The 2012 Emmy Awards: Three Hours of Excitement Haha Nope (PHOTO RECAP)

The Primetime Emmy Awards: "Year 64"

Because so much television exists these days—programs, networks, platforms—the only real way to cope is to ignore a vast swath of it. Seriously, who even has the time to stay on top of even the popular shows, let alone the ones that are actually GOOD? Not gonna lie, one of the main reasons I love TV so much is that I am an expert at ignoring things I don't like. I'm not even mad about bad TV because it's not on my radar at all. That's why the Emmys are so maddening: It's the one night a year when all the terrible things I've been ignoring are suddenly thrown in my face like an upside-down Frisbee full of old baloney. HEY, I DIDN'T ASK FOR THAT.

So yeah, that's a long way of saying that in the world of the Emmys it isn't all just Louie and Community and all the other things snobs like me enjoy. No, now I have to watch montages in which Chuck Lorre sitcoms appear alongside Parks and Recreation as though they are equals. And worse, something as safe and boring as Modern Family snatches up every Emmy like the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Anyway, Jimmy Kimmel did a great job hosting—this Emmys was certainly better than last year's grim spectacle—and he was personally responsible for MOST of the evening's highlights, especially for the final and best moment of the night. So in the interest of full disclosure, let's go over what worked and what didn't about this year's 13-hour-long broadcast!

The show began with a fun sketch involving the backstage ladies' room in which a truly impressive array of TV actresses practiced their "I won" faces (Mindy Kaling's 'M' gang sign was my favorite). In addition to the above ladies, a pixelated and pixie-cutted Lena Dunham was eating cake in the nude the next stall over. And that's when Jimmy Kimmel ran in sobbing over some bad plastic surgery he'd gotten.

I mean, that's pretty hilarious right there. And it probably hit VERY close to home for at least half of the audience? So anyway, the ladies ended up punching his face back to the way it was, including latecomer Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a gaggle of former hosts, and Ellen DeGeneres, who gave Kimmel her pants. Just a weird sketch, but fun and surprising the whole way. So far so good, Jimmy Kimmel!

Then the ceremony began and it started to slowly sink in that we had about three hours of boring awards show ahead of us.

Kimmel's monologue was okay. He pretty quickly started to address politics, which, okay. On the bright side, he DID immediately namecheck Cat Deeley, so I enjoyed that.

As did Cat Deeley. (And seeing as she was totally robbed of an Emmy later on, I'm glad she got at least one moment in the spotlight. I also hope that she got to chit-chat with Vince Gilligan behind her during some of the evening's slower moments.)

Louis C.K. and Amy Poehler are the best. They handed an Emmy to a show that is not the best.

Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet beat out three (!) of his castmates to win Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Don't get me wrong, he's funny and all, but I couldn't help but imagine the elderly Academy voters reasoning, "He plays gay but he's not actually gay. He deserves this." Because let's face it, Jesse Tyler Ferguson is the better performer (Stonestreet admitted as much during his speech). Anyway, my soapbox is too rickety, I'm stepping down now.

Oh this was just efficient: A bank of paparazzi ON STAGE.

One of the stylistic choices made by this broadcast was to show us a split screen of behind-the-scenes situations whenever we came out of a commercial break. It was weirdly voyeuristic and reminded me of that movie Sliver where William Baldwin spies on all his tenants with a grid of video screens. (I just wanted to talk about Sliver, to be honest.)

I laughed when Jimmy Kimmel introduced Zooey Deschanel and Jim Parsons as "two white people." Accurate! In general I really enjoyed all of his deadpan intros. "Our two next presenters are here tonight. Please welcome... " Good stuff.

Speaking of good stuff, Louis C.K. won an award for writing Louie! He even thanked Pamela Adlon for helping him (though I haven't seen her name in the credits yet this season). Louie's omission from the Best Comedy Series category was an outrageous oversight this year, so it was nice that he didn't walk away empty-handed.

The Andy Griffith Show meets Breaking Bad, brought to you by Meth. I guess?

What are you looking at in this picture?

Severe Modern Family straight-man Julie Bowen won another Emmy. Great. She is our generation's Lucille Ball. (We were only like 12 minutes into the broadcast and I was already lying on the floor with no will to live.)

