The Primetime Emmy Awards

Season 61 Episode 1

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • This year, 30 Rock won it's third consectutive Emmy for "Outstanding Comedy Series", and Mad Men won it's second consecutive Emmy for "Outstanding Drama Series".

    • Odd Credits of Award Presenters and Awardees:
      • Tina Fey - Additional Voices in Deer Avengers 2: Deer in the City
      • Jon Hamm - Buzz in The Hughleys episode
      • Jon Cryer - Teenage Herbert in Noon Wine; Lenny in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
      • Toni Collette - lead singer of Toni Collette & the Finish band
      • Rob Lowe - Charles Elderberry in ABC Afterschool Specials episodes
      • Hayden Panettiere - Fairy Princess Willow in Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
      • Kate Walsh - Pressie Brooks in Night of the Lawyers
      • Chandra Wilson - Gloria in CBS Schoolbreak Special episode "Sexual Considerations"
      • Jennifer Love Hewitt - Andrea Kurtz in Munchie
      • Patricia Arquette - Stephanie in CBS Schoolbreak Special episode "The Girl with the Crazy Brother"
      • Jimmy Fallon - Photographer #1 in Spin City episode No.42
      • Simon Baker - Rétaux de Vilette in The Affair of the Necklace

    • Names Included in "In Memoriam Tribute":
      Edie Adams, Gale Storm, Van Johnson, Eartha Kitt, Neal Hefti, Patrick McGoohan, Morton Lachman, Karl Malden, James Whitmore, Sam Cohn, Henry Gibson, Bill Melendez, Pat Hingle, Paul Benedict, Bernie Hamilton, Dom DeLuise, Dominick Dunne, Robert Prosky, Fred Travalena, Irving R. Levine, Ron Silver, Natasha Richardson, David Carradine, Nora O'Brien, Michael Crichton, Beatrice Arthur, Ricardo Montalban, Ed McMahon, Army Archerd, Larry Gelbart, Paul Newman, Pierre Cossette, Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Don Hewitt, Farrah Fawcett, and Walter Cronkite.

    • The finalists for this year's TV Breakthrough Performance were scenes from Gossip Girl, True Blood, and Grey's Anatomy. The winner, as voted by the fans, was the scene from True Blood where Bill Compton meets waitress Sookie Stackhouse for the first time.

    • Goof: Neil Patrick Harris misread the teleprompter when he said award presenter Tina Fey did additional voices for Deer Hunter 2: Deer in the City. The 1999 video game is entitled Deer Avengers 2: Deer in the City.

    • Goof: Tina Fey mistakenly calls Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane as Seth MacFarland when she joked about him being "pretty drunk".

    • During the clips of "The Best of the Year in Comedy", they showed a scene from the pilot of Scrubs ("My First Day") which aired 8 years ago. However, that clip was shown in a flashback sequence in the season 8 episode "My Finale: Part 1".

    • The 22 nominations that 30 Rock got this year is the most number of nominations a comedy show has ever received in a single year. They beat the previous record of 17 they set the previous year.

  • Quotes

    • Tina Fey: (on Jon Hamm's guest appearance on "30 Rock") ...where I learned that having to kiss the guy who plays Don Draper will make you sweat through your lady blazer.

    • Kristin Chenoweth: (accepting her award) I'm totally surprised. This is totally heavy.

    • Amy Poehler: A best supporting actor or actress award is a tough one to win. The word 'rigged' is mentioned a lot. Basically, it's the one category that can be bought.
      Julia Louis-Dreyfus: It's expensive, but it's worth it.

    • Jon Cryer: (accepting his award) I used to think that uh, awards were just shallow tokens of momentary popularity, but now... I realize they are the only true measure of a person's real worth as a human being.

    • Jeff Probst: (accepting his award) I am living my dream right here, in this moment. If you have a dream, dream big. Pursue it with passion.

    • Neil Patrick Harris: Backstage, we played the 'Six Degrees' game over and over, we couldn't find a way to connect these two people. Please welcome Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.

    • Dearbhla Walsh: Finally, I want to uh, thank my partner for your patience, your love, your support. For watching the cuts and giving me notes. And it looks like it's the three of us in the bed tonight. (raises her trophy)

    • Hal Grant: (advice to aspiring TV directors) Watch what you say on headset. And always blame your cameramen. (camera pans down)

    • Steve Bodow: (opening his acceptance speech) Uh... Uh... uh--I... I-- I just.. I have... I haven't had anything to say ever since George Bush left office.

    • (accepting the award for Outstanding Original Music & Lyrics)
      Rob Schrab: I'd like to thank my mom and dad and our girlfriends.
      Dan Harmon: Nerd alert! You see what I'm telling you? Just the dumbest, dumbest, ugliest people. The least televise-able you have ever given this award to.

    • Chris O'Donnell: CBS told me that they wanted to make a spin-off of NCIS with the coolest guy in Hollywood. I said, 'Fine, but you've also got to get LL Cool J.'

    • (interview footage)
      Rod Holcomb: (advice to aspiring TV series directors) If you're having trouble with somebody on the set, learn how to tell them to go to hell in such a way they'll wanna go.

    • (interview footage on how dramatic writing can be in a drama series)
      Kater Gordon: It's eight people locked in a room for seven months.
      Matthew Weiner: No one cares what you think.

  • Notes

    • Award co-presenters Kate Walsh and Chandra Wilson worked together and played Seattle Grace Hospital surgeons on ABC's Grey's Anatomy before Walsh moved on to her spin-off series Private Practice.

    • The respective shows of award co-presenters Patricia Arquette and Jennifer Love Hewitt, Medium and Ghost Whisperer, air back-to-back every Friday on CBS beginning Fall of 2009.

    • This year, the "Breakthrough Performance of the Year" category is introduced, wherein television fans can log online (via and choose their favorite among 15 performances. The top three vote-getters are revealed during the show's telecast, during which TV viewers decide who ultimately wins the award.

    • The award nominations were announced by actors Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy) and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood on July 16, 2009.

  • Allusions

    • Neil Patrick Harris: Here's hoping Kanye West likes 30 Rock.

      NPH was referring to Kanye West's recent infamous meltdown at the Video Music Awards 2009 when he stormed the stage, interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech, and announced that Beyonce deserved the award for Best Female Video.

    • Kristin Chenoweth: I'm unemployed now so I'd like to be on Mad Men...

      Chenoweth spent two seasons as a series regular on Pushing Daisies before the show got canceled on November 2008.

    • Toni Collette: (on her baby daughter) ...wondering why it was a strange man breastfeeding her at three months of age.

      Collette weaned her daughter Sage during the production of United States of Tara, where she plays a mother afflicted with Dissociative Identity Disorder. One of her alters (alter egos) on the show is Buck, a male Vietnam war veteran.

    • Rob Lowe: ...Dr. Vegas. Oh yeah, no, I chose that over Grey's Anatomy.

      Rob Lowe was considered for the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd (played by Patrick Dempsey) on the highly popular medical drama Grey's Anatomy but chose to produce and star in his own show, the short-lived comedy Dr. Vegas.

    • Ken Howard: I'll make my speech as brief as possible, in the hope that it won't be interrupted by a congressman...

      In September 2009, while President Obama was making a speech about illegal immigrants not getting health care, South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson blurted "You lie."

    • Bob Newhart: I'm glad Tina [Fey] won tonight. We had a bet that, uh... if she won, that uh, that she would give me a great big kiss like Haley Berry gave to uh, Adrien Brody.

      In the 2003 Oscars, actor Adrien Brody kissed award presenter Haley Berry out of extreme jubilation after winning the Best Actor for the film The Pianist.