… And there it was. The biggest night in television has come and gone. The cast of “Modern Family” rejoiced. Hugh Laurie continued to look way more angry than even that doctor he plays on television typically is. And Jesse from “Breaking Bad” delivered crystal meth to Creed from “The Office.”
As I pointed out last week, it would be irresponsible for me to ignore such an evening, considering this blog has “TV” listed twice in its title. So thanks to the wonderful people at UStream (and the fantastic chatters who continuously offer safe links to streams of such shows), I sat down with three stuffed animals, a whole bunch of lemonade and a tiny computer screen just to be able to mindlessly talk about the most important evening in TV on this particular blog.
As always, below are five talking points to take from the telecast. A list of the most important awards handed out last night appear along with this post and you can bet your “Mad Men” Barbie dolls I am going to do my best to find that particular 20 second moment in which “Breaking Bad” met “The Office” to share with you, the fantastic reader.
Oh, and yes. You can count on a Netflix-related post before the end of the week. Don’t think I haven’t noticed the company scrambling to explain itself Monday in a way that made most everyone connected to the red envelope machine look utterly pathetic and foolish. As for now, though, enjoy a recap of the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards.
1. Mad Men
Get it? Wait. Probably not yet, right? Anyways, the biggest story of the night came from the best actor in a drama series category. It was the only chance Jon Hamm or Hugh Laurie may ever have to claim stake to such a prize, and in what was probably the most surprising moment of the evening, neither of them took the trophy home. Naturally, I logged onto the Washington Post‘s chat with the always fabulous Lisa des Moraes Monday morning to offer her the following question: Do you think Jon Hamm or Hugh Laurie will ever win an Emmy after losing last night and “Breaking Bad” being eligible again next year? Because she was actually at the ceremony (and, because, well, she is the best living television writer in the universe), a lot should be noted from her response:
“Nope. Not ever. If that episode of ‘Mad Men’ Hamm submitted for consideration, which was designed to push all the academy members’ buttons — yes, he wept — didn’t do it, I don’t think there’s anything else to be done to get him an Emmy win. Unless he dies in some gloriously grisly fashion or something on the show…”
Indeed. Even more troubling to me may have been Laurie’s jab when presenting later in the evening. I mean, come on. Someone else absolutely must have caught the cynicism in the actor’s voice while proclaiming who “the LUCKY nominees” were. Yes. Lucky was emphasized a bit more than it seemed like it should have been. Baseless prediction? Dr. House boycotts all Emmy ceremonies from this point on.
2. All In The Family
Get it? See what I did … OK. Neverminmd. “Modern Family” won every single award known to comedy mankind. In fact, at one point, host Jane Lynch proclaimed the night “The Modern Family Awards.” The show’s wins were … fine. I guess. I suppose. I’m sorry, but it’s just become tiresome. Yes, the show is great. We know that. But enough already. Last night proved my fearful speculation that “Modern Family” is going to ultimately meet the same fate as “30 Rock” — too many awards will begin to turn people away from the show. The NBC comedy might — MIGHT — have a season or two left. If “Modern Family” cleans up next year again, it might not be too long until we start talking about how the show is going to end. Besides, with such a hugely talented ensemble cast, it’s hard not to think some of them will start flirting with other projects enough to get one or two of them off the show. Still, the show’s winnings brought about the greatest quote of the night when one of the show’s creators took a jab at older men dating young, hot women …
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3. A Half-Man
So … Charlie Sheen. Word has it he is trying to sell another show, which is why he took a break from drinking tiger blood to redefine the notion of winning once again. This time, though, winning might not be the right word. If he was being honest while trumping his former show and its new star, then why hasn’t he dropped the lawsuit against the people at “Two And A Half Men?” The takeaway from his grand moment? This was the first time a lot of us (and by “a lot of us” I mean “me”) had a chance to see him try and revamp his image and to much of our (and by “our” I mean “my”) surprise, it didn’t really work. His words seemed so contrived and put-on that it nearly became embarrassing to watch. There wasn’t a soul in that room who believed a word he said, including himself. This now sets the stage for yet another comeback, though this time around, it’s truly hard to tell if the damage he has done to his reputation will be too much for his shining star to overcome. It’s interesting, really. I was half-expecting a standing ovation to break out, or some type of signal from him that even though someone else put him up to trotting out there and saying nice things about people he once hated, he truly felt remorse or regret about his most recent outbursts. Neither thing happened and now one has to believe he’s got a big hill to climb if he wants to find himself at the top again.
4. Party Down
If for no other reason to not have to use the word “Glee” in a subhead. Jane Lynch was good (and, by the way, if you ever happen to be ordered to watch one Jane Lynch show, you might want to opt for the name of this number). Her best line? Without any doubt, the “Entourage” line (and for that matter, what is going on with Turtle? People are worried about how skinny Julie Bowen looked — how about Turtle? If he loses anymore weight, he’ll be skinner than a Disney star). Should they bring her back next year? Sure. Why not? She’s a safe bet. Her humor ranges from smart to inappropriate to G-rated. And as long as “Glee” continues to coast, she’ll continue to be somewhere between the high B-List and low A-List. Then again, maybe they could check to see what Charlie Sheen is up to next summer?
5. Odds, Ends And Everything Else
The Emmytones gimmick was atrocious (oh, so that’s what Wilmer Valderrama is up to these days!). And what was Joel McHale doing?! He doesn’t deserve to be on that stage, doing that. Maybe Kate from “The Office,” but certainly not the “Community” star who made his name making fun of these exact type of things on “The Soup.” … It’s weird to see Bryan Cranston with hair. And it’s also weird to not see him nominated. … That was the first time in my life Leonard Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah” was not welcome. Yuck. … While it was nice to see “Friday Night Lights” finally get some credit, it felt two things: Overdue and scattershot. Overdue because the show has been great for years and years and years now. Scattershot because the academy could throw the show a few bones with the awards it handed out last night — most notably Kyle Chandlder’s upset — but it wouldn’t truly go out of its way to honor the show as a whole by giving it the best drama series award. … I enjoyed the best comedy actress routine because at first, it seemed spontaneous. Why everyone is completely killing it now and calling it sexist, I think, is a bit much. It’s supposed to be comedy, friends. Chill out … It was nice to see Margo Martindale get her due. I loved her on “Dexter.” … Kate Winslet seemed just a bit too excited for a woman who has Oscars sitting at her home. I couldn’t quite get a feel of if I should hate her or adore her after all of that. … Peter Dinklage. Wow. … You have to feel bad for Steve Carell. You just have to. He just seems like such a nice guy. … And finally, I will never watch “The Big Bang Theory,” no matter who many awards it wins.