Monday, September 19, 2011


Emmys 2011: ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Mad Men’ big winners, Carrell snubbed again


The winners at Sunday’s 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
Drama Series: “Mad Men,” AMC.


Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife,” CBS.
Actor, Drama Series: Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights,” DirecTV/NBC.
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones,” HBO.
Supporting Actress, Drama Series:Margo Martindale, “Justified,” FX.
Writing, Drama Series: Jason Katims, “Friday Night Lights,” NBC.
Directing, Drama Series: Martin Scorsese, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.
Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.
Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS.
Actress, Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly,” CBS.
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series:Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC.
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, “Modern Family,” ABC.
Writing, Comedy Series: Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman, “Modern Family,” ABC.
Directing, Comedy Series: Michael Spiller, “Modern Family,” ABC.
Miniseries or Movie: “Downton Abbey” (“Masterpiece”), PBS.
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO.
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Barry Pepper, “The Kennedys,” ReelzChannel.
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (“Masterpiece”), PBS.
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO.
Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Brian Percival, “Downton Abbey” (“Masterpiece”), PBS.
Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey” (“Masterpiece”), PBS.
Reality-Competition Program: “The Amazing Race,” CBS.
Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central.
Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC.
Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central.



The 2011 Emmy Awards hosted by Jane Lynch brought out A-list celebrities, comedians and actors, but, for some, failed to create a unique experience from previous years. As Hank Steuver reported:
Watch enough awards shows (we all have) and you can tell almost from the first minute when one of these things is not going to achieve much lift and will instead turn into a three-hour watching chore. Like Sunday night’s Emmys on Fox, hosted through no lasting fault of her own by “Glee” star Jane Lynch.
Apparently constructed from loose scraps of somebody else’s Emmy shows, the year’s “biggest night in television” fell flat in writing, performance and imagination, except in the most fleeting moments. It’s bizarre how much effort goes into something that can seem so phoned-in: predictable awards, tongue-tied acceptance speeches, wan comedy bits. Is everybody jazzed about the new fall season yet?
“Mad Men” won its fourth Emmy in a row for outstanding drama series. Against all that other great stuff — “Friday Night Lights,” “Game of Thrones,” etc. That’s how boring this year’s Emmys were. Even Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men’s” usually prideful creator, had to fake his excitement. “Oh my goodness, I did not think that was going to happen,” he said, which is what every Emmy winner said. It’s like nobody wanted an Emmy.
The big winner of the night was “Modern Family,” ABC’s universally beloved comedy, which took outstanding comedy for the second year in a row, plus another four Emmys — for its writing and directing and also for supporting actor and actress Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, who, as the frequently frantic Phil and Claire Dunphy, are arguably the best players in one of television’s strongest and funniest ensembles. But all the awards and baseline acclaim can mean only one thing to TV’s most discerning (and finicky) viewers: We’re about half a season away from wondering whether “Modern Family” is still funny. Success is like that.

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