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Liveblogging The 61st Primetime Emmys by Barbecue Bros
September 20, 2009, 8:31 pm
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I liveblogged the Oscars last year, but I’ll give it another shot for the Emmys.

8:05 – Nice opening number by NPH, and he is showing some good energy to open up the show

8:07 – Comedy is the first of five sections to the awards show tonight; why are they kicking the montage off with a “Family Guy” clip is beyond me

8:09 – Also they paid way more attention to “Two and a Half Men” in that montage than they should

8:12 – Holy cow, Kristin Chenoweth is an extremely wee person

8:20 – After what seemed like an unusually long commercial break, John Hodgman is introduced as the commentator for the evening and again fails to make me think he is a funny person

8:21 – Has Colby Smolders had trouble losing the baby weight? Still a little paunch to her, which is a bit disappointing…

8:22 – “30 Rock” wins the first award of what promises to be many tonight

8:25 – I’ve said it countless times, but why does Kevin Dillon still get nominated every year? Jon Cryer wins for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and yet again “Two and a Half Men” continues to get far more exposure than it ever should

8:34 – Why is JT nerding it up lately with the glasses? His hair is looking especially brillo pad-ish as well…

8:35 – Great reaction shot from Sarah Silverman; Toni Collette wins for “United States of Tara,” which is a bit unexpected to me

8:39 – Seriously, Blake Lively has such a great rack

8:40 – Is that the second Kanye West reference tonight? Let’s hope its the last, but I’m not holding my breath…

8:44 – Just popped over the Giants/Cowboys game during the commercial break and George W. Bush and John Madden are sitting together in a box watching the game; I would love to be a fly on the wall for those conversations

8:47 – Seriously, these commercials are insanely long

8:50 – Please no Charlie Sheen please no Charlie Sheen…alright well I’m ok with Alec Baldwin

8:51 – Alec Baldwin would apparently trade the statue to look like Rob Lowe…I mean Rob hasn’t aged a bit at least since Tommy Boy or possibly the mid 80’s, so I don’t blame him

8:53 – Ugh, more “Family Guy”, this clip is downright awful and about a minute too long

8:54 – On to the Reality section…or space, I can’t tell which

8:59 – Jeff Probst wins for Reality TV Show Host, out kiwi-ing fellow NZ-er Phil Keoghan from “Amazing Race”

9:06 – Is Tracy Morgan’s incoherence for real?

9:08 – “Amazing Race” wins for Best Reality Competition Program again, just as it does every year; nice joke by NPH re: the “upset”

9:10 – Moving on to Miniseries and Movies now; if there are just two Reality TV awards should it really be considered its own category?

9:13 – I’ve always thought that Shohreh Aghdashloo has a great accent

9:15 – Third Kanye West reference…le sigh

9:23 – I haven’t heard of 90% of the movies or miniseries in this category and by far, this is the least interesting part of the awards ceremony, but good to see Brendan Gleeson win for some movie I’ve never heard of

9:25 – Patricia Arquette was having none of the witty medium banter

9:26 – Oh wait, there is “Generation Kill” nominated – I’ve heard and seen that one!

9:28 – Dearbhla Walsh needs a better bra

9:30 – A Dr. Horrible sighting! And Captain Hammer!

9:32 – A little long, but a nice gag regarding the internet v. tv

9:50 – A few minutes behind due to a quick bathroom break, but heading into Variety with yet another montage

9:56 – The intros for the writers of the variety series are great – loved “The Daily Show” and Conan Facebook ones in particular

9:57 – Colbert has to be miffed about how he keeps losing to Stewart, but Stewart and his staff do deserve the Emmy

10:02 – Love the reaction shot of Steve Carell to Jimmy Fallon’s fall/auto-tune gag

10:05 – A healthy amount of self-deprecation in that acceptance speech right there

10:08 – Why doesn’t Ricky Gervais just go ahead and host one of these awards show already? He is completely awesome

10:17 – Lastly, Drama will bring us down the home stretch

10:20 – Michael Emerson with a well deserved win for Supporting Actor – though I would have loved to see John Slattery win

10:33 – Bill Compton got some highlights

10:34 – Is “Law & Order: SVU” the “30 Rock” for guest supporting actors in dramas?

10:36 – Is “Mad Men” the “30 Rock” for writing in dramas?

10:48 – Are black rimmed glasses the new Twitter or something?

10:49 – Hugh Laurie looked thrilled, then Brian Cranston takes home a rather surprising win for Lead Actor in a Drama – way to go, Dr. Tim Watley

10:55 – “30 Rock” wins Best Comedy, and Tina gets a zinger in about being “more expensive than a talk show”

10:56 – This whole “breakthrough performance of the year” voting thing was entirely anti-climactic

11:00 – Wow, the nominees for Best Drama really is a murder’s row

11:01 – “Mad Men” makes it two straight! January Jones looks super skinny

…and I’m out. Night!


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