Emmys Highlights

First, let me get this out of the way. What does Hugh Laurie have to do to win a frakkin’ Emmy?! Jeff Probst now has two Emmys; Laurie, zero. ‘Nuff said.

Overall, the show was kinda boring because there weren’t a lot of surprises. Neil Patrick Harris did a good job in a thankless role—his opening number was amusing and I liked how he identified presenters by their most obscure roles—but I thought he’d be funnier and a lot more irreverent. Everything felt too safe. Even his Dr. Horrible appearance with Nathan Fillion fell a little flat.

If you want a complete list of winners, click here. Read on if you want to see who gets my Nerdies. (All photos via Variety.)

Most Deserving of Thanks: Stuntwoman Jeannie Epper. When Ken Howard won best supporting actor in a TV movie for Grey Gardens, he thanked Epper for giving him a kidney. Yeah, I’d say she was way more responsible for his winning the award than his agent was.

chenowethBest Audition for Her Next Job: Kristin Chenoweth. In her speech after winning best supporting actress in a comedy series for Pushing Daisies, she said, “I’m unemployed now so I’d like to be on Mad Men. I also like The Office and 24.” If you’re asking for a job, an Emmy is a good prop to be holding while you’re doing it. (It was cute how the Emmy was almost as tall as Chenoweth.)

Best Explanation for How He Became a Winner: Matt Hubbard, 3o Rock writer, said, “I’d first like to thank Walter Patterson for punching me in the 8th grade and turning me into a comedy writer.” If Chris Long didn’t repeatedly throw the dodgeball in my face in 5th grade, I wouldn’t be here, either.

Funniest Listing of Nominees: Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Every year I look forward to the category of best writing for a variety, music or comedy series because the nominated writers always do something goofy. This year, O’Brien is seen deleting all his writers as friends on Facebook. Runner-Up: Brian Williams reading the names of Saturday Night Live‘s writing staff and then saying that collectively they’re known simply as “Nerds.” Holla!

Person Who Couldn’t Be Nerdy if He Tried: Simon Baker. He came out to present an award wearing nerdy glasses and rumpled hair but still looked ultra hot. When I have bed hair and my glasses on, the neighborhood kids threaten to give me a wedgie.

Coolest “Rat”: As usual, Ricky Gervais was the funniest guy in the room. Sporting what he called a “Rat-Pack green” retro jacket, he said he felt comfortable and “above average” among TV stars since movie stars are so annoyingly good looking. He then invited an audit of his bank account in case anyone doubted how much he’ll make as executive producer of The Office (“whatever that means”) now that it’s going into syndication. Why hasn’t somebody hired Gervais to host an awards show already?

drew & JessicaBest Losing Reaction: Drew Barrymore. When Jessica Lange won for Grey Gardens, Barrymore bounced up from her seat with a face-splitting grin, clapping madly for her co-star. She got teary-eyed and exuded so much joy, you’d think she won the award herself. That’s either class or she pulled off an act deserving its own Emmy.

Most Boring Winner: Two and a half seconds after I said, “Please let it be anyone but Jon Cryer,” he was named best supporting comedy actor for Two and a Half Men. I’m too bored to write anything more about this.

What did you like or didn’t like? What did you think of Neil Patrick Harris? (Click here for my fashion comments.)



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    September 21, 2009 at 3:03 am

    OK, I’m with you on most of this stuff…I hate, hate, HATE when the same people and shows win year after year. It’s like Helen Hunt and Candice Bergin all over again. And though I love “30 Rock” and hear that “Mad Men” is very deserving, it would have been nice to see the voters spread the wealth a bit in the show categories…

    That said, I was pretty surprised by some of the acting winners. Love that Cherry Jones has an Emmy to display between her Tony’s and especially love the fact that Toni Collete has finally won SOMETHING. I haven’t even watched that show, but she is so cool! So, yay for her! Also love Kristin Chenoweth, so was glad to see her win too. And Michael Emerson winning his second Emmy (his first for “Lost”) was sooo cool. Long live the creepy-cool character actors of the world!! Seriously, Benjamin Linus is a TV character for the ages and his winning for that role was very cool in my book.

    And though I too groaned when “Duckie” won his Emmy, I was glad that at least he was a surprise winner. I mean, he was so not oven on my radar as a possible winner, so, it was a total shock when he won. And though I will NEVER get the appeal of his show, I must say that he came to the picket line at NBC all the time during the WGA strike and he was the nicest guy in the world. So, now he has an Emmy and maybe someone else can win one next year! 🙂

    I know I said it before, but it just totally pains me when the same boring-ass shows and actors win every year. So, anytime there is a shake-up, I’m happy for it. Even if it means Neil Patrick Harris will have to wait another year to win his gold…

    Oh yeah, and for the love of God, Emmy voters, Jeff Probst is cool and everything, but please, watch some of the other nominated shows as well! Good Lord, the man does not need two Emmys when poor Phil and hot-ass Padma go home empty handed. And don’t even get me started on the cruel way the votes continue to rob “Big Brother” host Julie “Chenbot” Chen of even a nomination year after year…it’s just plain criminal! Urgh…

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    September 21, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Hilarious, PCN!!

