Sunday, September 20, 2009
there were some surprises, like Kristin Chenoweth winning Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy and Cherry Jones winning Best Supporting Actress in a drama, but there lots more, yeah, we expected that like Grey Gardens winning.
The In Memorium was tasteful and better than last year in that you could at least see who had passed away, rather than just guessing.
Though I do wish there was a lot more Neil Patrick Harris. He seemed to disappear after the Dr. Horrible bit. Maybe, the Emmys were just taking to heart the axiom to always leave them wanting more, but I wanted more NPH, dagnabit! I also thought the Dr. Horrible bit should have been a little longer.
In short, good show. After the success of his hosting gig on the Tonys and Emmys, dare I hope the Oscars will be making calls to his agent in the morning?
Argues that we're experiencing a golden age of tv drama...
Wow, only two of these shows are on broadcast tv.
And the Emmy goes to Mad Men. I approve. The show received 16 nominations this year. Wow. that's a lot. Matthew Weiner does not sound like an ass, which is nice when you've won as many times as he has. Thanks his management and then thanks the cast/crew to the extent that he tells the teleprompter that he'll wrap up in just a moment. Says that he works as hard as he does for the viewers.
NPH signs out by congratulating the winners, telling the losers to hold their heads high and saying that he hopes to see us on broadcast television next year.
Flight of the Conchord
How I Met Your Mother
30 Rock wins! And, Tina Fey accepts on behalf of the show. She thanks everyone involved with the show. Thanks the folks at NBC for keeping them "on the air even though they are so much more expensive than a talk show." Hah!
And, the interactive award for Best Breakthrough is: Bill when he first meets Sookie (True Blood). Okay, that was weird. They start to announce it. Show a clip and then don't follow up with the name of the winner for like 15 seconds. Odd.
There have been a couple of these technical hiccups throughout the telecast. Otherwise, it's been pretty smooth sailing, even though NPH disappeared for much of the second half of the show. Oh, Neil Patrick Harris, how you make the tv a happier place.
Michael C Hall
And Bryan Cranston won! Wow... to go from Malcolm in the Middle to Breaking Bad. Comedy... Drama... is there nothing this man can't do? And, I didn't recall that he won last year. thanks the network and the competition. And, being glad that Glenn Close is a woman.
Glenn Close - Damages
Sally Field - Brothers and Sisters
Mariska Hargitay - L&O: SVU
Holly Hunter - Saving Grace
Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer
I feel like they had more time for these clips than other awards.
Glenn Close won for Damages. I'm not surprised, though I was hoping Elisabeth Moss would win. Another good speech. Gives props to the writers and the entertainment community.
In the creative emmys, they gave out awards for Outstanding Guest Actress/Actor for a Dramatic series...
Michael J. fox
Won by Ellen Burstyn and Michael J. Fox who presented the next award... Outstanding Direction for a drama series...
The winner was Rod Holcombe for ER. He couldn't be there, so they accepted the award on his behalf.
They also gave out the awards for Outstanding Writing for a Dramatic series:
How dramatic was writing for a dramatic series. Funny bits showing how dramatic or not dramatic it is to be in a room with the same people for 12 hours a day for 7 months.
The winner was a writing duo for Mad Men. Yay... I like that show.
Matthew Weiner is funny. Thanks the cast/crew, the folks at AMC and Lion's Gate for giving him complete creative freedom. Also, gives some advice to aspiring writers. They are the guys at Starbucks.
Man, we lost a ton of great actors/directors/producers this year.
Okay, this was nice with the singer.
LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell are presenting for Outstanding Supporting Actor
And, Michael Emerson from Lost won! Yay... He's fabulous in a spooky, spooky way. And, thank goodness neither of the fellows from Boston Legal won (though fine actors, both. And, whoever is next to his wife was clearly texting.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama series
And, Cherry Jones won for 24! Wait, where's her partner? Oh! She's in play in New York. That's okay. Wait, she didn't thank her partner, Sarah Paulson. I worry.
I like how Tom Hanks pokes fun at himself in just the reaction shots.
Where did NPH go? We miss you!
Outstanding variety, Music or Comedy Program
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
And the winner is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I'm glad he won, cause his show had a great year, but I'd like to hear Colbert's acceptance speech one of these years.
And Stewart gives props to Neil Patrick Harris. Love it.
And then Jon thanks everybody for letting him come up there and then go backstage to watch a football game. Love it!
opening song from Oscars
Flight of the Conchords - Carol Brown
SNL - Motherlover
Hugh Jackman opening number from the Oscars won. Whoah... did not see that one coming.
