63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Broadcast (2011)

 

Starring: Jane Lynch, Host

 

Genre: Award Shows

 

Best for: Adults

 

PopFam Rating: A bit underwhelming this year, and unnecessarily raw in content and tone.

 

Show Summary: Jane Lynch hosted the annual event when television congratulates itself for jobs well done. Aired: September 19, 2011.

 

The PopFam Review

 

If Modern Family or Mad Men are your favorite TV shows, you were probably thrilled with the results of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, which aired Sunday, September 19. But, if you love Two and a Half Men or The Big Bang Theory, you probably weren't so delighted.

 

Modern Family started out the evening by sweeping the first four awards: Best Supporting Actress (Julie Bowen), Best Supporting Actor (Ty Burrell), Best Director in a Comedy (Michael Spiller), and Outstanding Comedy Writing (Steve Levitan and Jeffrey Richman). Which led host Jane Lynch to comment, "Welcome to the 'Modern Family Awards'" Modern Family also closed the night by winning Best Comedy, winning every category for which they were nominated.

 

There wasn't really any other big winner of the night. It was great to see awards go to actors previously unrecognized for their TV work, like Melissa McCarthy, who won Leading Actress in a Comedy for her star turn in Mike and Molly. And it was gratifying to see others win after several years of nominations, like Kyle Chander of Friday Night Lights, who won Lead Actor in a Drama after 3 years of nominations. It was clear he was surprised by his win, beating out others like Steve Buscemi and Hugh Laurie, as he hadn't prepared a speech.

 

Other winners of the evening included Julianna Margulies for Best Actress-Drama (The Good Wife); Mad Men for Best Drama; Martin Scorsese won Best Director (Boardwalk Empire); The Daily Show With Jon Stewart won Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series; and Amazing Race was the best Reality Show.

 

Unfortunately, the best of the show came during the first hour. Ty Burrell's acceptance speech was quite entertaining, as he joked about how disturbed his father would be to see his son going to work in full make-up. And the sweetest was from Melissa McCarthy who was undoubtedly surprised at winning over more popular comics like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The actresses in this category had gathered on stage in a mock beauty contest, and they were all visibly happy for her win with much hugging and such going on--something you don't often see on most award shows.

 

Another thing you don't see on most award shows, but we did see here, were explicit songs such as, "I Just Had Sex," and "Three Way isn't Gay." So much for a family-friendly theme. I mean really, if you're going to air a show at 5pm on a Sunday night, it would be nice if it were something the whole family could watch together. Gay propaganda and sexual content are becoming fairly regular in television programming, (in theory at least) airing after the kids' bedtime. But, an Emmy awards show? Guess mom's got some 'splaining to do today.

 

While there were funny and touching moments during this year's Emmy's, overall, the show itself wasn't so great. Charlie Sheen's awkward gesture toward Two and a Half Men seemed insincere and staged, like he's finally figured out what kind of career suicide he committed and now selfishly wants all to be simply forgotten and forgiven. The "EmmyTones" (actors singing stupid jingles) were pathetic. I'm not sure who's idea that was, but it wasn't a good one. And Jane Lynch just wasn't all that funny as the host. Overall, while Lynch might have been less offensive than Ricky Gervais was at the Golden Globes, at least he gave us something to talk about the next day.

 

Here's hoping we have more to look forward to next year.

 

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RECAP: Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

 

JULIE BOWEN as Claire Dunphy

 

Modern Family (ABC)

 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

 

TY BURRELL as Phil Dunphy

 

Modern Family (ABC)

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

 

MICHAEL ALAN SPILLER, Directed by

 

Modern Family (ABC)

 

Halloween

 

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

 

STEVEN LEVITAN, Written by

 

JEFFREY RICHMAN, Written by

 

Modern Family (ABC)

 

Caught In The Act

 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

 

JIM PARSONS as Sheldon Cooper

 

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

 

MELISSA MCCARTHY as Molly Flynn

 

Mike & Molly (CBS)

 

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

 

THE AMAZING RACE (CBS)

 

Bertram van Munster, Executive Producer

 

Elise Doganieri, Executive Producer

 

Jerry Bruckheimer, Executive Producer

 

Jonathan Littman, Executive Producer

 

Mark Vertullo, Executive Producer

 

Evan Weinstein, Co-Executive Producer

 

Dan Coffie, Co-Executive Producer

 

Giselle Parets, Supervising Producer

 

Michael Norton, Supervising Producer

 