Then there was an ad for the new Lifetime movie where Lindsay Lohan plays Liz Taylor and I would've given ANYTHING to have been recapping that instead of the Emmys. That movie cannot get here fast enough.

Bing it.

Kathy Bates and Jimmy Fallon (who'd won Emmys for guest-star appearances prior to the broadcast) presented the award for Best Direction in a Comedy Series. And in a recurring bit, often the writers and directors were asked to submit a soundbyte they'd filmed themselves either answering a specific question or just making a joke. Let's contrast the best and worst directors' submissions shall we?

The question the directors answered was, "What does it take to be a good director?" Louis C.K.'s was a three-second clip filmed on his cell phone in which he harriedly answered, "I have no idea."

Meanwhile, Modern Family creator Steven Levitan's was a professionally shot sketch involving DUSTIN HOFFMAN, recreating a FAMOUS MOVIE that Levitan did not direct in the first place in which he gives direction to Dustin Hoffman. Get out of here, you A-hole.

And yeah, he won. He literally thanked himself for deciding to direct that particular episode himself. And as you guys know, as the show's producer, he CHOSE this particular episode to be submitted in the directing category. Meaning, he decided that out of the entirety of Season 3 of Modern Family, it was the Steven Levitan-directed episode that he wanted to submit for the Emmys. Very cool.

Even Sofia Vergara was totally doing that look-away laugh like, "Here he goes. What a dick." Sorry, but Steven Levitan was definitely the villain of the night in my opinion.

Then there was a mockumentary behind the scenes of a mockumentary. One of the child stars is apparently a violent, homophobic asshole. Not even Ken Jeong in a ponytail wig made me crack a smile. I'm sure that in a vacuum Modern Family is one of TV's better comedies, but lately all I can see is a half-dozen millionaires gobbling up trophies while phoning in their tired mockumentary series.

I LIKE THESE PEOPLE SO MUCH MORE. Melissa McCarthy's hilarious bit—she'd lustfully describe each of the Best Actor in a Comedy nominees as though they were her lovers—was really, really good. It seemed like Mindy Kaling was on the verge of losing it, too.

Now, let's play a game. Look at the following six people and pick at least one who should NOT win a Best Lead Actor Emmy:

Yup:

To his credit, Jon Cryer seemed just about as baffled as we were outraged. Two and a Half Men is a corpse of a show that was never good in the first place, and don't tell me Jon Cryer has put any effort into this thing in years. Yet, here we were. The Emmys: Perfect and Relevant.

Fortunately, Stephen Colbert. He did a quick joke about the War on Women before admitting that certain women were awful, including at least two out of the seven nominees for Best Actress in a Comedy. This was another stacked category, but a deserving lady DID win. Julia Louis-Dreyfus!

For a second it looked like a spontaneous thing had happened: JLD had dropped her speech notes and co-nominee Amy Poehler ran up to hand it to her...

But then, after calmly giving her Thank Yous, she read a hand-written scrawl thanking Amy Poehler and the camera cut to Poehler holding a pencil. OH THIS WAS A BIT! Which, that meant that multiple Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus EXPECTED to win, and had planned out a whole thing with a fellow nominee she thought would LOSE? WTF? So a whole bit was planned at the expense of dashing the dreams of her six co-nominees. CLASSY. I love Veep, but get out of here, lady.

Dudes love football, so that's why these guys came out to report football scores.

The Amazing Race won it's NINTH Emmy for Best Reality Series. And considering this category has only existed for TEN years, it's slightly maddening. So You Think You Can Dance is TV's finest reality show for real. The Amazing Race hasn't been interesting since Charla and Mirna. Sorry Jerry Bruckheimer. Go swimming in your doubloon tower and let someone else win this thing.

Then it was time for a sketch in which the cast of The Big Bang Theory discussed the technical Emmys. Or something. Sheldon might have mental problems, what do you guys think?