    Your write up of the show was funnier than the actual show.

    Yes, Hugh Laurie should have won this year (and previously), but all the cool kids know he’s the best anyway, so it’s no biggie.

    Loved what Ken Howard said about Ms. Epper, but would love to know the whole story on that.

    Absolute worst part of the show is the “Reality TV” portion. I find it kind of offensive that the Emmys recognize this category rather than recognizing Casting Directors on scripted shows.

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    September 21, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I thought Neil Patrick Harris did a good as could be expected given that it is indeed a thankless job.

    Awards shows are what they are and rarely are they all that much fun.

    I could have done without the bit with the fan found online and her being moved all over the audience. It never really worked.

    And announcing the obscure credits of certain performers was disjointed and inconsistent.

    The one thing I didn’t get at all was the constant mentioning the end of broadcast TV and “If we are on next year”. Didn’t understand that.

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    September 21, 2009 at 10:46 am

    The “In Memoriam” package was haunting in a way…. I’m in my later 30s and am used to seeing old timers with black and white footage strewn across the “In Memoriam” package….this year (albeit expectantly) …was agonizing….. I saw so many faces of artists that I grew up knowing from the screen. Bravo to Sarah McLaughlin for a “no fuss presentation” as well….

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      September 21, 2009 at 7:37 pm

      The tribute was tough. I don’t recall the last time we had so many icons in one reel. They showed MJ when he was a kid!

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    September 21, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Kudos to Ms Epper! The best thing that came out of last night (which was almost a clone of last year’s results – at least across some of the major awardees). Well, that and Kristin Chenoweth.

    Probst has two Emmy’s? The Survivor host?!? SC manages to lose to Washington for christsakes. The Oakland Raiders win a game (period), and Probst picks up his second (all in the same weekend). I guess the Mayan’s had it all wrong for 2012.

    Thanks, PCN.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      September 21, 2009 at 7:35 pm

      Ha ha! Hilarious, LP13. Yes, the Survivor host, who stands around wearing shorts and putting out people’s torches, has two Emmys while the brilliant British actor who plays the crazy American doctor has none.

      I thought the Chenoweth win was sweet, too.

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    September 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I think I agree with you in almost everything you wrote, though I do think than NPH was great… I loved almost all of his jokes (except the ones with the girl-who-won-I-don’t-know-what-but-I-wouldn’t-want-to-win-so-I-wouldn’t-be-made-fun-of-so-stupidly-on-national-TV).

    There were a few of wins which I wish would’ve gone differently.

    1) I yelled at my TV when Alec Baldwin won. I soooo wanted Jim Parsons to take the Emmy home. He’s amazing. Almost the only reason why I watch TBBT (I’m lying -I relate a lot with so many things in the show…).
    2) I’m with you. Who do we have to screw to get an Emmy for Hugh Laurie. He’s so deserving, and though I don’t deny Cranston’s amazing performance there it’s so boring to watch a show and see no “upsets”.
    3) And talking upsets. If you’re giving an Emmy to someone in Two and a Half Men let it be Holland Taylor. Just her!

    By the way. Didn’t you love Michael Emmerson’s speech? It was short and classy; just what any speech should be.

    Yet, I’m still angry Elizabeth Mitchell didn’t get nominated. She was the best of Lost this last season, and her last scene was amazing.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      September 21, 2009 at 7:30 pm

      That continuing bit about the fan who won the whatever prize was lame! Sooo awkward.

      I banged my head against my coffee table when Hugh Laurie was denied again. I’m not against Bryan Cranston winning so much (he seems pretty cool), more like holding a grudge against the Academy for choosing James Spader over Laurie 17 years in a row before Boston Legal was finally canceled. Give Hugh some love already!

      I don’t watch Two and a Half Men (who does?) but love Holland Taylor so I wouldn’t argue if she won some gold for it.

      My reaction to Michael Emerson’s speech was exactly the same as yours. I actually said to my husband, “That was short and classy.” I also think Elizabeth Mitchell was robbed. Love her.

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    September 21, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I did like the In Memoriam tribute. It really hit home how many great and wonderful people we lost this year.

    All in all though, the show was pretty lame….and I sat through that Diva Show on VH1. Don’t get me started on that!

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    Shell Sherree
    September 22, 2009 at 5:52 am

    It seems the version I saw was heavily edited but doesn’t look like I missed much. I groaned a bit when Neil Patrick Harris started his show tune but soon changed my mind and decided he did ok! Highlights for me:

    Toni Collette winning and giving a lovely professional speech {I forgive the ‘um’s} – Yay, Toni!!!

    Simon Baker. Oh, Simon. Ditto to what you said, PCN.

    Ricky Gervais ~ I could listen to his voice all night even if he wasn’t being hilarious.

    And seriously cheesed off that Hugh Laurie didn’t win. Again. Partly because I could listen to HIS voice all night too.

    A great wrap up as usual, PCN – love your Nerdies!

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