Sunday, August 29, 2010

The BC Bulletin LIVE Emmy Awards Reactions

The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air in a little over an hour on NBC. The BC Bulletin will be blogging live reactions as the ceremony takes place. (6:45PM ET)

Sorry, I'm late. I got in my best dressed for the Emmycast. Right now, Billy Bush (nephew of George W.) is chatting with birthday girl and Lead Actress nominee Lea Michele of Glee. Michele is dressed in a navy blue Oscar de La Renta gown.

What I glimpsed- Billy talking with Modern Family hottie Sofia Vergara, who vowed if the show won for Best Comedy Emmy, she'd run down naked on Sunset Blvd. To counteract, Maria Menounos interviewed her fellow co-star and nominee Julie Bowen, who said that "if (Bowen), Ty (Burrell), and the show all won, I'll run down naked." Choose your words carefully. The show begins in a tad over five minutes. Oh, and all of the Comedy categories (except series) are together, Drama are together, Miniseries and Movie are all together.


The Opening Sketch: Jimmy Fallon is chatting with castmembers (Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, and Cory Monteith) of Glee. The Glee-sters are figuring out a way to get to the Emmys. They enlist Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Jorge Garcia, Joel McHale, and Sue Sylvester/Jane Lynch, spoofing the Boss man's "Born to Run". (8:05PM)


8:08 PM- WE are looking back at the past year in Comedy with clips from Comedy of the past year.

8:11PM- Jon Hamm and Betty White are presenting the first award of the evening- Supporting in a Comedy Series.

**The Emmy goes to** FIZBO!!!! Eric Stonestreet wins the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in "Modern Family". Hey, NBC, WHERE THE CLIPS AT?!?!

8:18PM- After a quick commercial break; Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and the lovely Vergara are presenting the 2nd award of the evening- Writing in a Comedy Series.

"When did you get a laugh?" is the question asked of the nominees in this category? As is "Is funny sexy?"

The "Modern Family" pilot wins for Writing in a Comedy Series. Christopher Lloyd (not the actor) is the son of the late David Lloyd, who won in this race 34 years ago for the epic "Chuckles the Clown Bites the Dust" episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

8:22PM- Stephen Colbert is presenting the third award- Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Does Jane Lynch have this one wrapped up?

8:24PM- Janie did have this one wrapped up as the surly coach of the Cheer-E-O's nabs the Emmy. Congrats to Jane Lynch!

8:31PM- Chandler Bing and Lorelai Gilmore, BFF's in real life (Matthew Perry and Lauren Graham) are presenting the nominees for Guest Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series. I'm a big Lauren Graham fan, and she should have three Emmys by now, but has never been a nominee. And they are presenting the fourth category- Directing in a Comedy Series.

"What is the worst direction you've ever given?" is the question asked of all of the nominees in this category

8:33PM- The Emmy goes to Ryan Murphy for directing the pilot of the "sensation, sweeping the nation", Glee.

8:35PM- A clip with the cast of Modern Family. A "pitch" session with the cast of the show. Ha! A scene with Bowen and George Clooney. Priceless. Also, Vergara with Clooney, and Stewie Griffin of Family Guy talking to Ed O'Neill, mentioning that Modern Family is a show "he can talk about."

8:37PM- Eva Longoria Parker and LL Cool J are presenting Lead Actor in a Comedy Series- AND NOW WE HAVE CLIPS!!!! Category Numero Cinco!

8:38PM- JIM PARSONS wins the Emmy for his hilarious drunk scene!!!!! Like Maura West two months ago, Jim Parsons wins with an episode with a boozy drunk scene. As mentioned, Parsons had that scene in his reel where he accepts a trophy while drunk. A two-for-one EMMY SPECIAL.

8:44PM- 'Nother Commercial Break. And then Doogie Howser comes up to the stage to present the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy.

8:45PM- History has been made. One Edith Falco of Brooklyn, New York becomes the first woman to win Lead Acting Emmys for Comedy and Drama. "I'm not funny", Falco insists during her acceptance speech. Robert Young and Carroll O'Connor are the other two people to pull of this feat.

8:47PM- Up next is a look back at Reality in the past year.

