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Emmys: Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz on a show that made TV seem small

JEFF JENSEN: Melissa, for all the self-serving yet correct talk about how expansive and diverse and ambitious television has become over the past few years, the Emmys made TV seem rather small last night.

Maybe I lost my sense of humor over the summer (too much Rectify and Ferguson, I guess), but Seth Meyers didn’t work for me. The Late Night comedian—at his best when seated behind a desk, gleefully reading his sharp, tart jokes and engaging guests with smart chat—kept the show flowing and didn’t fumble. He was an effective game manager, but nothing more. And he simply lacks the presence and dynamism that an event like this requires.

Meyers invoked his former Saturday Night Live pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and their ace work hosting the Golden Globes, but inviting the comparison only hurt him. (Could they host the Emmys next year? Check that: Can they host everything, like, from now on?) His funniest bit was the “Billy On The Street” video he did with Billy Eichner—and there, Eichner was dragging him along like luggage. (Emmy and NBC would have been better served by Jimmy Fallon, whose strengths—playful and inventive interaction with celebs; genuinely sincere gushing—seem ideally suited to emceeing a kudosfest.) READ FULL STORY

Sofia Vergara blasts critics of 'sexist' Emmy pedestal


Backstage at the Primetime Emmys, Sofia Vergara blasted critics who called her pedestal gag sexist.

During the 66th annual awards, the Modern Family actress stepped onto on a slowly rotating pedestal, showing off her curves while the president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Bruce Rosenblum did his annual dull drone-speech. The gag was immediately slammed on Twitter and some news sites: “A very troubling turn,” wrote HuffPo. “She was treated like a literal object,” fumed Jezebel. “A bizarre, objectifying Emmy moment,” headlined Salon.

Yet when asked whether the stunt was sexist and demeaning, Vergara shot back: “I think its absolutely the opposite. It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself. I think it’s ridiculous that somebody started this—I know who she was—who has no sense of humor [and should] lighten up a little bit.”

It’s not immediately clear who Vergara was referring to has having started the criticism.

Vergara’s Modern Family later claimed the best comedy series Emmy for the fifth time (tying NBC’s Frasier for the all-time most wins in the category). The actress then went to HBO’s after party where she hit the dance floor while a retro band played 1960s and 70s pop classics.

Related: Emmy surprises: Wins, losses, moments that stunned


Emmy surprises: Wins, losses, moments that stunned


Jim Parsons and Bryan Cranston won—for the fourth time each. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for the third time in a row. The Amazing Race won for the 10th time. Breaking Bad and Modern Family once again took the top prizes (full winners list). That said, there were a few surprises Monday night at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

That low-key intro: No big production number. No song and dance. No pre-taped sketch. Just host Seth Meyers jumping straight into a traditional monologue (and a decently funny one too).

Sherlock won something! Two somethings! Three somethings! The PBS Masterpiece cult fav has never taken home a primetime Emmy before. But this year, Sherlock producer Steven Moffat won for writing “His Last Vow;” stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman both won as well. It was such a surprise that neither of the actors even showed up for the ceremony. (Sure, they probably had a conflict, but still…) It’s like Tumblr fandom took over Nokia Theater.

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine awards reversal continues: After that other awards show heavily honored (some say over-honored) Fox’s freshman comedy, some in the industry thought the lack of Emmy noms for Brooklyn were a reaction (some say an over-reaction) to the Golden Globes wins. It was shut out from the ceremony beyond Andre Braugher being nominated for supporting comedy actor. Surely he’ll win, right? Nope! Ty Burrell took the prize for Modern Family. Speaking of… READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' wins Outstanding Drama Series Emmy

At the end of Monday night’s Primetime Emmys telecast, Breaking Bad won its second (and second consecutive) award for Outstanding Drama Series. Creator Vince Gilligan was on hand to accept the award onstage.

“This is a wonderful time to be working in television. I think we all know that,” Gilligan said. He thanked his cast and production crew, as well as critics and fans of the show. “Thank you very much.”

Other nominees in the field were Downton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad Men, and True Detective.

View the full Emmys 2014 winners list here.

'Modern Family' wins Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy again

On Monday night, ABC’s Modern Family won yet another Outstanding Comedy Series award at the Primetime Emmys—its fifth time winning the award. Producer Steven Levitan accepted the award on behalf of the show.

“It’s a wonder we get to be up here when there are so many deserving shows,” Levitan said onstage. “I don’t know how else to say it, but Modern Family has been a big, beautiful dream for the past five years, and we thank you for not waking us up.”

Other nominees in the field were The Big Bang Theory, LouieOrange Is the New BlackSilicon Valley, and Veep.

View the full Emmys 2014 winners list here.

Bryan Cranston wins a fourth Lead Actor Emmy for 'Breaking Bad'

On Monday night at the Nokia Theatre, Bryan Cranston won another Outstanding Lead Actor Primetime Emmy for his role as Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad. “Even I thought about voting for Matthew [McConaughey],” Cranston quipped as he accepted the award.

