The 66th Annual Emmy Awards – You Already Know Who Won

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The Emmy Awards is said to be television’s greatest night. If that’s true, the world of television is a whole lot more boring than I’ve been lead to believe.

This year’s award show was broadcast a month earlier than usual and on a Monday night instead of the traditional Sunday. Already, things seem to be off to a bad start. The reason for the change was apparently to accommodate the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday and to not conflict with Sunday Night Football, which will be in full swing next month. Yeah, things are looking pretty bleak for television.

Host Seth Meyers may have phrased it best in his opening monologue:

“This year, we’re doing the Emmys on a Monday night in August, which if I understand television, means the Emmys are about to get canceled.”

Meyers actually didn’t do half bad hosting. His monologue had some great observations about the odd submissions this year like the Netflix hit show Orange is the New Black being submitted as a comedy,

“We had comedies that made you laugh, and comedies that made you cry, because they were dramas submitted as comedies.”

All in all, a solid job by Seth Meyers. He stuck to the jokes, and didn’t overstay his welcome.

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Bravo. I wish I could say the awards themselves were as entertaining.

Most people watching the Emmys already have a pretty good idea of what shows will do well. Breaking Bad is always a favorite in the drama category. Modern Family has done well in the past as far as comedies go, but I think all of us keep a little bit of hope that the slam dunk winners will be upset by a daring newcomer of a show, or even just a steady, consistently entertaining series.

Seeing something like Downton Abbey or True Detective win best drama would have been fun don’t you think? Or a comedy like Louie that’s the brainchild of one man, Louis C.K., who stars in the show as well as writes, directs, edits, and produces the episodes, finally getting the big win for best comedy. Sadly, none of that happened.

While shows like Fargo, True Detective, Sherlock, and Louie didn’t walk away empty handed, the big awards all went to the same shows and actors who have been winning them for years. Jim Parsons predictably won the award for lead actor in a comedy. This is his fourth consecutive win. Modern Family took the awards for best supporting actor (Ty Burrell) and best directing, and walked away with the outstanding comedy series Emmy for the fifth year in a row.

Breaking Bad swept the drama category with awards for both supporting actor (Aaron Paul) and actress (Anna Gunn), outstanding writing, lead actor (Bryan Cranston), his fourth win, and the award for outstanding drama series for the second year. Fan favorites like Mad Men, Orange is the New Black, and even Game of Thrones all walked away empty handed.

So the Emmys were predictable. There’s always next year. Breaking Bad will be out of the mix, which might open the door for a promising new show, maybe Mad Men will shine in its final season, or it might be the year that Netflix finally takes over the television game.

Whatever happens in the world of television over the next year, I think there’s one thing we can all agree on: Jon Hamm is never going to win for best actor in a drama. After losing seven times, it looks like Don Draper’s charms just won’t work on the Academy’s voters.