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.