2009 EMMY RECAP

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I know. It took me a while. But I’m here.

So let’s talk about what happened on Sunday evening.

First of all…

I am completely choked that NEIL PATRICK HARRIS didn’t win in his category. (I feel the same way about STEVE CARELL. But that’s another story…)

But, on the other hand, NPH was a terrific host. I saw the majority of the telecast and genuinely enjoyed it. He was greatly entertaining and everything moved along at lightning speed.

I was so thrilled for KRISTIN CHENOWETH.

Apparently she had an extreme migraine and fell ill right after she won. But I heard that she’s fine now. I’m ecstatic for her. I adored PUSHING DAISIES. She was purely and completely awesome on that show and I’ve been rooting for her since her nominaition was announced.

I hope she gets to portray DUSTY SPRINGFIELD (who is all my all time favourite female singer). I think KRISTIN was born to play that part.

It would make her a very big star. So fingers crossed. I really want her to have that break.

I don’t get a chance to view much television any more. So I haven’t seen the majority of the winners’ work.

But it was grand to have GLENN CLOSE, TONI COLLETTE, CHERRY JONES and BRENDAN GLEESON emerge victorious last night. They’re all exceptional actors.

JESSICA LANGE is one of my idols. I knew she had been nominated a number of times. But I didn’t realize that this was her first win. That’s wonderful.

As awards shows go, it was actually rather decent. I don’t have any serious complaints…

Winners in select categories for the EMMY AWARDS…

DRAMA SERIES: MAD MEN

COMEDY SERIES: 30 ROCK

LEAD ACTOR (DRAMA): BRYAN CRANSTON – BREAKING BAD

LEAD ACTRESS (DRAMA): GLENN CLOSE – DAMAGES

LEAD ACTRESS (COMEDY): TONI COLLETTE – UNITED STATES OF TARA

LEAD ACTOR (COMEDY): ALEC BALDWIN – 30 ROCK

SUPPORTING ACTOR (DRAMA): MICHAEL EMERSON – LOST

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (DRAMA): CHERRY JONES – 24

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (COMEDY): KRISTIN CHENOWETH – PUSHING DAISIES

SUPPORTING ACTOR (COMEDY): JON CRYER – TWO & A HALF MEN

MINISERIES: LITTLE DORRIT

TV MOVIE: GREY GARDENS

LEAD ACTOR (MINISERIES/MOVIE): BRENDAN GLEESON – INTO THE STORM

LEAD ACTRESS (MINISERIES/MOVIE): JESSICA LANGE – GREY GARDENS

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (MINISERIES/MOVIE): SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO – HOUSE OF SADDAM

SUPPORTING ACTOR (MINISERIES/MOVIE): KEN HOWARD – GREY GARDENS

VARIETY/MUSIC SERIES: THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART

GUEST ACTRESS (COMEDY): TINA FEY – SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

GUEST ACTOR (COMEDY): JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

GUEST ACTRESS (DRAMA): ELLEN BURSTYN – LAW & ORDER: SVU

GUEST ACTOR (DRAMA): MICHAEL J. FOX – RESCUE ME

MAD MEN and 30 ROCK led a pack of EMMY winners who successfully defended their titles at Sunday’s show, while Australian TONI COLLETTE of Showtime’s UNITED STATES OF TARA was honoured as BEST LEAD ACTRESS (COMEDY) for her role as a mother with multiple personalities.

“Wow. This is insanely confronting,” beamed TONI. She thanked series creator DIABLO CODY, the OSCAR winning screenwriter of JUNO.

AMC’S glossy 60s Madison Avenue saga MAD MEN, which last year became the first basic cable show to win a top series award, won its second consecutive BEST DRAMA SERIES trophy.

“It is an amazing time to work in TV,” commented MAD MEN creator MATTHEW WEINER.

“And I know that everything is changing. But I’m not afraid of it because I feel like all these different media is just more choice and more entertainment. It’s better for the viewers in the end and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

NBC’S 30 ROCK, a satirical take on life inside a TV variety show, was honoured for the third time as BEST COMEDY SERIES, while star Alec Baldwin won his second award as BEST LEAD ACTOR (COMEDY).

“We want to thank our friends at NBC for keeping us on the air. Even though we are so much more expensive than a talk show,” said 30 ROCK creator and star TINA FEY, referring to JAY LENO’S new daily prime time comedy show, which NBC likes to note is cheaper to produce than a scripted series.

GLENN CLOSE’S performance as a ruthless trial attorney on DAMAGES and BRYAN CRANSTON’S turn as a meth making, cancer stricken teacher on BREAKING BAD were honoured with the top DRAMA acting EMMYS. It was the second straight win for both.

The emerald isle was well represented as Irish actor DEARBLHA WALSH won for her direction of the miniseries LITTLE DORRIT and IRISH performer BRENDAN GLEESON took home the gold for his portrayal of WINSTON CHURCHILL in HBO’S INTO THE STORM.

GLENN CLOSE called it “a huge privilege” to be a part of the Hollywood entertainment community, then took the time to tease her writers.

Her role “may be the character of my lifetime, depending on what they do this season.”

MICHAEL EMERSON, who plays the cruelly devious BEN on LOST and CHERRY JONES, the stalwart U.S. president on 24, were honoured as BEST SUPPORTING ACTORS (DRAMA).

KRISTIN CHENOWETH of PUSHING DAISIES and JON CRYER of TWO & A HALF MEN won the COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR EMMYS.

KRISTIN’S acceptance speech for the very first award was one of the highlights of the evening.

“I’m not employed now so I’d like to be on Mad Men. I also like The Office and 24,” stated KRISTIN, alternating between tears and smiles as she accepted for her cancelled ABC series.

“Thank you so much to the academy for recognizing a show that’s no longer on the air.”

Backstage, KRISTIN (who is also a TONY winner) noted that she is appearing on an upcoming episode of Fox’s show GLEE, has shot two movies and is doing a series of concerts.

THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART won the trophy trophy for BEST VARIETY OR MUSICAL SERIES, its seventh in a row.

GREY GARDENS, the story of a reclusive mother and daughter who were relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, won for BEST TV MOVIE.

Legendary actor JESSICA LANGE won BEST ACTRESS (MINISERIES/MOVIE) for her role in GREY GARDENS. It was her very first EMMY. She and costar DREW BARRYMORE were nominated in the same category.

“This part was a gift and they don’t come around that often for me any more – and I’m thrilled to be here tonight,” she said in accepting the award.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, the show’s host as well as a nominee for HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, lost to JON CRYER but won accolades for his emcee work, including a heartfelt compliment from JON STEWART.

As host of the broadcast, NEIL offered up persuasive evidence that he can bring new waves of cool to the stalest of institutions.

Like the EMMYS, for example.

Aired by CBS from the NOKIA THEATRE in Los Angeles, the telecast with NEIL in charge not only was remarkably stylish, fun and brisk but could even make viewers forget last year’s disastrous format with five hosts, none of whom could rise to the occasion.

NEIL surely did. The actor took on coproducer duties for the awards show, which obviously contributed to his comfort level – and that of viewers.

The program seemed to fit him like his tailored dinner jacket.

Even when he wasn’t smooth, he was smooth.

The EMMYS were efficiently divided into five genres (including reality, drama, variety, miniseries/movies) and got things off in frisky fashion with comedy.

“It was better than last year, anyway,” presenter RICKY GERVAIS said of last night’s broadcast.

Maybe the best ever. For that, thank NEIL PATRICK HARRIS.

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