8:49PM- Mr. Amy Poehler/Gob Bluth (Will Arnett) and Felicity (Keri Russell) present the seventh award of the night- Reality/Competition Program. Can The Amazing Race make it 8 straight, or will a new victor triumph?

8:50PM- THE STREAK IS OVER!!!!! Top Chef pulls off the upset in the Reality/Competition Program. Everyone thought Idol would finally get it. Not even a "Simon Sayonara" could save them. REPEAT- The Amazing Race's streak ends at seven. I guess that the Emmy race can open up in this race. Apprentice next year?

8:57PM- After another commercial break, and an intro to the accountants from Ernst & Young, a look back at the year in DRAMA, Drama, Drama...

9:00PM- The next six categories are the Drama races. L&O SVU's Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay introduce Category Numero Ocho- Writing in a Drama Series.

"What's the best note you ever got for a network" is the question asked for the nominees?

9:01PM- The Emmy goes to Mad Men's season finale, written by creator Matthew Weiner, with Erin Levy. "Shut the Door, Have a Seat" was one of the great hours of TV the past year. Last year, the season 2 finale, "Meditations in an Emergency" won this race.

9:03PM- Chris and Mariska present the 9th award- Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (with clips). The Emmy goes to Aaron Paul, who had a breakout year, and is the 15th actor to win this category in the last 15 years. Congrats, Aaron!

9:10PM- after another break, Nathan Fillion and the lovely Emily Deschanel present the 10th award of the night- Supporting Actress in a Drama Series- the most "up in the air" category.

9:11PM- Archie Panjabi pulls off the 2nd upset of the night, winning for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for The Good Wife. Could The Good Wife pull off the Drama Series upset win?

9:12PM- Edie Falco, as Jimmy Fallon called her "the original housewife of New Jersey" presents the Lead Actor award. (# 11)

9:13PM- Tic-tae-toe, THREE in a Row (but not four), Bryan "with a Y" Cranston wins for Lead Actor in a Drama Series award for the third (but not fourth) consecutive year for Breaking Bad.

9:15PM- another commercial break

9:19PM- Guest Actor and Actress in a Drama Series recap; John Lithgow and Ann-Margret are presenting the 12th category of the night- Drama Series Directing.

The nominees question- "What did your mom want you to be when you were growing up?"

9:21PM- Steve Shill wins for Drama Series directing for Dexter for the episode "The Getaway." Lost's finale got snubbed in both writing and directing- this does not look good for the swan song of Lost, about to follow in the footsteps of the swan songs of M*A*S*H, Cheers, St. Elsewhere, and Newhart.

9:23PM- a Musical tribute (by Fallon) to three shows that went off the air- 24 (Fallon dressed as Sir Elton John), Law & Order (a parody of Boyz II Men's It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday, also by Fallon, dressed as a hip-hop artist), and Lost (Fallon dressed as a rock star, to the tune of Green Day's ??song??)

9:27PM- another commercial break

9:31PM- Glee's Matthew Morrison and 30 Rock's Tina Fey present the 13th award of the evening- Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

9:32PM- Floyd, we've got another upset. The better half of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick pulls off the 3rd upset of the night, on her 5th nomination for TNT's The Closer.

9:34PM- We now move to the next arena, Variety. Stephen Colbert joins in Jimmy Fallon's segue to the Year in Variety.

9:36PM- Could The Daily Show's streak also end at seven? Could The Daily Show's little brother, Colbert rise up, or could SNL's Betty White campaign pay off with extra dividends, or will Team Coco get a pity win? We'll find out, NOW!

9:37PM- Joel McHale and Jeff Probst present the 14th award of the night- Variety, Music, or Comedy Special writing.

9:39PM- The Tony Awards (last year's- 2009) win for Best Writing in a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special. (I thought that this would be announced during the Creative Arts awards. I was wrong)

9:47PM- after another word from our sponsors, funny British comedian Ricky Gervais takes the stage, and free beer is handed out to some of the nominees. I guess the party has begun. OK, Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

Same question as Drama Series directing...

9:48PM- Haha, Louis J. Horwitz's mom wanted him to be an accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show, lol....unfortunately for Louis's mom, with Lawrence Welk and Myron Floren, there were too many accordionists cooking in the kitchen.

