Jimmy Kimmel was a reliable, sturdy host, with most of his jokes coming close, but sometimes missing their mark. He did do a good job however, but the telecast was marred by the inclusion of canned music, an apparent push by producers to get on with the next award, and limit the shows overall air time. Maybe that’s why Kimmel’s jokes didn’t over stimulate the crowd; too much laughter equals too much air time.
However, Kimmel did not evoke the kind of emcee/comedic attributes that a Ellen DeGeneres might have, Ellen being the funniest emcee in recent memory.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, for her portrayal of Selina Meyer in the HBO series “Veep.” No surprise here.
Jon Cryer won an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his role as Alan Harper on CBS’s Two And A Half Men. Another non-surprise.
The Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series went to Eric Stonestreet for his portrayal of Cameron Tucker on ABC’s Modern Family.
And the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series went to Stonestreets Modern Family co-star Julie Bowen portrayal of Claire Dunphy on ABC’s Modern Family.
And the Showtime series Homeland had a similar one-two punch, only better, having garnered the outstanding lead actor and actress in a drama series Emmys.
Damian Lewis won for his role as Nicholas Brody on the series, and
Claire Danes won for her role as Carrie Mathison, again on the Showtime series Homeland.
There were several surprises however, as Maggie Smith took the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, for her role as Violet Crawley on the PBS series Downtown Abbey.
But the biggest upset of the night had to be Brian Cranston’s non-win of his 3rd primetime Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, for his series Breaking Bad, one of the most popular cable offerings. Odds were in his favor, as this is reportedly the last season of Breaking Bad. Maybe now this will give the producers pause to go for one more season.
Reported by Jim Donahue
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