Recap: The 2011 Emmy’s

Jane Lynch got the show rolling with a video of her walking through dozens of TV show sets while singing a show-tune. Stopping at sets of The Big Bang Theory, Friday Night Lights, and her very own Glee, she sang about the greatness of television. While I enjoyed the video, her time as Emmy host was limited to a quip here and there. I was looking forward to Lynch guiding the telecast through its 3-hour length, but instead forgot halfway through that there was even a host.

Leading off with the Comedy genre, Lynch joked after a commercial break, “Welcome back to the ‘Modern Family’ awards!” because the acclaimed ABC comedy program won the first four awards of the evening: writing, directing, and both supporting acting categories. While it was fun seeing the Dunphy’s winning awards back-to-back, I was growing tiresome at Modern Family’s inferior second season receiving as much attention as its first (and also how there are better comedies on TV that aren’t getting noticed by The Academy, but that’s a different topic entirely). To no surprise, Modern Family snagged the Best Comedy Series award.

The most memorable part of the Comedy segment was when they announced the nominees for Best Lead Actress to a Comedy Series. As each name was read, they ran up to the stage with fake excitement, as if they were being picked as the final group of a pageant out of hundreds of people in the theater. And finally when Melissa McCarthy was announced as the winner, they donned her with a crown and handed her roses along with her trophy. I don’t know who’s idea this was, but it was great!

While the Comedy portion of the ceremony was fun, I was mainly interested in the Drama awards. Just thinking about the number of engaging drama shows that are on the air is breathtaking. Television has grown to be a powerful medium with premium channels like HBO and AMC. The quality of dramas have been increasing every year, to the point where these directors, writers, actors, etc. should even be compared to movies.

For the most part, I was very pleased with the winners. I was ecstatic when my beloved Friday Night Lights won two major awards from the more popular nominated shows. Completing their final season this past year, Friday Night Lights got the awards recognition they deserved with a Best Writing award and the Best Lead Actor award to Kyle Chandler, who beat out a group of excellent actors. The other winners in the category were deserved and predictable, with Martin Scorsese winning Best Director for Boardwalk Empire, Julianna Margulies as Best Lead Actress for The Good Wife, and Mad Men continuing their reign as Best Drama Series.

Since I was more interested in the recipients of the awards instead of the entertainment of the ceremony, I’d say I was very pleased with the Emmy’s this year. But I guess if there wasn’t even a ceremony, instead just an hour-long event where they celebrated the winners only… I wouldn’t be too impartial to that idea. As long as I don’t have to suffer through another Lonely Island performance ever again.


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