September 20, 2009

2009 primetime emmy awards

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting, and I love every minute of him. This year, the awards will be split into genres. I really like this idea. Each of the three segments is introduced by a montage.

Genre 1: Comedy
I won't go through every award, but here are the highlights. The first presenters are Tina Fey and Jon Hamm, who are introduced by their most obscure IMDB bio entries. Too funny.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
I could not be happier. This show was absolutely amazing, and she very well may have been the best part of it. Such a fantastic role for a fantastic lady. I hope this makes ABC really embarrassed. Her acceptance speech is very emotional and hilarious. She is obviously shocked to win. Yay Kristin!

Fellow nominees:
Amy Poehler as Various Characters, Saturday Night Live
Kristin Wiig as Various Characters, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney, 30 Rock
Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater, Ugly Betty
Elizabeth Perkins as Celia Hodes, Weeds

Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men
I love ya Ducky, but I just don't see the appeal of this show. It's his first win after four nominations, so I guess I'm glad he won one. He gave a really nice speech.

Fellow nominees:
Kevin Dillon as Johnny Drama, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother
Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, The Office
Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock
Jack McBrayer as Kenneth Parcell, 30 Rock

Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: Toni Collette, United States Of Tara
Oddly, the award was presented by Justin Timberlake. Not that I'm complaining. Anyway, I'm so psyched for her. She looks so lovely, and she's such a talent. I have to admit I've never seen the show, but I've hurt great things about her performance.

Fellow nominees:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine, The New Adventures Of Old Christine
Christina Applegate as Samantha Newly, Samantha Who?
Sarah Silverman as Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program (wearing a mustache)
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, 30 Rock
Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin, Weeds

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Alec again. You can't really argue that he's great in this show. And he gave a truly classy speech. I really would have loved to see Jim Parsons up there though

Fellow nominees:
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
Jemaine Clement as Jemaine, Flight Of The Conchords
Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, Monk
Steve Carell as Michael Scott, The Office
Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper, Two And A Half Men

Genre 2: Reality
The "Year in Reality" montage is hilarious and disturbing. But the So You Think You Can Dance/Dancing with the Stars dance performance is super cool.

Host For A Reality Program: Jeff Probst, Survivor
I don't really care about this award because Cat Deeley isn't nominated.

Fellow nominees:
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Top Chef

Reality Competition Program: The Amazing Race
This show wins every year and for good reason. As much as I love Idol, the production is crap. I'd love to see SYTYCD on there next year.

Fellow nominees:
The Amazing Race, CBS
American Idol, FOX
Dancing With The Stars, ABC
Project Runway, Bravo
Top Chef, Bravo

Variety, Music Or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
No surprise here. It just keeps getting more and more popular. And they even managed to stay funny after Bush left office.

Fellow nominees:
The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
Late Show With David Letterman, CBS
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO
Saturday Night Live, NBC

Genre 3: Drama
The montage includes a bunch of crime shows and Lost. Where was the Mad Men?

Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Cherry Jones, 24
I don't watch the show, but I'm fine with this one. She's a great actress, and this her first nomination and win at the Emmys.

Fellow nominees:
Rose Byrne as Ellen Parsons, Damages
Sandra Oh as Dr. Christina Yang, Grey's Anatomy
Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey, Grey's Anatomy
Dianne Wiest as Gina, In Treatment
Hope Davis as Mia, In Treatment

Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Michael Emerson, Lost
Yay! I'm almost as excited about this as I was about Kristin. He seriously dominates the role of Ben on Lost.

Fellow nominees:
William Shatner as Denny Crane, Boston Legal
Christian Clemenson as Jerry Espenson, Boston Legal
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad
William Hurt as Daniel Purcell, Damages
John Slattery as Roger Sterling, Mad Men

Break for "In Memoriam" with Sarah McLachlan singing "I Will Remember You" live (and I'm transported back to high school graduation). This part makes me cry every time. We lost a lot of amazing people this year.

Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Glenn Close, Damages
I actually don't watch many of these shows, but it's quite a prestigious group of ladies. I'm glad to see Elizabeth Moss among them. Glenn Close wins again this year. Fine by me.

Fellow nominees:
Sally Field as Nora Walker, Brothers & Sisters
Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh Johnson, The Closer
Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson, Law & Order: SVU
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Mad Men
Holly Hunter as Grace Hanadarko, Saving Grace

Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Another crazy good group of nominees. And the Emmy goes to Bryan Cranston again this year. I think this is a surprise again. I don't watch the show. But seriously, GIVE HUGH LAURIE AN EMMY. This is getting out of hand.

Fellow nominees:
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, Dexter
Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, House
Gabriel Byrne as Paul, In Treatment
Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Mad Men
Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, The Mentalist

Now it's time for the the big guns...

Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock
Not shocking. I know it's good and everyone loves it. I just really would have liked to see some fresh blood in there. But you have to give credit where credit is due, and they deliver every season. Congrats to HIMYM and FOTC for the nominations. I love that Tina Fey thanked NBC for keeping them on the air even though they're so much more expensive than a talk show.

Fellow nominees:
Entourage, HBO
Family Guy, FOX
Flight Of The Conchords, HBO
How I Met Your Mother, CBS
The Office, NBC
Weeds, Showtime

Outstanding Drama Series: Mad Men
Truly great shows in this list, but I'm really glad Mad Men is bringing it home again this year. There's really nothing else like it on television now - not to take away from great shows like Lost and House. It's just so damn good.

Fellow nominees:
Big Love, HBO
Breaking Bad, AMC
Damages, FX Networks
Dexter, Showtime
House, FOX
Lost, ABC

Thank NPH for a lovely show. It was really fun to watch and actually moved quickly, which is rare. Congrats!


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