The Emmys usher in the start of a new season of fall television and are always cause for renewing one’s television resolutions: to watch every single miniseries that was nominated, to finally get through the first couple of painstakingly slow episodes of “Mad Men” and, of course, to judge everyone who doesn’t watch “Modern Family,” since it is evidently the greatest sitcom ever written, ever.
“Modern Family” picked up awards in almost every comedy category. Although the entire adult cast of the show was nominated, it was Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell who won for their supporting roles as Claire and Phil Dunphy. The ensemble comedy also won Best Comedy Writing and Best Comedy of the Year…again. But the biggest surprise among the comedy category winners last night was the crowning of Melissa McCarthy (“Mike and Molly”) for Best Actress.
In a wonderful show of camaraderie, each female nominee rushed the stage and held hands, wishing each other luck in their future projects. McCarthy may have won for her role as Molly, but I can’t help but wonder if her Emmy win may have had something to do with her flawless performance in Bridesmaids (2011). But my real question is, has anyone else has loved her since back when she was on “Gilmore Girls”?
Other Comedy Winners:
Best Comedy – “Modern Family”
Best Actor – Jim Parsons (Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory”)
Outstanding Musical or Variety Show – “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
Best Writing, Musical or Variety Show – “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
The success of “Friday Night Lights,” the best show about Texas high school football you’ve never watched - me neither, but it’s on my Netflix Watch Instantly queue, I swear! – prompted some confused looks in my living room last night as we watched the awards for drama. Though most were expecting “Game of Thrones” or “Mad Men” to win every category, there’s always something heartwarming when an underrated show manages to pick up major awards in it’s final season.
Best Writing – “Friday Night Lights”
Best Actor - Kyle Chandler (Coach Eric Taylor on “Friday Night Lights”)
Best Supporting Actor – Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones”)
Best Supporting Actress – Margo Martindale (Mags Bennett on “Justified”)
Best Directing – Martin Scorsese (“Boardwalk Empire”)
Best Actress – Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick on “The Good Wife”)
Best Drama – “Mad Men”
Television miniseries are one of the best things ever invented – possibly better than French baguette, or even sliced baguette. You get all the intensity of a movie, except it’s longer and comes free with your cable subscription! According to the Emmys, these are the miniseries that ought to be added to your Netflix queue: “Downton Abbey,” “Mildred Pierce” and “The Kennedys” (the delicious trashiness of which, thanks to a tip from EIC Alex Pearlman, I can sincerely recommend).
Best Supporting Actress – Maggie Smith (Violet on “Downton Abbey”)
Best Supporting Actor – Guy Pearce (Monty Beragon on “Mildred Pierce”)
Best Actress – Kate Winslet (“Mildred Pierce”)
Best Actor – Barry Pepper (Bobby Kennedy on “The Kennedys”)
Best Writing – “Downton Abbey”
Best Miniseries – “Downton Abbey”
Congrats to the Emmy winners, and to Jane Lynch – I will love you forever. If you need me, I’ll be in front of my TV, setting up my DVR for the fall.
Did you agree with this years award choices? How did you feel about Jane Lynch as a host? Tell us in the comments!