Emmy Still Loves Modern Family (and Jon Stewart)
September 24, 2012

It seems like when I don't write about sports in this space, the topic is usually awards shows. ABC broadcast the 64th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards last night with Jimmy Kimmel as host. So yes, I watched.

Using a tennis analogy here, as far as awards shows go, if the Oscars are Wimbledon, the Emmys are the U.S. Open—still a lot of attention, but maybe not quite as much prestige. Last night's show was done in three hours, and while it was fairly entertaining, I don't think there much about it that is being talked about in the workplace today. The most outrageous (for lack of a better word) comment came during Kimmel's monologue. He asked how many in the room would vote for Mitt Romney. After a smattering of applause, Kimmel said “40 Republicans and the rest godless, liberal homosexuals.” His opening joke was about Philo T. Farnsworth, who invented the concept of television as a boy farming in Idaho. Kimmel then added, “and now thanks to Philo T. Farnworth, we have Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Nice job, dumbass.”

A couple of other Kimmel moments of note. After the drama genre was introduced and the clips of the shows were played, Kimmel quipped, “I gotta get out less.” During the drama awards, he decided to play a prank on everyone who wasn't watching the show. He asked everyone to either post on Facebook or Twitter, that something was going heywire, and everyone should turn to ABC immediately. He even had a “volunteer” (Tracy Morgan) lay down on stage during a presentation, to make it look like he was hurt. The bit got some laughs and even unnerved the presenters (Morgan may have been doing something off camera).

As for the awards themselves, Emmy voters still love Modern Family. It won for Best Comedy and Best Directing, Julie Bowen was Best Supporting Actress, and Eric Stonestreet got the statuette for Best Supporting Actor. Since that show has no lead actors or actresses, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Best Actress for Veep, and Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) beat out Jim Parsons ( The Big Bang Theory) and Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) for Best Actor. Louis-Dreyfus had the best speech, doing a bit as if she was reading Amy Poehler's by accident. Poehler even played along, with shots of her, fumbling around to see if she had the wrong speech as well.

In the other genres, The Amazing Race won for Best Competition Show in the reality category. Tom Bergeron (Dancing With The Stars) beat out Betty White (Off Their Rockers) for Best Host. Game Changer, the HBO movie about Sarah Palin, cleaned up in the Miniseries genre, including Julianne Moore for Best Actress, and for the tenth straight year, Jon Stewart's The Daily Show won for Best Variety series.

For the first time ever, no network show was nominated for Best Drama. That went to Showtime's Homeland. Damian Lewis and Claire Danes also won for Best Actor and Actress. Since I don't watch any of those programs, I don't know if it is a surprise or not, but the only award for Downton Abbey was Maggie Smith for Best Supporting Actress. Smith wasn't there.

If you didn't watch, you missed the best introduction of the accountants EVER. While every show always introduces the folks from Ernst and Young, this year it was done as a sketch from The Big Bang Theory. Penny, Leonard, and Sheldon were watching the Emmys, with Sheldon being a big fan of the accountants. He pointed out each one of them and made comments about great they were as an introduction, while the accountants took the stage live. Best ever.

If you were watching and wishing for a little more edge, Ricky Gervais was a presenter. The first words he said were “so much better than the Golden Globes, isn't it?” The British comedian also adding, “They've flown me over here for the big one. This is Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special.” The big surprise of the evening was not a winner, but a presenter. Michael J. Fox presented the final award of the night (Modern Family for Best Comedy Series) and got a standing ovation. The final speech of the night was cut off. Steve Levitan was thanking everyone he knew, and kept talking even when the orchestra started playing. They then cut his mic, Kimmel said good night and that was it. If you like awards shows, you were entertained. If you missed it, no big whoop.

I missed the VMAs this year: If you want outrageous, the awards show to watch is the MTV Video Music Awards. Most of the time I don't know who the musicians are anymore. The drama category at the Emmys is starting to get like that for me. I missed the VMAs this year, which were a couple of weeks ago, but I guess the big story there is that Chris Brown and Rhianna might be getting back together. I'm not losing any sleep over missing that bit of news.

A quick sports report: I never really thought a 7-6 college football game could be exciting, but Thursday's BYU-Boise State game was. Boise State won it, returning an interception for a touchdown in the first half. BYU's TD came late, and for some reason, they decided to go for the two point conversion and failed. There were lots of missed field goals and kooky coaching decisions in between... As much as I hated to see it, I watched the San Francisco Giants clinch their division, and the celebration that followed. That happened just hours after Cincinnati clinched their division, by beating the Dodgers... I've never seen this before, but ESPN has added cricket results to it's “BottomLine” ticker. Cricket? I think it was for the World Top 20 or something. I learned something about Cricket, though. I know so little about it I don't even know how to read a score.

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