Newcomers injected fresh blood into this year’s Emmys (though no “True Blood.”). And there were plenty of shockers.
Actors from freshman shows “The Good Wife” (Archie Panjabi) and “Modern Family” (Eric Stonestreet) took home awards.
And right out of the gate in its first season, ABC’s “Modern Family” won an Emmy for best comedy. If the writers can keep it up, expect plenty more Emmys down the road.
Although none of the actors for “Mad Men” nabbed an Emmy, the show itself won best drama for the second year in a row.
In one of the biggest shockers, Edie Falco emerged as the best female actress in a comedy over previous winners such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tina Fey.
“I’m not funny,” said a truly dumbfounded Falco, who has won before in drama on “The Sopranos.”
And another surprise: “The Closer” star Kyra Sedgwick (above right) grabbed the best actress in a drama Emmy over favorite Julianna Margulies from “The Good Wife.” Atlanta-based TNT executives must have been thrilled. I’m fairly certain it’s the first time one of the network’s original scripted dramas has ever gotten a major Emmy award.
Jane Lynch was the most obvious (but well deserved) victor of the night for her hilariously sardonic cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on “Glee.” Her speech managed to fit in more words per minute than a standard auctioneer. Another expected winner for best actor in a comedy series was first-time nominated Jim Parsons for his delectably nerdy Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory.”
Aaron Paul took home best supporting actor in a drama for “Breaking Bad,” beating some heavyweights. And so did Bryan Cranston for best actor on the same show for the third year in a row.
Despite a decent final season, ABC’s “Lost” was shut out of the main categories. And I was sad to see neither Connie Britton or UGA grad Kyle Chandler (”Friday Night Lights”) in the victor’s circle.
New host Jimmy Fallon relied heavily on mildly amusing song spoofs to get him through the show. It was great to see Jorge Garcia as part of his “Glee” opening song and dance with the likes of Jon Hamm and Tina Fey. (No comment on Kate Gosselin.) Here was the opener, which was entertaining. Nina Dobrev, now a part-time Atlantan thanks to “Vampire Diaries,” joins the crew, too:
Best reality program went to “Top Chef” on Bravo, finally breaking the hegemony of “Amazing Race,” which had won the category every year since the Emmys created it. (Shut out as usual: “American Idol.”)
Atlanta-based Cartoon Network last week at the Creative Emmys won for outstanding short-format animated program for “Robot Chicken.”
Funniest line was from Ricky Gervais: “Mel Gibson has had a tough time of it.” Long pause. “Not as much as the Jews.”