“I don’t know why I have been blessed with an abundance of good fortune in my life,” Cranston went on to say. “I did happen to stumble upon finding a passion that created a seed and bloomed into something so wonderful for me. I love to act and it is a passion of mine, and I will do it until my last breath.”

Cranston thanked AMC, Sony, and “especially Vince Gilligan, for making it possible for me to have this role of a lifetime.” “This intimate cast that we created—y dear friend Aaron Paul, I love you so much.” And to his TV wife Anna Gunn, he offered these words: “I love you so much, especially those scenes in bed.”

Cranston’s fellow nominees were Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson of True Detective, Jeff Daniels of The Newsroom, Jon Hamm of Mad Men, and Kevin Spacey of House of Cards.

View the full Emmys 2014 winners list here.

Julianna Margulies wins another Lead Actress Emmy for 'The Good Wife'

On Monday night at the Primetime Emmys in Los Angeles, Julianna Margulies accepted her third career Emmy and second Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Emmy for The Good Wife. (Her first win was for ER.)

“What a wonderful time for women on television,” Margulies said in her  All the women I’m nominated with tonight, it’s such a testament to that. But truly this belongs to Robert and Michelle King. All our writers, who never cease to amaze me with 22 episodes a year.

“And I have to thank my gorgeous cast,” she added. “Christine Baranski, you are a beacon of light to all of us. And Josh Charles, I miss you every day. What were you thinking?”

Her fellow nominees were Lizzy Caplan of Masters of Sex, Claire Danes of Homeland, Michelle Dockery of Downton Abbey, Kerry Washington of Scandal, and Robin Wright of House of Cards.

View the full Emmys 2014 winners list here.

Anna Gunn wins another Supporting Actress Emmy for 'Breaking Bad'

On Monday night in Los Angeles, actress Anna Gunn, best known for her portrayal of Skyler White on AMC’s Breaking Bad, won her second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for the role.

In her acceptance speech, Gunn had several thank-yous to distribute: “Our amazing producers, our incredible writers, our amazing crew back in New Mexico, and also the most remarkable cast I could have asked to work with,” she said. She also mentioned Bryan Cranston—the “baddest and best” TV husband, in Gunn’s words—and thanked her parents for “never letting me give up.”

The other five nominees in the category were Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt and Maggie Smith, Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks, The Good Wife‘s Christine Baranski, and Game of Thrones‘ Lena Headey.

View the full Emmys 2014 winners list here.

'Sherlock' producer says season 4 story is 'devastating'


One of the biggest awards surprise Monday night at the Nokia Theatre: Perpetual bridesmaid Sherlock suddenly winning three Emmys, including honors for stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, as well as writer-producer Steve Moffat. The actors were absent, but Moffat was on hand to talk to reporters backstage after his big win and he gave some season 4 scoop.

Asked if the previously announced season 4 can top this Emmy-winning season, Moffat replied: “We have a plan to top it. And I do think our plan is devastating. We’ve practically reduced our cast to tears telling them the plan … we’re probably more excited that we’ve ever been about Sherlock.” READ FULL STORY

Aaron Paul wins third Supporting Actor Emmy for 'Breaking Bad'

Aaron Paul, best known for his role as Jesse Pinkman on AMC’s Breaking Bad, won his third Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama award for his performance on the show’s fifth and final season. It was his fifth nomination.

Accepting the award, Paul asked the audience for another round of applause for the other nominees in the category: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Jon Voight (Ray Donovan), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), and Josh Charles (The Good Wife).

“Thank you, thank you so much,” he continued. “My God, Breaking Bad. It has changed my life and I am standing up here because of one man, and that’s Vince Gilligan. … Thank you for believing in me, trusting me to play this guy. I miss him. I love him.”

View the full Emmys 2014 winners list here.

Jessica Lange wins Miniseries or Movie Lead Actress Emmy

Jessica Lange won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie on Monday night for her performance on American Horror Story: Coven on FX.

“I’m profoundly surprised at this, but very grateful,” Lange said in her acceptance speech. “Special thanks to everybody who is part of my life on this show, starting with, as Kathy [Bates] said, one of the greatest crews that work tirelessly.” She also thanked her castmates, “a cast that is a dream come true, beginning to end,” and added, “Thank you, thank you, thank you very much.” READ FULL STORY

Benedict Cumberbatch wins Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy

At the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday night, Benedict Cumberbatch won the 2014 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock. He was not present to accept the award.

Other actors nominated in the field were Chiwetel Ejiofor of Dancing on the Edge, Idris Elba of Luther, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton of Fargo, and Mark Ruffalo of The Normal Heart.

View the full Emmys 2014 winners list here.

Seth Meyers' best jokes from the 2014 Emmys

NBC decided to hold the Emmys a month earlier, in August,” began host Seth Meyers, about a third of the way through his opening monologue, “to avoid conflicting with Sunday Night Football. Which is keeping with the actors’ tradition of running away from jocks.”

Then he continued, aptly considering the muted response, “Jokes are like nominees: They can’t all be winners.”

That’s certainly true, though Meyers had a decent enough success rate during the evening. These were the best lines of the lot. READ FULL STORY


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