9:49PM- Ricky Gervais was hoping for Bucky Gunts, and he got it right. Bucky directed the Opening Ceremony for the Vancouver Olympic Games. Congrats to Ricky for predicting it right.

9:50PM- And Sweet 16- Variety, Music or Comedy Series

9:51PM- And the eighth time is still the charm for Jon Stewart, as The Daily Show makes it eight in a row. Jim Tressel is getting ideas from Jon Stewart in order to beat Michigan. SNL was robbed for the second straight year in a row.

9:57PM- after the next break, the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award will be given to George Clooney.

10:00PM- And now, a word from the Chairman from the Academy, John Schaffner(?). Julianna Margulies presents the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award to her former ER co-star George Clooney. Clooney is the 4th recipient of this award, one whose humanitarian work has had a lasting impact in the industry (America: A Tribute to Heroes, Tsunami: A Concert of Hope, and Hope for Haiti Now).

10:04PM- And now, the Miniseries/Movie categories- a year back at those.

10:06PM- Jim & Betty- John Krasinski and January Jones present the 17th category- Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

10:07PM- Julia Ormond wins the Emmy for her portrayal of the mother of Temple Grandin.

10:14PM- After another break, Claire Danes (the new spokesgal for Latisse) presents the Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy.

10:15PM- David Strathairn wins for Temple Grandin.

10:17PM- Jewel performs the song for the Memoriam segment

10:21PM- Commercial break

10:25PM- Jonathan Rollins and Abby Lockhart (Blair Underwood and Maura Tierney) present the Writing in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy (Emmy # 20 tonight) to Adam Mazer who penned You Don't Know Jack (NOT about the computer game).

10:28PM- Underwood & Tierney present the 21st Emmy of the night- Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, which goes to Claire Danes as Temple Grandin. Danes was the youngest Lead Actress nominee in the history of the Emmys, 15 years ago at the tender age of 16. (She should be 2-for-2)

10:30PM- Another break. Only 6 categories left. (edited to realize there are 27 categories and not 26...or 24, or 28- like there were originally, pre-Clooney Humanitarian Award).

10:34PM- Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, and Alexander Skarsgard of True Blood present the Emmy for Directing in a Miniseries or Movie. (Category # 22)

10:35PM- Mick Jackson wins the Emmy for directing Temple Grandin. The third time is the charm for Jackson, who helmed The Bodyguard, Volcano, and L.A. Story.

10:37PM- The True Blood trio also presents Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, which goes to Al Pacino for his role as Dr. Death (Jack Kevorkian) in You Don't Know Jack.

10:42PM- And now, the Final Four- Miniseries, Made for TV Movie, Drama Series, and Comedy Series. I predicted The Pacific, Temple Grandin, Mad Men, and Modern Family. Will I go 4-for-4? But first, another word from our sponsors. The Event- next year's Great Emmy drama, or next year's Silver Garbage chariot horse?

10:45PM- Laurence Fishburne presents the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries...flip a coin.

10:46PM- The coin landed on heads for The Pacific. Cranford gets swept by Tom Hanks, having lost to John Adams two years ago.

10:48PM- Fishburne also presents the Best Made for TV Movie Emmy, which goes to Temple Grandin, HBO's film about a woman who overcame autism and received a doctorate.

10:49PM- Will Mad Men make it three in a row? Find out now as 1984's Best Drama Lead Actor Tom Selleck hands out the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

10:50PM- Tic-tac-toe, THREE IN A ROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Catch tonight's show again in 10 minutes on the East Coast folks!

10:52PM- one more prize. Can Modern Family win it? Will Glee sing out a high note? Or will 30 Rock pull off a shocker and four-peat? Comedy Series is up next after one final word from the sponsors.

10:56PM- And now, the 27th and Final Award of the night- Outstanding Comedy Series (see last update). And now, Sam Malone (ok, Ted Danson).

10:58PM- The Emmy Goes to...Modern Family. ABC's first Comedy Series winner in 22 years. 30 Rock is one Emmy nomination shy of tying the shutout record. Traditional family is back at the Emmys.

10:59PM- That's all she wrote on the Emmys. Now I'm off to write about tonight. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night (musical break) Adios, au revoir, auf wiedersehen, GOODNIGHT!

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