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The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards: The Good and the Bad (Plus the Ugly).

The Primetime Emmy Awards were last night. Since I devoted so many posts to predicting the winners, I thought it would be important to have a post about my reaction to the winners and the ceremony. The Good and the Bad (let’s just group the Ugly in that one too).

THE GOOD
-The opening film was pretty wonderful. It was nice seeing all of those talented ladies together. Although it was completely obvious that the Ellen DeGeneres and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were filmed later and inserted into it. My favorite part was Lena Dunham eating cake naked in the bathroom stall. Of course she would be doing that.

-Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue was short and to the point. He made a few good zingers and also acknowledged some of the newcomers this season (Lena Dunham again!). Overall, he was a decent host that didn’t take away from the show.

-They got it right with some of the winners. Claire Danes was a lock to win, so it wasn’t a surprise at all but it was nice to see someone deserving win. Her speech was classy too.

-Julia Louis-Dreyfus became the first person to win an Emmy for being a regular on three different series. She previously picked up two for Seinfeld & The New Adventures of Old Christine. This time it was for Veep and she deserved it again. The switched speech gag with Amy Poehler didn’t completely work for me, but it was good for a few laughs.

-Louis C.K. picked up two Emmy awards. Writing for Louie and Writing for his comedy special. “Pregnant” was one of the weaker episodes of the season, so I’m going to pretend that he won for “Duckling” or a stronger episode.

-Tim Van Patten, a veteran director of HBO dramas, finally won a Directing Emmy for the season finale of Boardwalk Empire. I would’ve liked to have seen Vince Gilligan win that one, I can’t argue with their choice and I’m glad Van Patten finally won a Directing award here.

-I was also happy to see the wins for Jessica Lange & Aaron Paul. Both very deserving.

-Jon Stewart wins his 10th Best Variety Series in a row. His speech was one of the best of the night. He gave props to Colbert and the SuperPAC arc this past season. Plus he had a great quote about the Emmys themselves: “Years from now, when the Earth is just a burning husk and aliens come to visit, they will find a box of these, and they will know just how predictable these (bleeping) things are.”

The Breaking Bad Show was a hilarious short film, which imagined Breaking Bad being done on broadcast television in the style of The Andy Griffith Show. Watch it on YouTube if you missed it.

-Speaking of The Andy Griffith Show, it was really nice to see Ron Howard introduce the In Memoriam segment by talking about Andy Griffith. It was a very sweet moment in the telecast.

THE BAD and THE UGLY:
-Jon Cryer. Jon Cryer. Jon Cryer. How the hell did he win that category? I thought for sure he was in 6th place and didn’t have a chance in hell of winning. I don’t have any explanation as to why he won the award this year. Based on his acceptance speech, I think he felt the same way.

-The ceremony itself was pretty boring. Nothing interesting happen. The biggest “mistake” was Seth MacFarlane not knowing where the microphone was, but that was pretty tame compared to things that have happened in the past.

-They need to get rid of the genre grouping. It’s so annoying and kills the momentum of the awards show. All of the interesting awards are given out in the first 90 minutes. They leave the TV Movie/Miniseries awards (which no one ever cares about) for the last hour and it becames a tedious process to get through. Why don’t the producers ever listen to the audience? Nobody likes the segmenting of the awards!

Game Change winning for Writing was annoying. I thought the film was good, but it was elevated by the terrific performances from Moore, Harrelson, Paulson & Harris. The script was terrible. It could’ve been a much better film had it had some stronger writing.

-I love Modern Family. It’s one of my favorite shows on television. But the Emmys need to get over their love affair. It’s a little boring to watch the Comedy categories knowing that they are going to win everything they are nominated for. Spread the wealth a little bit. Stonestreet & Bowen were deserving, but it would’ve been more exciting to see another cast member win and give an emotional speech.

The Amazing Race has gone 9 for 10 in the Reality-Competition Program category. It’s a well-produced show and one of my favorites, but Project Runway and So You Think You Can Dance would’ve been just as deserving winners. Let’s change it up a little bit Emmy voters.

*That’s it until next year. I’ll be back tonight with a recap of the premiere of Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars and maybe the CBS comedies (if I have time). If you missed the ceremony, here are the complete list of winners:

Drama Series: Homeland
Actor Drama: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Actress Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Supporting Actor Drama: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Supporting Actress Drama: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Writing Drama: Homeland – “Pilot” – Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff
Directing Drama: Boardwalk Empire – “To the Lost” – Tim Van Patten

Comedy Series: Modern Family
Actor Comedy: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Actress Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Supporting Actor Comedy: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Supporting Actress Comedy: Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Writing Comedy: Louie – “Pregnant” – Louis C.K.
Directing Comedy: Modern Family – “Baby on Board” – Steven Levitan

TV Movie/Miniseries: Game Change
Actor TV Movie/Miniseries: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Actress TV Movie/Miniseries: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries: Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Writing TV Movie/Miniseries: Game Change – Danny Strong
Directing TV Movie/Miniseries: Game Change – Jay Roach

Variety Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Writing Variety Special: Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre – Louis C.K.
Directing Variety Special: The 65th Annual Tony Awards – Glenn Weiss

Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race
Reality Host: Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars

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