After he hosted SNL I decided maybe Seth MacFarlane wasn't such an unlikable guy after all. Nope! I was wrong, he's unlikable. After coming out and doing this boneheaded gaffe in which he spoke into the wrong microphone (actually, NO microphone), he covered for his error by doing a Stewie voice and then actively denigrating the entire category of Best Reality Show Host. Cool presenting! To make things worse, Cat Deeley did NOT win. Instead this old hack did:

I use the word "hack" carefully here, because Tom Bergeron used part of his acceptance speech to PLUG the next night's premiere of Dancing with the Stars. Perfect.

During our live-tweeting, Tim Surette rightfully pointed out that this "Year in Drama" montage was outrageously spoiler-filled. And it was! Cool, now I know who gets shot on Boardwalk Empire.

Claire Danes presented Best Supporting Actor in a Drama to Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, and his lingering hug with co-nominee Giancarlo Esposito was one of the night's highlights. So heartfelt and cool.

I guess I wasn't aware that Jesse was originally going to be killed off? Apparently! So he thanked Vince Gilligan for not doing that.

Meanwhile, a not-looking-so-great Tracy Morgan was beckoned to the stage where he and Jimmy Kimmel decided to play a "prank" on people NOT watching the Emmys, by forcing Morgan go lie unconscious on the stage while viewers were supposed to Tweet/Facebook/GoogleBuzz/Friendster that Morgan had passed out on stage. I don't know, it was complicated. The best was Claire Danes' reaction to this scheme:

I AGREED WITH CLAIRE DANES.

Anyway, it wasn't even that funny:

It was mostly just confusing. And in a way sort of sad, since Tracy Morgan wouldn't be a risky pick for a celebrity death pool, you know?

Nashville's Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere presented the award for Best Writing, Drama edition, and in a moment that would foreshadow things to come, the winner was Homeland!

Homeland is a pretty thrilling (if stressful) show. Good job, guys.

The Nashville ladies also presented the Emmy to Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, and guess who won?

That's right. Downton Abbey's Dame Maggie Smith, the only one smart enough to not even show up. THAT is how it's done.

Revolution's Giancarlo Esposito (formerly Homicide: Life on the Street's Giancarlo Esposito and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito) introduced two more pre-show Best Guest Star winners, Martha Plimpton and Jeremy Davis.

They presented a Best Directing in a Drama award to some Boardwalk Empire dude who ALSO didn't show up. I liked his style.

The next bit was a fake-out. What seemed like it was going to be the In Memoriam segment (complete with Josh Groban accompaniment) was actually just a montage of different clips of Jimmy Kimmel.


I laughed! Also, Josh Groban was singing "What Makes You Beautiful" and it concluded with Kimmel, on video, singing along with Groban about being beautiful. So weird/good.

The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies apparently had apparently ridden to the Emmys with her head out the window the whole time? Anyway, she presented the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Series to...

Homeland's (but more importantly, Dreamcatcher's) Damian Lewis! He was all handsome and English and whatnot.

Tina Fey and Jon Hamm did a bit where she couldn't read the teleprompter. Knock it off you guys and get a room already! (They probably aren't single, but still.) Oh, it was Lead Actress in a Drama time, which mean that Claire Danes was already wiping crumbs off her dress and combing her hair in anticipation.

Claire Danes won! She deserved it FOR REAL. Homeland would be nothing without her nutzo performance. Danes' speech was REALLY calm, mannered, and articulate (and contained this phrase: "Holla, Mandy Patinkin"). Also she kind of scares me now? Anyway, her husband Hugh Dancy looked THRILLED:

Maybe he will get one when he's on the new Hannibal show? Okay probably not.

What was the deal with Aziz Ansari racing out on stage so far ahead of Jane Levy? Had they just had an argument backstage?

Anyway, he did a bit about being British, and she just looked weary from the entire experience. Didn't matter, it was time to give Louis C.K. another Emmy!

This was for Direction in a Variety Special. Remember that one comedy special that Louis C.K. sold on his website and it was a huge success, and then, as an afterthought, he let FX air it? THAT'S what this was for.

Ricky Gervais came out and did his thing. By "his thing" I mean insult the entire ceremony and its participants while being smugly self-aggrandizing. In this case, the winner for best Direction of a Live Event (or something) went to the dude who was currently directing the EMMYS!

