The Primetime Emmy Awards

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  • 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.

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