Last Sunday was the 64th annual airing of the Primetime Emmy Awards on ABC. A step up from the last time ABC aired the awards, when they used five reality show hosts such as Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars), Jeff Probst (Survivor) and even Ryan Seacrest (American Idol), ABC chose to use their late night star Jimmy Kimmel and unsurprisingly the results were a lot more entertaining broadcast. Even though Kimmel hosted a entertaining broadcast you, like many Americans (and even me during commercial breaks) may have been glued to the Patriots-Ravens game and may have missed out on Television’s biggest award show. If you did but still want to catch up on what happened I have summed up the major events and awards into a simple list of winners and losers.
As I mentioned, Kimmel hosted a very entertaining broadcast. Other hosts, such as Fallon two years ago, may have had flashier openings but Kimmel’s monologue was funny, self-deprecating and walked the line perfectly celebrating TV’s finest without giving them too much to inflate their ego which is always a hit with audiences. With this successful hosting gig under his belt, recently hosting the white house correspondents dinner and his show moving into the competitive 11:30 p.m. slot come the first of the year, look for Jimmy Kimmel’s profile to grow rapidly in the coming months.
Bringing home the first Emmy for dramatic series to Showtime, the awards and somewhat shocking upsets didn’t stop there. Beyond upsetting “Mad Men” which would have taken home its fifth drama series award in five years, the show also took the best dramatic actor, actress and writing awards all categories with some of the strongest and most previously decorated nominees. I have only watched the pilot, but now with the rest of America, I will be frantically trying to catch up with now crowned “best drama in America.”
Winning her third Emmy for her third different show, Dreyfus was awarded Best Comedic Actress for portrayal of the Vice President in HBO’s “Veep.” An impressive feat to achieve, many would think her career was waning but this recognition could mean just the opposite.
Winning his second Dramatic Supporting Actor Emmy, Paul’s career is already impressive but full of even more potential. Although “Breaking Bad” ends next year, Paul, at the young age of 33, already has two Emmys so look for networks to fight over who gets the chance to premiere a show with Paul in the lead position.
Over the past five years AMC has cleaned up at the Emmys, but this year produced different results. Besides the previously mentioned Supporting Actor Award the network did not win with any of the other eight nominations they had. “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” launched a brand for AMC of producing the highest quality dramas, but these results may show that those shows are fading and with none of their new dramas such as “Hell on Wheels” and “Walking Dead” yet to break into the Emmy spotlight, the future may be bleak for the American Movie Channel.
Seemingly in the wrong category since it picked up three more awards on Sunday, including its third Best Comedy Series in three years, expect the critical backlash to be pretty rabid. Not a bad show in any respects but since the categories “Modern Family” consistently wins in are some of the most talent packed categories not having the love spread around will bring out critique of the awards from many in the industry and will be unfortunate for a perfectly funny show. Whereas “Homeland” will be heralded as a successful underdog, “Modern Family” will quickly be seen as the New York Yankees of contemporary comedy.
Besides “Modern Family” and a surprising win for John Cryer, the list of winners does not contain another major broadcast network. More specifically the highly coveted Best Drama didn’t even contain a nomination for one of the big four networks, and Best Comedy only contained one for “30 Rock” and NBC. In general looking over the list makes it easy to see dark times ahead for the networks and to see that the age of cable is not only coming but we might already be in the middle of it.
Donald Dimick is an Arts and Entertainment columnist for the Trinitonian. He is a senior communication major at Trinity University.