Good job. People thought he did a great job with the Tonys this year, so I guess he deserved it. But then his speech ran SUPER LONG (ironic since he's in charge of playing people offstage), and then he made a joke about playing himself off. Except, you should've done it 40 seconds sooner, dude. Boring stuff.

Jon Stewart (and The Daily Show) won an award for Outstanding Variety Series (again), but it was hilarious when co-nominees Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert wrestled with him in the aisles as he attempted to take the stage. He was even totally winded when he made it up there! See, that's entertainment.

I see you, Kristen Schaal.

The follow-up to that was another surprisingly funny bit in which Jimmy Kimmel (who'd just lost the Emmy to Stewart) pointed out his parents in the audience, and proceeded to have them kicked out for having once promised that HE'D win an Emmy someday. The whole time Tracy Morgan was egging him on "They treated you bad, Jim-Jim." And then after security escorted them out of the building, Morgan asked if his cousins could take their seats. "Pancake! Kool-Aid!" Dang, I was laughing.

Then it was time for the Jessica Lange-getting-awarded-what-was-rightfully-hers part of the evening in which Steve Buscemi awarded Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries to Jessica Lange!

She's great. She even sort of spoke in the same kinds of florid Tennessee Williams-esque declarations like her American Horror Story character used to. That show cannot come back fast enough.

Then quintessential good sport Ellen DeGeneres came back out with the president of the Emmys (or whoever) and they talked about boring Emmys stuff and there was a callback to the opening sketch in which Ellen had given her pants to Jimmy Kimmel. Nice try, girl, but I had been actively blocking this whole ceremony from my memory since it began.

Scandal's Kerry Washington (looking even heftier than Julie Bowen!) awarded the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries to one of the Hatfields & McCoys dudes, Tom Berenger.

He rambled on and on about thanking only certain members of the warring clans? I did not watch that thing, Mr. Berenger, let's keep it above board okay?

Ron Howard spoke touchingly of his experiences with Andy Griffith before introducing a whole array of people who'd passed away this year, including people I'd believed were still alive. Oh well! Sorry guys. Loved your work, though.

Lucy Liu and Kiefer Sutherland were, like, OUT OF CONTROL up there. Just kidding were they androids? I'm not sure, throw water on them and see if they spark.

Oh look, Best Writer for a Miniseries was Jonathan from Buffy! Remember that time he lied to everyone about doing all these amazing things? That was fiction right? Anyway, I didn't know Danny Strong had written Game Change, but he did, and it won, so here we were.

Julianne Moore went on to win for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in Game Change. But if we're being honest, this was just an Emmy from all the residual goodwill she continues to have after this scene in Magnolia:

Perfect.

And in case you forgot we were watching ABC, the stars of Once Upon a Time and Revenge came out to deliver the Emmy for Best Directing in Miniseries or Movie.

Game Change again! Man, this director of the Austin Powers series really got political, didn't he? I mean, yeah, Goldfinger had some very pressing sociopolitical subtexts, but nowhere near as many as Game Change. Anyway, good job, Jay Roach

Then Kevin Costner won Best Actor in a Miniseries for Hatfields & McCoys and he was possibly high out of his mind? At some point he began rambling about how the Emmy reminded him of an Olympian before trailing off. Seemed about right.

At this point I was REALLY flagging. What TIME was it? What DAY? Anyway, ABC's Last Resort's Andre Braugher presented the award for Best Miniseries and he looked about as enthusiastic as I felt.

Game Change again! Sorry, American Horror Story. Looked like the show's gambit to submit itself as a miniseries rather than a drama series didn't really pay off, did it?

Oh, and then Julianne Moore presented the award for Best Drama series to Homeland! Total surprise. I would've preferred Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones over Homeland—and you'd think points would've been deducted for Homeland's terrible opening credits—but I'll allow it. Homeland is GOOD.

America's hero Michael J. Fox came out and presented the award of the night (but only after enduring the world's most condescending standing ovation). And guess which show won for Best Comedy? This guy:

And the music cut Steven Levitan off! And when he tried to keep going, Jimmy Kimmel himself cut him off and cracked a joke to the audience: "What, would you rather stay another hour?" Haha, A+ Jimmy Kimmel. I already thought he was doing a good job, but this sealed the deal. Loved this part. Highlight of the night.

