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…
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.
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.
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 episode “Stress 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.
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.)
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.)
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.
30 Rock won for “Outstanding Comedy Series” and it’s well deserved. Great show. Everyone knew Family Guy wasn’t going to win. No surprise there.
Final award of the night….
Mad Men won for “Outstanding Drama Series.” I really need to sit down and watch this series.
Overall, it was a great show and felt that all the winners were deserving. It didn’t feel like the Emmy’s; It felt bigger, better… more important. I’d say it felt like the Oscars, but it didn’t. It felt better than that.
I have a feeling that everyone is going to use this years Emmy’s as a bench mark for award shows. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see NPH (Last time. I promise) tapped for the Oscars. If not, he’ll hopefully be back for next year’s Emmy’s.
Enough of me. Let’s hear your thoughts. How did you feel about this years Emmy’s? Am I being a Doogie Howser fanboy? Was he good/bad? Are you happy with everyone who won?
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Supporting Actress – Kristin Chenoweth, “Pushing Daisies,” ABC
Writing – “30 Rock – Reunion”; NBC
Supporting Actor – Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS
Actress – Toni Collette, “United States of Tara,” Showtime
Directing – “The Office – Stress Relief” NBC
Actor – Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock,” NBC
Best Comedy Series – 30 Rock, NBC
Reality Host – Jeff Probst – “Survivor” CBS
Best Reality Competition/Program – The Amazing Race” CBS
Supporting Actress – Shohreh Aghdashloo, “House of Saddam,” HBO
Supporting Actor – Ken Howard
Lead Actor – Brendan Gleeson, “Into the Storm,” HBO
Writing – “Little Dorrit” PBS
Directing – “Little Dorrit – Part 1” PBS
Lead Actress – Jessica Lange, “Grey Gardens,” HBO
TV Movie – “Grey Gardens,” HBO
TV Miniseries – “Little Dorrit” PBS
Directing – “American Idol” (Show 833 – The Final Three) Fox
Writing – “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” Comedy Central
Original Music & Lyrics – “81st Annual Academy Awards” – Song Title: Hugh Jackman Opening Number ABC
Best Variety Series – “The Colbert Report” Comedy Central
Supporting Actor – Michael Emerson, “Lost,” ABC
Supporting Actress – Cherry Jones, “24,” Fox
Directing – “ER” – “And In The End” NBC
Writing – “Mad Men” – “Meditations In An Emergency” AMC
Actress – Glenn Close, “Damages,” FX
Actor – Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad,” AMC
Best Drama Series – “Mad Men,” AMC