed back, in the doorway, while Beckett talked the girl down from the proverbial ledge. In fact, at one point he opened his mouth and closed it immediately; he seemed at a total loss as to what to say or how to handle the situation. So he didn’t — he waited and kept his mouth shut, and Beckett helped the girl and got her to surrender her knife and give herself up to the police for the crimes she’d committed.

    And Nathan played it beautifully; he presented Castle as someone who seemed a bit terrified and out of his element throughout the moment, someone who felt sorry for the girl, and as someone who was finally seeing Beckett in a new light, seeing her for her talents, her skills as a police detective, rather than simply as someone he’d been having fun aggravating and teasing. The look on his face conveyed all of that and was so impressive. I just thought that was a terrific moment, and after that, I became much more interested in his character and in the potential for his character’s evolution throughout the series. I thought it was a smart way to approach the scene, and from that I was willing to give the show my attention. I think the episodes got stronger and more entertaining as they went along, and I really enjoy Castle’s relationship with his daughter. I think that is written and portrayed beautifully.

    I would recommend giving it a chance. You might like it. :)

  21. Sherry,
    you just described one of my favorite scenes from Castle .
    and I Love his relationship with his daughter as well.
    The Season Premiere is tonight after Dancing with The Stars
    and I WILL be watching!

  22. It’s such a memorable moment, isn’t it, Gary? I remember thinking, oh here we go, Castle’s going to butt in and save the girl. Or save Beckett in some way if the girl suddently attacks. Nope! I was totally wrong, and that made me really happy. :D

    I was so glad when the scene became a moment for Beckett instead. It highlighted that she knows what she’s doing, that she’s not some cheesy character for one of Castle’s novels; instead, she’s a strong, smart woman who knows what she’s doing (and he should write her that way). And it highlighted Castle in an interesting way, too. He’s always got a smart-ass quip, he’s always the arrogant charmer, but this was a situation where his brand of humor and charm weren’t going to work. If he had tried, he might have messed things up and gotten the girl or someone else killed. He doesn’t know everything, and it was very cool to see him step back and look like he was actually glad to do so because he knew damn well he didn’t have the proper skills to handle the situation. In fact, he kind of looked shaken by the whole experience. By the time the girl gave in, he looked so relieved (and I loved how he went home and hugged his own daughter, so grateful that she wasn’t in some sort of dangerous mess like the girl in the laundry room). It was fascinating to me. I really liked it a lot. From that moment on, I felt invested in the characters and their partnership. It became more interesting to me. I felt like the writers went with a smart choice rather than going the flashy route. That impressed me.

    I will definitely be watching tonight. Enjoy the show, Gary!

  23. It would have been more memorable if she would have killed herself and they weren’t able to stop her…

    Just saying, lol…

  24. Fair point, Ken J. :D

    And at one moment, I thought that might actually happen in the scene.

    However, I was glad that it didn’t go that way because I appreciated 1) Beckett having a moment of her own (as she is often overshadowed by the Castle charm), and 2) that she was shown as more than competent at her job and fully capable of handling things with or without Castle. Too many shows allow the female role to be diminished to a pathetic ‘needs a guy to save her all the time’ position, so I appreciate it when a show will offer a stronger alternative. I like that there are more and more shows out there these days that present a kick-ass female lead.

    Though I do appreciate that Castle charm as well. ;)

  25. I think he did well. Made it an enjoyable event.