So there you have it, Emmy fans. Another watershed night in television history. How'd you do in your Emmy office pool? Whatever the outcome, I guarantee it was more important to your life than the actual Emmys were. Congratulations!


QUESTIONS:

... Who was your favorite winner of the night?

... Which Emmy win was the biggest outrage?

... How did Jimmy Kimmel do?

... What happens when we die?

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Cat is good host of SYTYCD, but too bad she got robbed! She will win an Emmy by next year!
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I'm so over the Emmys and award shows in general. They're a waste of time. I only watched parts of the emmys cause i got so bored. It's nice that these people get recognition for what they do, but it's not like everyone even gets a chance!



Who are these people deciding who wins?! Clearly people who don't watch everything on tv, or know much about what's actually on! It drives me up the wall that most of the public disagrees with their decisions, clearly they don't understand tv shows as well as the general public that watch it!
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I think it's funny that for a TV site, none of the writers seem to really like anything on tv. I don't just mean the Emmys, I mean anything!! Just because you don't particularly like shows like Modern Family or whatever other ones, doesn't mean anything because look at the ratings. People LOVE these shows.

On a side note, Breaking Bad should've won! Come on people!
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i understand where you're coming from, but give the other shows a chance. I personally like modern family, but to have 4 out of 6 nominees for best supporting actor, how's that fair?
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Homeland winning Best Drama Series is an outrage. Season 4 of Breaking Bad was acclaimed as one of the best TV seasons ever while Homeland merely had a better than expected first season. On this site, Breaking Bad has an 8.9 while Homeland has an 8.7. On imdb, Breaking Bad has a 9.4 user rating and is ranked the 4th best show of all time. Homeland has an 8.6 and is ranked number 100. These two shows clearly aren't even close and the Emmys made a horrible decision. Game of Thrones is also miles better than Homeland.
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I'm sorry, but Breaking Bad should have taken home the big one. It is known.
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Yeah Homeland was good series but I would still pick GOT or Breaking Bad. what happende there, I dunno.
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The best moment of the whole night was really Levitan getting cut off - seriously, you already had your speech tonight, so shut the f*ck up and go get drunk while celebrating your staggering (and not really deserved) good fortune.

That's what I hope for next year Emmys (and for awards shows in general): more cutting uninteresting people off when they keep rambling on and on. We need way less of that in the future.
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Your captions are painful and made me feel awkward for you. Use words, not numbers.
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Aside from being able to call Aaron Paul a two-time Emmy winner, I really just want to pretend that whole ceremony didn't happen.



So, when are the tv.com awards going to become a thing?
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That's not a bad idea!
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Claire Danes is stunning
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my favorite winner of the night was Claire Danes, she is amazingly talented and had the most competent speech of the night! The biggest outrage of the night was the fact that Modern Family won any Emmys and that Sherlock won none. Also the fact that no network television shows were nominated for Best Drama when there are so many good ones (Person of Interest, Revenge, either of these sound familiar?) I'm not usually a fan of Jimmy Kimmel but he actually did a better job than I thought he would and all of the points made above regarding his hosting capabilities are right on. The bit with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon was the best of the night. And speaking of Jon Stewart...it's ok for his show to win an Emmy 9 times in a row but it's not ok for the Amazing Race to do that?
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Actually Jon Stewart's show won that same category 10 times consecutively. Meaning for a whole decade his show dominated that category.
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Price, I had a small stroke when I read a sentence a reference to Jimmy Kimmel and "hilarious" in the same sentence without the word "not" in the middle - right up there with Mitt Romney and "personable".

Awesome screencap of Louis CK looking like a guy feeling like a miserable tool while standing next to a woman who is not unhappy about her own role as such. Kinda surprised you're giving Stonestreet the raspberry though, his portrayal of Cam is a very nuanced, rich character compared to Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Mitchell who isn't quite as much.

The Breaking Bad Show gag was weaksauce.

I'm looking at a pair of sagging... careers. Ha! No, it's funny because Kat Dennings' ample bosom is really not well presented in that dress.

