On Sunday, NBC aired the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards live from Los Angeles with host Jimmy Fallon. Here are the hits and misses from the telecast:
Shining bright on Emmy night
– Jane Lynch’s shout out to the South Side. Glee’s Jane Lynch won Best Actress in a Comedy Series honors for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester in the wildly popular Fox series, and gave props to her hometown, particularly the South Side. Another South Sider (Jennifer Hudson) won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls in 2007. We don’t only win World Series and Stanley Cups (well, one of each), but we win awards as well! (okay, the Stanley Cup was a citywide thing…) I raise my megaphone to you, Ms. Lynch. Also: Jim Parsons’ well-deserved win for Outstanding Actor In A Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory made up for the snub the series received in the Outstanding Comedy Series category.
– Jimmy Fallon. Believe it or not, Jimmy Fallon rocked as Emmy host – from his Diana Ross-like changing costumes in seconds to the Glee-like opening number, his stint made everyone forget that awful hosting stunt a few years ago with five reality/game show TV show hosts.
– Modern Family wins for Outstanding Comedy Series. The modern take on the family comedy received an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series in its freshman year – the first for an ABC show since The Wonder Years in 1988 – also in its first season.
Dimming the lights
– In Memoriam. Hey, Emmy folks… you forgot one person in your tribute – like David Mills, who was a writer on The Wire and Treme. But you probably didn’t know since those shows were NEVER NOMINATED.
– Billy Bush on the Red Carpet. Maybe former Miss USA Rachel Smith from On The Red Carpet should’ve hosted instead? Oh that’s right, she would’ve fell down.
– A car ad featuring the cast of Community. Selling out never felt so good – so 1967, when The Beverly Hillbillies cast were regularly whoring Corn Flakes. Hey Jim Parsons, watch out – you could get run over! But the worst? The DirectTV ad with the creepy Russian guy. I don’t want him near any kids – or giraffes.
– Mad Men won again for Outstanding Drama Series while Top Chef stunned Amazing Race fans by breaking the reality series’ seven-year winning streak for Outstanding Reality/Competition Series. To see the complete list of winners, click here.
– The Emmy Awards drew a 4.2 adult 18-49 rating and 13.5 million viewers, about the same as last September’s awards show on CBS.
– For the first time in more than 25 years, the Emmys were shown live in all time zones, from coast-to-coast. Jimmy Fallon was even reading live tweets about the Emmys on the air.
– Two ads promoting the final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show aired during the Emmys. Unless you were an NBC affiliate who carries her show, you as a NBC affiliate or O&O GM and/or station manager were probably pissed off about a top-rated program on a competing station being promoted on your air.