We were pleasantly surprised with last night’s Emmy Awards. Jane Lynch did a bang-up job of hosting, dropping a joke here and there that made me slap my coffee table in elation. I can’t decide which was the best: The one about Betty White‘s presence requiring an earlier start time or the cast of Entourage being a big reason that Lynch is gay (Amen, jobin. Sincerely, your forlorn heterosexual sister). I cheered when Lynch met up with Vince, Saracen (or was that Luke?) and Landry in the locker room after being shown the door by Don Draper (prompting my first coffee table slap of the night).
What the hell was Wilmer Valderrama doing with the Emmytones? Wait, I think my first question should be “Who are the Emmytones?”
The gathering of television’s best comediennes onstage for the announcement of Best Actress In A Comedy Series was one of the night’s true highlights. Standing up there like smalltown pageant princesses mocked the current trend of 4-year-olds competing for a crown, but odds are their half-breed parents were too stupid to catch the irony. Oh, America. By the way, Melissa McCarthy-You funny, girl. And that crown sits so naturally atop your head. You give that crowd a pageant wave!
To Jason Katims and (pardon me while I well up) Kyle Chandler-No show is more deserving of an Emmy than Friday Night Lights. It is the most well-written and beautifully acted drama I’ve seen in a very long time (and I watch A LOT of television). Now, when are we going to get Southland on the map? A few years after it ends, probably? CLEAR EYES. FULL HEARTS. CAN’T LOSE.
Modern Family writer Steve Levitan‘s acceptance speech was another one for the coffee table slaps. His, ahem, bedroom shenanigans with the wife inspired one episode in particular that left both sets of children scarred for life. The looks alone from his wife in the audience were priceless.
— Drama Series: “Mad Men,” AMC.
— Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife,” CBS.
— Actor, Drama Series: Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights,” DirecTV/NBC.
— Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones,” HBO.
— Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Margo Martindale, “Justified,” FX.
— Writing, Drama Series: Jason Katims, “Friday Night Lights,” NBC.
— Directing, Drama Series: Martin Scorsese, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.
— Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS.
— Actress, Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy, “Mike&Molly,” CBS.
— Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Writing, Comedy Series: Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman, “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Directing, Comedy Series: Michael Spiller, “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Miniseries or Movie: “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS.
— Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO.
— Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Barry Pepper, “The Kennedys,” ReelzChannel.
— Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS.
— Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO.
— Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Brian Percival, “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS.
— Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS.
— Reality-Competition Program: “The Amazing Race,” CBS.
— Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central.
— Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC.
— Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central.
Check out the individual red carpet galleries of Christina Hendricks, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Evan Rachel Wood, Gwyenth Paltrow, Harry Shum Jr, Heidi Klum, Ian Somerhalder, Jennifer Carpenter, Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies, Julie Bowen, Kate Winslet, Katie Holmes, Kristen Wiig, Lea Michele, Mark Salling, Minka Kelly, Nina Dobrev, Paz de la Huerta, Sarah Hyland and Sofia Vergara to see them up close and personal.