"This is the first musical number written for a Wolverine." Oh, John Hodgeman.
Wow... TV clearly puts on a good show.
Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kylee Cuoco introducing directing in a vareity, comedy show, etc...
that was a funny montage, but my closed captioning made it impossible to see who the nominees were. But, the winner was...
Bruce Gowers - American Idol
Writing for a vaiety show
I love this part... the funny picture over the names of the nominated writers...
The Colbert Report's writers were filmed in front of Letterman's studios
Jon Stewart's writers were said as if it were a monster car rally
Late Show with David Letterman got Billy Crystal to sing the names of Letterman's writers.
SNL had Brian Williams to say the names
Okay, I feel like there have been better bits in the past.
The Daily Show won. Yay! And the writer who spoke claimed not to have anything to say since George W. Bush left the White House. I'm glad.
Outstanding made for Television Movie
Into the Storm
Prayers for Bobby
The Emmy goes to Grey Gardens. Alright, I thought we would be looking a more wins by Into the Storm, but they were beaten by the HBO cousin, Grey Gardens. The producer kind of sounds like he's hyperventilating.
And there is a 50-50 chance at victory. And the BBC series wins again, as Little Dorrit takes the trophy. If there are only two nominees, they should really consider getting rid of the category.
And, I'm clearly going to have to watch both this and Grey Gardens.
Lead Actress in a Movie or Minis-series
And Jessica Lange wins for Grey Gardens. All of these ladies are kind of awesome, so I can't be sad. And, she tears up while thanking Drew Barrymore. Oh, that's sweet. "And to mothers and daughters."
Okay, another commercial.
I really hope there's another bit with Dr. Horrible. cause that was too short.
Sir Ian McKellan
And Brendan Gleeson wins for Into the Storm. It seems like this category is always won by Brits. And, here is another Brit (or is he Irish?). I'm clearly going to have to see this HBO movie. Awww... the director let Brendan's mom see a cut of the film before she passed away. That was awfully nice. And shout out to Janet McTeer who is pretty awesome. And another nice/tasteful speech.
Patrica Arquette and Jennifer Love Hewitt - oy... poor gals. Not a good bit. Even Patricia knew that.
Too fast and too many names to write the various nominees for Best Writing/Direction in a Movie/Miniseries...
Andrew Davies won for Little Dorrit
He couldn't be there to accept, so let's go on to the next award...
Dearbhla Wash wins for Little Dorrit
Supporting Actress in a movie/miniseries
Marcia Gay Harden
Shoreh Aghdashloo won for House of Sadaam.
Okay, I didn't call this one, but I feel the movie category is so hard to guess. I generally give it to whatever was on HBO, but it seems like every year, every movie is from HBO. And, maybe it was accent, but I her acceptance speech was classy...
Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
And the winner is Ken Howard - I feel like he had a professional writer work on his speech. It was nice, though the laugh lines were a bit soft.
And, Ken Howard had a kidney transplant? Huh... I did not know that. He looks good.
And, happy birthday to Ken's wife.
Can't believe the reality show he's on with Tina and Alec wasn't nominated. Thinks the fix was in.
The nominees are:
Dancing with the Stars
And The Amazing Race wins for the fiftieth year in a row. Seriously, has there been a year in which this category existed that Amazing Race did not win? I know it's only been a category for a short while, but I can't think of when it didn't win. And, the producers are having the same problem. I think it keeps winning because it actually seems different year to year, while the other shows seem exactly the same.
Next year, Dance Your Ass off wins!
Can not wait for that show to come back...
And, another musical interlude by dancers from Dancing with the Stars (I think).
Jon Cryer and Hayden Panitierre are giving the award for Outstanding Host for Reality or Reality Competition
Tom and Padma
The winner is Jeff Probst
Gave props to NPH for how to host the Emmys. I like it.
And he quotes Joseph Cambell... Wow, Probst has some downtime while hosting Survivor
And, he just zipped through that. Just like Hayden and Jon zipped through the names of the nominees. I wonder if 60 minutes in, they're running long.
Rob Lowe bragging about Dr. Vegas. Chose that over Grey's Anatomy. Go to him for career advice. That was funny.
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Steve Carell - The Office
Jemaine Clement - Flight of the Conchords
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Tony Shaloub - Monk
Charlie Sheen - Two and a Half Men
Alec Baldwin wins for 30 Rock. You know, I knew it was coming, but I was still hoping for Jim Parsons.
Alec Baldwin would change the Emmy to look like Rob Lowe.
