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62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Recap & Winners

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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)

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62nd Primetime Emmy Award Winners

COMEDY

OUTSTANDING COMEDY Modern Family

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDYJim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDYEdie Falco (Nurse Jackie)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDYEric 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)

DRAMA

OUTSTANDING DRAMA Mad Men

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

TV MOVIE Temple Grandin (HBO)

MINISERIESThe 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 Top Chef

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