Neil Patrick-Harris did a great job hosting this year’s Emmys, starting with a fun opening that included binge watching the whole year on TV and then fighting with past hosts which led to a brilliant nod to “House of Cards” with Kevin Spacey. He then kept the show moving for three hours.
However,the reason I loved this year’s Emmys was because of the achievements in television that were honoured.
Tony Hale winning for “Veep” was such a joy to see as he gave two of the greatest supporting performances of the year with this show and “Arrested Development.” Following that up with a deserved repeat win by “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus led to the funniest acceptance speech of the night as Hale, in character, joined her on stage to feed her names to thank.
“Breaking Bad” breaking into the drama series winner’s club just had to happen. Not winning after five bids would have been one of Emmy’s biggest crimes. Now it can rightfully take its place alongside “The Sopranos,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men.”
After a decade-long winning streak for “The Daily Show”, “The Colbert Report” was finally able to take the variety series gong. It seems so right that after years of brilliant satire Stephen Colbert was the one who was finally able to break his parent show’s stranglehold on the category.
While there has been far from universal acclaim for “The Newsroom,” it is difficult to deny the incredible performance by Jeff Daniels. It was great to see him win a category which has been somewhat uncomfortable with sharing the love around.
However, not every victory was inspiring this year. “Modern Family” winning again for comedy series was a stale choice and it was disappointing to see it join the likes of “Cheers” and “All in the Family” as a four-time champ.
And choosing to showcase others ahead of the late Jack Klugman was nonsensical. In his five decades on TV, he won an Emmy for a dramatic role on “The Defenders” and Best Comedy Actor twice for “The Odd Couple” and reaped 10 bids in all.