Wondering if he's going to mention his daughter?
Thanks Tina and the cast/crew, along with Lorne Michaels who he calls the greatest boss who always believed in him.
And, he did not mention his daughter. Well, that kind of sucks.
Family Guy bit...
It looks like they're using the bit when Stewie was Brian's loan-shark, except Where's my Emmy instead of Where's my Money?
Gossip Girls Blake Lively and Leighton Meester recapping some of the Creative Awards Emmys.
Tina Fey won for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (SNL)
Justin Timberlake won for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (SNL)
Both thanked Lorne Michaels, though Tina Fey did her thanking comedically.
Best director in a comedy series - asked what the funniest thing about being an emmy nominee was.
The winner was...
Jeffrey Blitz - The Office (and Blake can't say his name)
Justin Timberlake is giving the award for:
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Gave applause line for Bea Arthur and had to wait for the applause. Oh, Emmy audience. You make me sad.
Christina Applegate - Samantha Who
Toni Collete - United States of Tara
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Mary Louise Parker - Weeds
Sarah Silverman - The Sarah Silverman Program
The Emmy Goes to... Toni Collette for the United States of Tara.
Okay, I'm a little bit surprised. I've only seen one
Insanely confronting? What does that mean?
Acknowledging fellow nominees... I think she's the first one to do that tonight. Huh... Classy acceptance speech. Very thankful, but it's an award show, so it's to be expected.
Also, awesome accent.
Jon Cryer - 2 and a 1/2 Men
Kevin Dillon - Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris - How I Met Your Mother
Jack McBrayer - 30 Rock
Tracey Morgan - 30 Rock
Rainn Wilson - The Office
The Emmy goes to... Jon Cryer - 2 and a half Men.
Kevin Dillon did not look happy.
Exploring the Vast Wasteland is not happy.
Though, I really liked Jon Cryer's acceptance speech.
The rest of the cast of How I Met Your Mother is presenting Best Writing in a Comedy series...
Four nods for episodes of 30 Rock
1 nod for episodes of Flight of the Conchords
And those are the nominees for the category...
And the Emmy goes to:
Matt Hubbard - 30 Rock - Reunion
I really thought there was a chance that Flight of the Conchords would win due to 30 Rock splitting the vote four ways. But I like 30 Rock, so I can't be sad at the outcome.
And, he gave a nice acceptance speech.
TV's Biggest fan... is put behind two Harlem Globetrotters. NPH promises better seats. Meh... And NPH agrees.
The finalists are:
Gossip Girl - Chuck says I love you to Blair
True Blood - Bill meets Sookie
American Idol - Kris Allen wins
These seem to be moments, rather than breakthrough performances, but I won't quibble.
Supporting Actress in a Comedy...
And something wacky is happening with the glasses... And Vanessa Williams is not playing along with the glasses.
Yay!! Kristin Chenoweth won!! Did not call that one!
Actually, I wanted her to win, but I just assumed that she wouldn't. I mean, her show was cancelled.
Blaming Amy Poehler for the glasses.
Putting herself out for a new job.
Okay, she has to stop crying.
And she thanked NPH. Mad props to that. Boy is she short. She barely comes up to Tina's shoulder.
Ahhh... it was written by the guys who did Neil Patrick Harris' final song on the Tonys earlier this year. Also, the guys who did Hairspray. Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
Neil Patrick Harris is now going off on the lack of theme songs. Which... true.
Also, got in a Kanye dig. But, a good one.
So apparently, they're splitting up the show by genre instead of a mix-mash by category...
First genre... Comedy!
Yes, I am expecting good things from this Awards Ceremony. And, my picks are below... Note: These are just the main categories. I'll probably get to the slightly less main categories within the live-blog itself. And, this seems to be a particularly strong year in that there were few categories where there were clear-cut winners. And, in several categories, I basically had to flip a coin. Though I will say that sometimes I went with my heart and not my head (see: Jim Parsons for Big Bang Theory over Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock).
I am not at all sure what happened to the formatting, but I refuse to delve into html hell while I'm recovering from a migraine. It's still readable, so that's good enough for me.
Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All • Song Title: Much Worse Things •
How I Met Your Mother • Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson
Saturday Night Live • Kristen Wiig as Various Characters
I really wanted to choose Kristen Chenoweth for Pushing Daisies, but it was on so
infrequently through the latter portion of the season, that I just don't think the
votes are there. But, get Ms. Chenoweth on tv or back on the Broadway stage
Yeah, this was another flipping the coin thing. Michael Emerson was fabulous as
Ben in Lost, but John Slattery steals every scene he's in. So, expecting Mad Men
to come home with several trophies, I'm giving it to Mr. Slattery.
