Which Emmy Winners won with a bad episode?

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  • Karl William
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    We all know that the episode submissions don’t always come into play. So what Emmy winners won without having a good episode to back them up?

     

    Most recently all I could think of is Archie Panjabi who submitted “Hi” and Aaron Paul who submitted “Half Measures”.

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    Trent
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    Oh what a fun topic! My personal favorite is:

     

    Jon Cryer: “Sir Lancelot’s Literbox” (he most likely won because he directed the episode and had lots of slapstick)

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    Karl William
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    Yeah, I was surprised no one thought of it before.

    Just thought of another. Felicity Huffman who submitted the pilot. She didn’t have much to do, but I think since she had the other two episodes from Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross she had the edge.

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    Christian Price
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    Just last year, Bryan Cranston won with an episode in which he was only in fifteen minutes of! The worst part of it is that he beat Hugh Laurie and Michael C. Hall who had FAR better tapes with FAR better performances than his.

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    Matt Noble
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    G’Day,

    I think it’s a bit unfair to say Cranston and Paul had BAD tapes last year. Arguably not the best but these were for mind still really strong performances from two amazing actors.

     

    My least favourite is Katherine Heigel’s winning tape from Grey’s Anatomy. I just think it was hammy and average acting. However, still think she won on tape, since it had a lot of over-the-top crying and emotion I can see how some people would have voted for it. 

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    Matt Noble
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    Actually just to add the really bad one that makes no sense was the Daily Show’s episode on Roland Martin’s ascot that won them series last year. I love the Daily Show but that episode was just not that funny and so average as well as a bit too impressed with their jokes, I have no idea how it won.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Actually just to add the really bad one that makes no sense was the Daily Show’s episode on Roland Martin’s ascot that won them series last year. I love the Daily Show but that episode was just not that funny and so average as well as a bit too impressed with their jokes, I have no idea how it won.

     

    I’m certain the “Daily Show” producers must have thrown that race. Jon Stewart didn’t even show up to the ceremony. I think they wanted to forfeit the award to “The Colbert Report” for its Iraq trip. Or else let Conan take it for his “Tonight Show” swan song. And then of course the Betty White “SNL.” I don’t think “Daily Show” producers could possibly have thought that was their best show (they could have gone with Jon Stewart’s prolonged Glenn Beck impersonation). They shouldn’t have won for it, but I think the fault belongs entirely to Emmy voters, who voted for the show regardless of the clearly, objectively superior submissions from the other shows.

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    AntiDentite
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    Ok, I’m going to have to completely disagree that Half Measures was in any way a “bad” tape. Go rewatch the tape and tell me he’s not great in it… Honestly, I thought it was a better decision than One Minute which everyone else thought he should pick (he only had two scenes). And really, I think most people agreed he deserved to win.

    And Craonston was pretty darn good in Full Measures, and he had a bit more than 15 minutes… 

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    Richard LeBeau
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    For me, the most obvious example is Megan Mullally for the series finale of “Will & Grace.”  It is the single worse episode the series ever produced and the worst series finale of any show that I have ever seen.  Mullally is a comic genius but I refuse to believe that voters actually watched the tapes and voted for that.  

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    Tony Ruiz
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    Wow Rich…I thought I was alone in that opinion…but I totally agree.

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    sandeepmanral
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    Sir Lancelot’s Litter Box

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    David Buchanan
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    I too love Megan Mullally, but HATED the Will and Grace finale; that being said, her win, in my eyes was a reward for a series of excellent (and unrewarded) work and truth be told she was the one good part of that finale…

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    blueprint
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    I didn’t hate the finale of W&G. I think it was unexpected, brave and to be honest very real. Not all friendships hold forever, even such a close bond as the one of Will & Grace. It may be bitter but it happens, that’s life. However I though Karen and Jack weren’t done justice with the finale. But that was probably because there were still plans for a J&K spin-off at the time. Therefore I have to agree the finale wasn’t a very good tape for Mullaly.

     

    If we’re talking about wins for bad submissions The Simpsons HAVE to be mentioned. Basically any win of the last decade, maybe with the exception of Three Gays of the Condo, was mediocre at best. And I’m a fan of the seasons of the early 2000’s. They really could have submitted better every year.

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    Morgan Henard
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    Easy. Alec Baldwin on his second win for “30 Rock.” What an absolute joke of an episode. 

    –Morgan 

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    psychadelicboy33
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    Easy. Alec Baldwin on his second win for “30 Rock.” What an absolute joke of an episode. 

    –Morgan 

     

    I completely disagree, that episode is one my favorites in 30 Rock history and even though he’s not in it mostly he dominates that one therapy seen. i like it more compared to his third season submission.

     

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