63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

The primetime Emmy awards celebrate nothing but TV and is pegged as TV’s biggest night.  This year the show was hosted by Glee star Jane Lynch (the show aired on FOX) and she did a bang up job.  

The night kicked off with a song and dance number featuring Jane and a bunch of stars from other shows as she sang about the fabulousness that is Television.   The singing continued with the “Emmytones” a singing group made up of actors Zachary Levi, Cobie Smulders, Taraji P. Henson, Kate Flannery, Wilmer Valderrama, and Joel McHale.  The Emmytones sang the intro into each award category (Comedy, Drama, Reality/Variety & Mini-Series/Movie).   Viewers also saw The Lonely Island perform some of their hits with Michael Bolton and Akon and tenor group “The Canadian Tenors” performed “Hallelujah” for the In Memoriam.

Onto the winners – in Comedy it was “Modern Family” night as their swept their category winning every award they were nominated in.  Over in Reality/Variety, Daily Show with Jon Stewart picked up its 9th award for Outstanding Series along with the award for Outstanding Writing.  Drama category held a good mix of winners with two wins for fan favorite “Friday Night Lights” including Outstanding Lead Actor for Kyle Chandler.  It was the night for both “Downton Abbey” and “Mildred Pierce” as they ruled the Mini-Series/Movie category.  

Some of the twists this year was Charlie Sheen who came to present Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.  In what seemed heart felt, Sheen wished the best of luck to the cast and crew of “Two and a Half Men”.  What might have been the best bit was when the nominees for Comedy Best Lead Actress all went up on stage as their name was called via Miss America style.  When Melissa McCarthy was named the winner, she was even crowned.

Overall it was a great night for TV.  See the full list of winner below.


Outstanding Series – Modern Family

Outstanding Actor – Jim Parsons for Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Actress – Melissa McCarthy for Mike & Molly

Outstanding Supporting Actor  – Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Outstanding Supporting Actress  – Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

Outstanding Directing – Michael Alan Spiller (Modern Family)

Outstanding Writer – Steven Levitan & Jeffery Richman (Modern Family)


Outstanding Reality Competition Program – Amazing Race

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series – Daily Show with John Stewart

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series – Don Roy King for Saturday Night Live

Outstanding for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series – Daily Show with Jon Stewart


Outstanding Drama Series – Mad Men

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series – Jason Katims for Friday Night Lights

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Margo Martindale (Justified)

Outstanding Directing – Martin Scorsese (Boardwalk Empire)

Outstanding Supporting Actor – Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

Outstanding Lead Actress – Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)

Outstanding Lead Actor – Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)

Mini-Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

Outstanding Writing for Mini-Series, Movie or Dramatic Special – Julian Fellowes (Downtown Abbey)

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey )

Outstanding Lead Actor – Barry Pepper (The Kennedy’s)

Outstanding Directing  – Brian Percival (Downton Abbey)

Outstanding Supporting Actor – Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce)

Outstanding Lead Actress – Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)

Outstanding Mini-Series or Movie – Downton Abbey


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