Julie Bowen is fine I guess as a supporting actress, but holy crap she needs a stylist to feed her or cover up those arms and that collar area.

Ok, thank you so much for calling out that horrendous ad for Lohan ruining Liz Taylor's legacy, I couldn't believe how low-rent trashy that looked.

How the hell did we not get to see actors winning guest appearance awards but we had to sit through 3 hours of what they DID show?!? Best Reality Show and Reality Host? Who wants to watch that? It's like sitting through an Olympics medal ceremony where they cut the awardings for track & field to make room for the Special Olympics participation-award ceremony.

Also, Jimmy Fallon won an award for acting? What the HELL?

I thought Levitan was funny in his speech.

New-Lily on Modern Family was way funnier in that mockumentary than she's been on the show, cast did a great job with that. But holy crap, did ABC just buy the whole Emmys lock stock and barrel for this year?

Mindy Kaling needs to punch her stylist in the face for that monstrosity of a dress and that disaster of a belt - and that comment is coming from a straight guy. Melissa McCarthy was funny as hell tho'.

Jon Cryer kept 2.5 Men alive during its dark times bringing new guy Ashton Kutcher into the mix, but yeah, an Emmy was clearly meant for everybody else except him.

Amy Poehler and Julia Louis Dreyfus had a funny bit, and I think it was meant to play no matter which one of them won, I laughed. I think you're being a bit harsh on this, maybe the director picked up on the gag quick and rolled with it, or maybe Poehler told the camera guy what was about to come.

I did not understand the Year in _____ montages, what was with all the non-nominees on an overly-long bloatfest of a show?

Ha, Tracy Morgan was a sport for participating but holy crap he looked awful. I did laugh at it though, mainly for his commital.

I could not decide if Hayden looked amazing in that dress or if it was too much, but she definitely is on the wrong show if she's going to wear clothes like that - T-shirts and jeans ain't got nuthin' on that number.

I love Martha Plimpton, but her winning that emmy was CRAZY - her work on Good Wife has been adequate but not standout homerun material. And then, Dickie Bennett! PS - "Jeremy DAVIES".

Jimmy Kimmel's ego-fest is where I started to slowly leave the Emmys telecast.

Huh, I didn't know he let FX air his comedy special. I paid the $5 and felt good about it, but now everybody's copying him. Glad he got a pointless trophy for it.

I am shocked SHOCKED to hear how incestuous that directing-special emmy was, and how the guy went long. SHOCKED. Ok, not that shocked.

Aw man, it looks like Stewart and the boys had real fun with that bit, I missed it, that sucks.

I saw Kristen Schaal at Disneyland on my birthday last month, she was in line with her guy for coffee at the stand in the plaza by Frontierland. That story was more interesting than the 2012 Emmys.

And then some other stuff happened and Jimmy Kimmel looks like he sucked right up to the end.

When we die if we were good we go to watch TV in heaven and if we're bad we are forced to watch an endless loop of awards shows from the last 30 years.
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Oh gosh, this recap was so hilarious!

Thank God I have control of my sphincters!

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Agreed, reading your recap is a much better use of my time than watching this lovely crapfest. Hilarious!
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Was hoping and expecting that Giancarlo Esposito would win, but I was also genuinely happy for Aaron Paul.



I'm surprised at how few 'big' awards Breaking Bad's fourth season got. It was the best it had ever been.



And to be honest, while I do like Homeland, I was just glad Mad Men did not win again.



Jonathon from Buffy winning an Emmy for writing reminded me of earlier this year when the Dean from Community won an Oscar for writing.
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Look, I get that you were trying to be witty with this recap, but when you almost literally do not have a single positive thing to say about anything until 3/4 of the way through a really long article, it's kinda a turn-off. According to you, no one deserved their Emmy except for the three that Homeland won. Good for you, supporting a very predictable win.
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I must agree that JLD's emmy speech/bit was a bit strange and inconsiderate to her fellow nominees. I have to assume the director's told her she won and planned the bit because I can't see her going up to Amy and saying "so, you have no shot at winning. This bitch it mine. Here's a pencil, go with it." I also found that standing ovation for Michael J Fox incredibly condescending. Yes people, he is capable of walking. He's a grown man.
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read PleahNadia's comment a few comments down
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1. Paul.