Barry Hennessey, Supervising Producer

 

Matt Schmidt, Supervising Producer

 

Patrick Cariaga, Supervising Producer

 

Phil Keoghan, Supervising Producer

 

Michael Miller, Supervising Producer

 

Bob Parr, Senior Producer

 

Neil Jahss, Senior Producer

 

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

 

STEVE BODOW, Head Writer

 

TIM CARVELL, Head Writer

 

RORY ALBANESE, Writer

 

KEVIN BLEYER, Writer

 

RICH BLOMQUIST, Writer

 

WYATT CENAC, Writer

 

HALLIE HAGLUND, Writer

 

JR HAVLAN, Writer

 

ELLIOTT KALAN, Writer

 

JOSH LIEB, Writer

 

SAM MEANS, Writer

 

JO MILLER, Writer

 

JOHN OLIVER, Writer

 

DANIEL RADOSH, Writer

 

JASON ROSS, Writer

 

JON STEWART, Writer

 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (COMEDY CENTRAL)

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

 

DON ROY KING, Directed by

 

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

 

Host: Justin Timberlake

 

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES

 

THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART (COMEDY CENTRAL)

 

Jon Stewart, Executive Producer/Host

 

Rory Albanese, Executive Producer

 

Josh Lieb, Executive Producer

 

Kahane Cooperman, Co-Executive Producer

 

Steve Bodow, Co-Executive Producer

 

Jennifer Flanz, Co-Executive Producer

 

Jim Margolis, Co-Executive Producer

 

Pamela DePace, Supervising Producer

 

Hillary Kun, Supervising Producer

 

Adam Lowitt, Supervising Producer

 

Jill Katz, Producer

 

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

 

JASON KATIMS, Written by

 

Friday Night Lights (DIRECTV)

 

Always

 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

 

MARGO MARTINDALE as Mags Bennett

 

Justified (FX NETWORKS)

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

 

MARTIN SCORSESE, Directed by

 

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

 

Boardwalk Empire (Pilot)

 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

 

PETER DINKLAGE as Tyrion Lannister

 

Game Of Thrones (HBO)

 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

 

JULIANNA MARGULIES as Alicia Florrick

 

The Good Wife (CBS)

 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

 

KYLE CHANDLER as Coach Eric Taylor

 

Friday Night Lights (DIRECTV)

 

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A MINISERIES,

 

MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL

 

JULIAN FELLOWES, Written by

 

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) (PBS)

 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 

IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE

 

MAGGIE SMITH as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

 

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) (PBS)

 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE

 

BARRY PEPPER as Bobby Kennedy

 

The Kennedys (REELZCHANNEL)

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES,

 

MOVIE OR A DRAMATIC SPECIAL

 

BRIAN PERCIVAL, Directed by

 

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) (PBS)

 

Part I

 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A

 

MINISERIES OR A MOVIE

 

GUY PEARCE as Monty Beragon

 

Mildred Pierce (HBO)

 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE

 

KATE WINSLET as Mildred Pierce HBO

 

Mildred Pierce (HBO)

 

OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR MOVIE

 

DOWNTON ABBEY (MASTERPIECE) (PBS)

 

Gareth Neame, Executive Producer

 

Rebecca Eaton, Executive Producer

 

Julian Fellowes, Executive Producer

 

Nigel Marchant, Producer

 

Liz Trubridge, Series Producer

 

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

 

MAD MEN (AMC)

 

Matthew Weiner, Executive Producer

 

Scott Hornbacher, Executive Producer

 

Andre Jacquemetton, Co-Executive Producer

 

Maria Jacquemetton, Co-Executive Producer

 

Dahvi Waller, Producer

 

Jonathan Abrahams, Producer

 

Dwayne Shattuck, Producer

 

Blake McCormick, Producer

 

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

 

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

 

Steven Levitan, Executive Producer

 

Christopher Lloyd, Executive Producer

 

Jeff Morton, Co-Executive Producer

 

Danny Zuker, Co-Executive Producer

 

Dan O’Shannon, Co-Executive Producer

 

Bill Wrubel, Co-Executive Producer

 

Paul Corrigan, Co-Executive Producer

 

Brad Walsh, Co-Executive Producer

 

Ilana Wernick, Co-Executive Producer

 

Jeffrey Richman, Co-Executive Producer

 

Abraham Higginbotham, Co-Executive Producer

 

--JW

 

with additional reporting by MN

 

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