Posted by: ckckred | September 24, 2013

Emmys 2013: The Aftermath

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The Emmys, TV’s biggest award show about TV, announced their winners on Sunday night.  I only saw about five minutes of the show, opting out to save time to watch Breaking Bad instead (though I doubt I’m the only one; Elton John sang a song about convincing viewers to stay on CBS), but the show seemed somewhat decent (the usually very funny Neil Patrick Harris had a mediocre beginning but a humorous opening).  But if there’s anything that the Emmys taught us is that they’re incredibly unpredictable and some of my guesses were completely off.  So let’s go category by category on the winners (who are italicized).

Best Drama

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Homeland

Game of Thrones

Mad Men

Completely deserved.  Breaking Bad is one of the greatest TV shows of all time (certainly in the top five, if not higher), and the Emmys picked the right choice.

Best Comedy

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory

Girls

Louie

Modern Family

Veep

I’ll be one of the lone people to call Modern Family overrated.  It’s not a bad show, but it’s been recycling plot lines since season one and lacks originality or prose.  I think the Emmys just gave it an award for being the most wildly popular sitcom on TV (though the hype has died down considerably).  Louie would have been a far better choice.

Best Variety Series

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Real Time with Bill Maher

And Stephen Colbert breaks Jon Stewart’s winning streak!  I hold The Colbert Report and The Daily Show in very high esteem so I wouldn’t mind to see either win.  Great for Colbert and I can’t wait to see what he does on Monday night.

Drama Actor

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)

Damian Lewis (Homeland)

Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)

Until I heard Jeff Daniels won, I forgot he even was nominated.  I’m a fan of Aaron Sorkin’s work, but The Newsroom struck me as a Daily Show copycat, though lacking the wit and cleverness that Jon Stewart brings.  Daniels did well with the material, but not nearly enough to merit a nomination, much less of a win.  Cranston deserved it much more.

Comedy Actor

Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)

Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Don Cheadle (House of Cards)

Louis C. K. (Louie)

Though I predicted Alec Baldwin, it doesn’t surprise me Jim Parsons won.  While I can’t manage to sit through an episode of The Big Bang Theory, I’ll admit Parsons has got some acting chops, though Louis C. K. should have won.

Drama Actress

Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)

Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)

Claire Danes (Homeland)

Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)

Connie Britton (Nashville)

Kerry Washington (Scandal)

Not much of a surprise and well-deserved.  Homeland’s second season was bumpy, but Danes was consistent in her role.

Comedy Actress

Tina Fey (30 Rock)

Laura Dern (Enlightened)

Lena Dunham (Girls)

Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)

Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

Another one I guessed.  Not undeserved and Veep makes me laugh a lot, but Poehler was the one I thought should win.  But maybe another year.

Drama Supporting Actor

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

Jonathon Banks (Breaking Bad)

Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire)

Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Maybe the Emmys had trouble to pick between everyone else and Bobby Cannavale managed to win?  Again, I’m not saying he was bad, but it’s really surprising.

Comedy Supporting Actor

Adam Driver (Girls)

Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)

Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)

Tony Hale (Veep)

I didn’t expect Hale to win, but I was rooting for him all the way.  Also, it’s nice to see someone not from Modern Family win.

Drama Supporting Actress

Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)

Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)

Morena Baccarin (Homeland)

Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)

And another great curveball.  I thought Gunn’s editorial might have hurt her chances, but it looks like it worked to her advantage.  I’m stunned that this is the only acting award Breaking Bad won this year.

Comedy Supporting Actress

Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)

Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)

Jane Lynch (Glee)

Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)

Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie)

Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

I did not see this coming.  I actually haven’t watched any Nurse Jackie so I can’t really say whether Wever deserved it or not.  Just very surprising.

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