2. Cryer.

3. I didn't watch it, so I don't know.

4.A person is (the result of) a complicated interaction between component parts of his/her body and their environment, nothing more. If those interactions change enough, the person doesn't exist anymore.
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1.- Claire Danes



2.- John Cyer



3.- effing Hilarious



4.- we die....
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What happens when we die? I guess some of us go to hell and get punished by watching John Cryer winning best comic actor, Damien Lewis best dramatic actor and Claire Danes best dramatic actress. Oh, wait...
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Thank you for sitting through this. So glad I didn't.
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JL-D would not have decided on the best comedy actress bit, Amy Polor however, spearheaded last years best comedy actress pageant presentation bit, and a few years ago, supporting actress funny glasses bit, so Amy probably called all the girls, or most of them, to say if this happens, we'll do this...Amy probably realized she wasn't going to win, but it was probs not JL-D idea. And it was clearly planned from the begining.
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Honestly, I don't think it's fair to put recurring shows like Sherlock, Luther, and AHS against one-time miniseries like H&M and Game Change. Because Sherlock and Luther are two favorites of mine, the miniseries awards were the ones I was looking forward to the most, and it was a HUGE disappointment. Someone tell me, was Game Change even that good?
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Favorite winner-Aaron Paul. He seemed so genuinely happy to be there. Plus, I love Breaking Bad.

Biggest outrage- Jon Cryer. Seriously?Seriously?

Jimmy Kimmel did a fine job.

You die.

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Favorite winner of the night was Louis C.K. I don't watch his show, but I've heard good things about it, and I loved his little phone video.

Biggest outrage was Duckie winning for comedy actor for TafMen. That's just wrong.

Jimmy Kimmel was really good, but NPH wins every time.

When I die I'll go to heaven. You, Price, may just go to the Emmys that never end. Pray now.
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Favorite Winner: Damian Lewis

Biggest Outrage: Jon Cryer

Kimmel: I didn't watch, so I'm not sure... he's usually kinda funny though.

When We Die: If you were good, you watch your favorite shows for eternity. If you were bad, you watch your most hated shows for eternity. Meh, I wanted to relate it to TV...
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The biggest outrage for me was the Best Lead Actor in Comedy. It was totally like: "Jon Cryer? Jon Cryer?! JON CRYER?!"

I mean, ANYONE of these actors deserved it more!

I can't explain it, it's like a joke or smth. Did they even see ANY of the other actors? I don't think so.

Total mess.
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none for The Big Bang is a surprise.



Julia Louis-Dreyfus for real???!!! disappointed



the whole show seemed like a constant consolation prize distribution.

i honestly feel Julie Bowen should start eating before she starts volatilizing.

kill me for being honest

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Holy crap man, all of your venomous words about Modern Family and blatant Louis C.K fanboying start to backlash on me. Sorry, MF's disastrous season 3 was what happened when the executive starts meddling with insanely popular show. Deal with it.



Fave winner : Homeland. Claire Danes and Damien Lewis

Outrage : Jon Cryer

Kimmel : Better than ever.

Died : Go to heaven
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Jimmy Kimmel is literally the best ever. <3

I cannot believe 2,5 men won awards, LIKE WHAT THE ACTUAL ......................................





and what is up with Modern Family?

That show is so lame.
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the best moment was when he got his folks sent off.



absolutely agree with modern family being lame... honestly!!!
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Aziz Azari not helping that girl in her dress really pissed me off! What a jerk!!!
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1) Louis CK obviously and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, she is awesome in Veep,



2) Jon Cryer winning best actor was ridiculous, also I was happy that Louie won writing but COMMUNITY for god sakes. the episode they submitted was brilliant!! Modern Family wins just pissed me off.



3) Kimmel was okay.



4) we rot, unless we were cremated, then you just burn.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfous IS awesome in Veep.

It was a short but a funny season, can't wait for second one.
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Modern family first season was very funny. I laughed the entire season. Then the second season was great too, but noticed something was about to come. Third season came, and it was a bore-fest! It was just so boring, I would have been more entertained by staring at the ceiling. The entire season was the same, every episode was boring and there was no variety whatsoever.



