Posted by: ckckred | September 25, 2012

Emmys 2012: Show gets a check, awards don’t

Jimmy Kimmel was funny, but the show loses points for bad award choices

During this year’s Emmys when Jon Stewart won for Best Variety series, he came up and said how predictable the Emmys were.  This was censored out (mostly because he swore right before it), but that was true in a sense.  The Emmys are predictable at times, but sometimes really seem to defy all means.

Let’s talk about the awards.  Homeland won Best Drama, something which was surprising.  I predicted Mad Men would win, but once Damian Lewis won Best Actor in a Drama Series I knew Homeland was going to win.

And guess what?  I cheered!  I would have preferred Breaking Bad or Mad Men but it was far from undeserving.  Plus it’s nice to see some new blood in the awards.

And some Emmy winners were predictable.  Jon Stewart won for the tenth time but always deserves it because The Daily Show is the most consistently funny show on TV (though I would like to see Colbert get an award).  The Amazing Race won again, which I’m fine with, mostly because it deprived shows like The Voice from winning.  Julia Louis Dreyfus won, but even though I thought Poehler was better it wasn’t undeserved.

But the Emmys took some bad paths.  Modern Family had a predictable but undeserved sweep at the Emmys.  It was a shame that LouieParks and Rec, and Community weren’t nominated, and I don’t think Modern Family was better than either Curb Your Enthusiasm or Veep.  But hey, it could be worse!  The Emmys also nominated The Big Bang Theory and the worn out 30 Rock in their.

Still, Modern Family destroyed the entire night for me.  Steve Levitan took an undeserved directing award from Louis C. K.  Julie Bowen won Best Supporting Actress while Eric Stonestreet won Best Supporting Actor.  Really, there is no show on television that deserves all of its adult cast for acting nominations and if there were Modern Family would be far from it.  And if you think Greenfield is funnier than Nick Offerman, well you need to buy a television.

And then there was Jon Cryer who won for Two and a Half Men.  If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I really don’t like Two and a Half Men.  Even the show’s most loyal fans quit during this season.  But I won’t be writing down a giant rant.

The reason being is that I lost all respect for the Emmys, who just go with mainstream tastes.  Even though they’ve improved (a few years ago when they nominated mostly network shows), they’re still pretty incompetent. And I didn’t want to get my hopes up that Louie would win (I thought Carrell was going to win last year and it broke my heart when he lost).  I will say that I would have even preferred Parsons to win over Cryer though.

And onto the show!  Kimmel did a good job at hosting, though not as good as I hoped.  Some bits worked like the opening while others didn’t (the In Memoriam skit was in bad taste).  Still it was funny and better than what we got last year.

Winners below:

— Drama Series: “Homeland,” Showtime.
— Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, “Homeland,” Showtime.— Actor, Drama Series: Damian Lewis, “Homeland,” Showtime.— Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

— Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey,” PBS.

— Writing, Drama Series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, “Homeland,” Showtime.

— Directing, Drama Series: Tim Van Patten, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.

— Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.

— Actor, Comedy Series: Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS.

— Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.

— Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC.

— Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family,” ABC.

— Writing, Comedy Series: Louis C.K, “Louie,” FX Networks.

— Directing, Comedy Series: Steven Levitan, “Modern Family,” ABC.

— Miniseries or Movie: “Game Change,” HBO.

— Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, “Game Change,” HBO.

— Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys,” History.

— Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story,” FX Networks.

— Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys,” History.

— Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Jay Roach, “Game Change,” HBO.

— Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Danny Strong, “Game Change,” HBO.

— Reality-Competition Program: “The Amazing Race,” CBS.

— Host, Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC.

— Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central.

— Writing for a Variety Special: Louis C.K., “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre,” FX Networks.

— Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards, CBS.


  1. What bothers me so much about the Emmys is that the comedy awards are all so obscenely mainstream, yet the dramatic categories actually do a decent job of selecting the best shows of the year.

    I’m honestly not sure why that is.

    • I’ve noticed that too. The Drama awards are usually pretty strong mostly because they’ve been focusing on cable shows like Breaking Bad or Mad Men. I’m not sure when they’ll start doing that for the comedy awards, but I think the Emmys want to do anything to please audiences hence the Modern Family sweep and nominations for Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. Thanks for commenting.

      • Glad to. And at least we have the Television Critics Association Awards, which manage the incredible feat of actually giving out awards to the best programs.

      • Sometimes I imagine what the world would be like if critics picked the winners for awards shows.

      • I’d like to think it’d be something like this.

  2. Well, I have been meaning to watch Homeland…

    • Homeland’s great and I highly recommend it. It’s sort of like 24 (it has a few of the same producers). Season 1 has recently been released on DVD.

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