Well thank goodness Neil Patrick Harris and John Hodgman were a kick, huh? Because the list of Emmy winners themselves did nothing to shake up the ceremony this year. While the smooth host won praise and the telecast did seem fresher overall — loved the way they broke it into comedy, reality, miniseries/movie, and drama, all the better to clean the kitchen during the miniseries/movie segment — the actual choices were a bit of a yawn. That’s not to say they weren’t absolutely right in most major cases: 30 Rock (cast pictured) and Mad Men are truly worthy of praise, and furthermore, they still don’t get ratings worthy of their greatness. But for the second year in a row, the pair took the top prizes. (It was 30 Rock’s third consecutive best comedy win, putting it in the rare company of Taxi, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family, and Frasier.)
Also repeating from last year: Glenn Close as best actress in a drama for Damages, Bryan Cranston as best actor in a drama for Breaking Bad, Alec Baldwin as best actor in a comedy for 30 Rock, Jeff Probst for best reality host for Survivor. And The Amazing Race and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, again? Both for the seventh time? Even producer Bert Van Munster said, “I don’t know what to say anymore.”
The only big surprises, really, were Kristin Chenoweth for the now-dead Pushing Daisies and Jon Cryer for Two and a Half Men. And I gotta admit: I was kind-of pulling for the 30 Rockers in both those categories. But at least they spiced things up. Particularly Chenoweth, who used her teary acceptance speech to campaign for work: “I’m unemployed now, so I’d like to be on Mad Men.” Especially if it wins again next year.
What did you think, PopWatchers? Do you wish there were more surprise winners, or did the Emmys get it just right?
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