For this show to win an Emmy (and have so many nominations this year) after a horrendous season, is a disrespect to every other show and all viewers. There were so many other great comedy shows that should have been nominated and won.
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thank you for saying all that. seriously. that was exactly what I was thinking.
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1) Louis CK. And everything else involving Louis CK. The answer "I have no idea" was laugh-out-loud funny :)

2) Jon Cryer

3) He did good. Not NPH but very good.

4) We are reincarnated in a another universe/timeline where Fringe, Community and Louie get what they deserve.
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1) Maggie Smith was my favorite winner because she does good work and we didn't have to deal with a long speech.

2) My biggest outrage in general is that Mad Men didn't win anything.

3) Jimmy did alright.

4) I'm hoping for a "Pushing Daisies" scenario where I know the Pie Maker.
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PUSHING DAISIES LOVE! oh sweet lord I miss that show...
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Oh come on, Price. Remember last year, when Amy Poehler set up a bit for her category? She did it again this year. Amy Poehler was sitting at the front, so she organized it with the other nominees that whoever won would hug her and they would do the bit. They were all in on it, just like last year. Frankly, I find it more depressing that Amy Poehler knew she wasn't going to win so she was the perfect candidate to set up the bit in the first place.
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Well, I'm sure had Poehler won one of the other ladies (prolly Julia) would have been on the other end of that bit.
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True but the fact that she's seated in prime position to do the bit kind of makes it look like that they viewed her odds as unlikely. Unless, of course, the Emmys has a seating plan and Amy didn't choose her own seat, in which case, never mind.
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Game of Thrones had a messy second season, BTW. It was a disjointed, rambling and often dramatically flat year. No way it was in the realm of recent seasons of Homeland, Mad Men and Breaking Bad
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Its rating wasn't as high as shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Homeland. Besides, I'm talking about the season as a whole, not just the first four or five episodes they saw.
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No way Mad Men is up there with Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Homeland. It's not bad (many good actors), but it doesn't have enough of a story to be a top show.

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Unlike those shows Mad Men is not a plot-driven series. It's a character drama. Just because it has a different focus and ambition doesn't make it less than. It's definitely one of the best dramas of the past decade. Game of Thrones has yet to prove itself. It had some great moments in season one, but overall it was hit or miss. I hoped it would have built on the momentum it gained from the last few episodes of season one, but season two it was plodding and overstuffed.
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I can assure you that you are in the minority with that opinion.
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@JohnFron Well it has almost universal acclaim on Metacritic, almost all the reviews I read have praised it and all the fans I talked to said it was amazing. So if it was devisive, the other side are being evry quite about it.
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Season two was pretty divisive among fans and critics. It may not be the consensus, but it's not the minority.
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It was wrong to go after Steven Levitan. There's not a limit on what a show can submit to the writing and directing categories. If a show has 22 episodes a season and all those episodes were directed by 22 different people then all those episodes can be submitted for a directing Emmy. Voters just chose his particular episode from Modern Family to nominate and reward. Either way, It was an entirely undeserved win. Modern Family is about the most banal and derivative show to dominate the Emmys.



Way to go Homeland. Way to go.
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LOL at "Dreamcatcher's Damian Lewis". I love that movie/book.



Also, typo: Goldfinger, when you meant Goldmember
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i was totally confused when i looked at facebook after danny strong won and like five people;s status was "jonathan!!!" he;ll always be doyle from gilmore girls.
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Ha, no, he was Jonathan first and in a much larger role.
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There's a quote from Sherlock when a little girls asks Sherlock what happens after you die. And he tells them they're taken away and burned. lol



I thought Jimmy did fine. But I really DON'T want to watch Modern Family anymore. And I wanted Game of Thrones to win best Drama. Homeland is good, but if I had the choice each week head to head, Game of Thrones wins.
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"What happens when we die?"



Well, after last night I'm pretty much convinced that if you're a bad person then you watch the Emmy's on repeat for eternity.
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And every once in a while you get a break...to watch the Tony's.
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