Neil Patrick Harris Returns Emmys To Glory

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:55 pm,

Love Jeff Probst and I’m glad he won for Survivor. He’s one of the original “OG” (gangster talk, like that?) reality hosts and I’m glad he’s still getting the recognition. Although, I would have been equally as happy if Tom Bergeron won. Not because I like Dancing With The Stars, but because I really think Tom Bergeron is a class act all around. Glad Seacrest got the snub.

Amazing Race won. Amazing Race always wins. Nothing new. Still haven’t watched a full season. Another award doesn’t entice me to, either.

Up next were the TV/Mini-series awards. House of Saddam won. Didn’t see it. Almost did, twice, but then I didn’t. I don’t know why. Haven’t really watched any of these nominated. Tried watching The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, but it was really bad compared to the other Librarian movies. Still, I love Bob Newhart and he should win because he’s Bob Newhart. (Could you think of a better reason? Yeah, thought so.)

Blah, blah, blah… Some more awards for mini-series/TV movies that I’ve never heard about lets me know how left out other people feel when I talk nerdy about movies and what not around them. I would say that I’m going to go back and check them out, but that would be a lie and I’d only be saying it impress you. That being said, I’m going to go back and check out some of these mini-series. (Well? Did it Work?)

As always, the accountants come up to tell us how they count votes. (I always assumed with their fingers, until they reach 10 and then they have to put a mark somewhere to remember.)

And then…

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Dr. Horrible! Dr. Horrible took over the accountants talking about boring things.

Oh, that was amazing. I just love Dr. Horrible and as we’ve heard previously, Dr. Horrible was going to make an appearance. It was everything I could have hoped for with Nathan Fillion is his full Captain Hammer glory. I have to say that I believe his acting in his whole “Captain Hammer” manner was much better than in the original musical. I don’t know what it was, but he just seemed better. I can’t wait for the next installment.

Some more awards for things I’m too ignorant to know of (See below for a full list of winners.) and then on to the Variety Awards. American Idol won directing… also had the least funny nomination video.

The Daily Show won best writing, but Conan had the best video with ignoring Facebook requests. The Academy Awards won for the opening number with Hugh Jackman. I thought it was alright. It was around the same quality as the song that NPH (See, still sticking with it) did to open the show. Although, their speech was pretty great. The Daily Show won the big award for best variety series.

Finally, the awards for Drama. Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) won for Lost. I like his character, but I would have been completely behind it if Jeremy Davies (Daniel Faraday) was nominated/would have won. Love that character. (Almost cried when he died.) (Spoiler!) (Oops.) (Too Late.)

Cherry Jones won for 24. Still haven’t really watched that show. Tried to get into season one, but it just didn’t work for me. Same thing with Mad Men. That’s probably why I don’t have so many quips for these awards. I didn’t watch The Sopranos until the entire series was over, but when I started, I watched the entire series in one week. (I was sick. Not lazy. Well, a little lazy.)

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ER won for the finale and beat out the BSG (Battlestar Galactica) finale. Don’t know how I feel about that. Although, I do love John Stamos.

Mad Men won for writing. It’s not a surprise considering they, like 30 Rock, were nominated for 4 out of the 5 spots.

Glenn Close won for Damages. I can’t say anything bad about that. I love Glenn Close and I love Damages. Although, ever since The West Wing, I’ve always liked Elisabeth Moss and even though I’ve never seen Mad Men, I assume she’s great in it.

Bryan Cranston finished out the Drama category by winning for Breaking Bad. I’ve followed Breaking Bad from the beginning and was really disappointed by the second season finale. Also, I don’t believe Bryan Cranston is the best actor in the show. Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse Pinkman, does a great job and helps keep my attention when other things are slow. He got nominated for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” this year – here’s hoping he actually wins it next year.

It was time to wrap up the night with the big awards. The best of the best. Or… the best of the shows listed.

(Pg. 3 for the top winners and the complete list of winners)

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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. Couldn’t see any links to the spot so found this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4ys5sM3TLM

    The Dr. Horrible interruption segue in the Emmys. Loved it.

    Sorry if the links not allowed btw. :)

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. @ Andy S

    Congrats, you just revealed that you are 65.

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

  7. @ Kofi

    Haha…

    @ 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.

  8. 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).

  9. @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.

    @Kofi…

    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

  10. @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.

  11. 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.”

  12. 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.

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

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

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

  18. 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.

  19. @ 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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. :)

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

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

    Just saying, lol…

  25. 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. ;)

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