Mad Men • John Slattery as Roger Sterling
Another go with the heart or head thing. I
when she was in The Heiress. But, since that really has nothing to do with her performance
on 24 (though, she had the chops), I'll go with my head and choose Chandra Wilson on Grey's
because Emmy likes her and let's face it, she was one of the only things worth watching
on the ABC drama this season.
Grey's Anatomy • Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey
I really, really want Jim Parsons to win. Talk about a breakout character. He's fabulous. But, he's a first-time nominee against the powerhouse that is Alec Baldwin. So, while Mr. Baldwin will probably win, I'm still choosing Jim Parsons, because The Big Bang Theory should win something, dagnabit!
The Big Bang Theory • Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Mad Men • Jon Hamm as Don Draper
30 Rock • Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
Damages • Glenn Close as Patty Hewes
The Amazing Race • Phil Keoghan, Host
The Amazing Race • CBS
How I Met Your Mother • CBS
30 Rock • NBC
Mad Men •
This is like choosing between two children (or which one of my nieces and nephews is my favorite). I just can't. So, instead, I say that the 11P-12A hour on Comedy Central will win. Thank you.
The Colbert Report • Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central
Please note: the photo is from http://cdn.emmys.tv/awards/primetimeawards.php
If you haven't seen Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along blog, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion and written/directed by Joss Whedon during last year's writer's strike, you have missed a pop culture touchstone. Also, if you missed NPH hosting this year's Tony Awards, you also missed something grand. Basically, if Mr. Harris is going to be singing a little ditty, you owe it to yourself to watch. His song recapping the Emmys (written by the talented team who gave us Hairspray - Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman) made up for a rather lackluster telecast (not NPH's fault - he just wasn't on screen enough).
While I don't think the Primetime Emmys are in danger of being relegated to the interwebs, like their Daytime counterparts, and it's not like it has to be that spectacular a show to improve upon last year's travesty (hosted by reality tv hosts), I do have high hopes that we're going to see something special tonight.
As I've done once or twice in the past, I will attempt to Live-Blog the ceremonies, but I warn you, it's up against the Giants-Cowboys, so my attention may be split.
Below, please find a list of the (major) nominees for your edification. Please note that major is just what Entertainment Weekly and every other site that created an easily cut/pasteable list of the Emmy nominees, but they didn't include the writing/directing awards, even though the portion of the awards when they announce the nominees for best writing of a variety, music or comedy program is among my favorite of the awards.
BEST COMEDY SERIES
Flight of the Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Rainn Wilson, The Office
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alan Alda, 30 Rock
Beau Bridges, Desperate Housewives
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Steve Martin, 30 Rock
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jennifer Aniston, 30 Rock
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Gena Rowlands, Monk
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock
Betty White, My Name Is Earl
BEST DRAMA SERIES
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Glenn Close, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal
Michael Emerson, Lost
William Hurt, Damages
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Rose Byrne, Damages
Hope Davis, In Treatment
Cherry Jones, 24
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy
GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Edward Asner, CSI: NY
Ted Danson, Damages
Ernest Borgnine, ER
Michael J. Fox, Rescue Me
Jimmy Smits, Dexter
GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Brenda Blethyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Carol Burnett, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Ellen Burstyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Sharon Lawrence, Grey’s Anatomy
CCH Pounder, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Padma Lakshmi (Host) and Tom Colicchio (Co-Host), Top Chef
Jeff Probst, Survivor
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List
VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY
VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SPECIAL
Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush
Ricky Gervais: Out of England
Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch
The Kennedy Center Honors
Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger
MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Into The Storm
Prayers For Bobby
ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
Kenneth Branagh, Wallander: One Step Behind
Kevin Kline, Cyrano de Bergerac (Great Performances)
Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
Sir Ian McKellen, King Lear (Great Performances)
Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Redemption
ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
Shirley MacLaine, Coco Chanel
Sigourney Weaver, Prayers For Bobby
Chandra Wilson, Accidental Friendship
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Len Cariou, Into the Storm
Tom Courtenay, Little Dorrit
Ken Howard, Grey Gardens
Bob Newhart, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice
Andy Serkis, Little Dorrit
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Shohreh Aghdashloo, House Of Saddam
Marcia Gay Harden, The Courageous Heart Of Irena Sendler (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation)
Janet McTeer, Into The Storm
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Grey Gardens
Cicely Tyson, Relative Stranger