Emmys 2012: Charles Bright’s good, bad & ugly

The 2012 Emmys came on Sunday night and now we are left to digest what went well and what is making our stomachs ache. Here’s my take on what happened.

Homeland” as the big winner brought something truly new to the table for the Emmys. The wins may not have been what I wanted, but were well deserved nonetheless.

The “Modern Family” skit about the girl who plays Lily was completely hysterical. It’s always funny to have a little child be a complete devil, but throwing in a slightly racist bit with Ken Jeong from “Community” was genius!

While I was devastated that Giancarlo Esposito lost, his reaction to his “Breaking Bad” costar, Aaron Paul, taking the prize was actually really nice. Minutes later, Esposito had the usually meaningless task of introducing the winners of the guest categories, but he still had a big smile on his face and seemed truly happy to be there. Way to keep your spirits up Giancarlo!

The “Breaking Bad” segment was funny, although I thought it would have been better to have Dean Norris play the Don Knotts role since he’s the law enforcement part of the show.

The speech by Eric Stonestreet was nice to watch since he paid tribute to his “Modern Family” on-screen husband, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and said that there is no Cameron without Mitchell. Amen to that.

Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon tackling Jon Stewart on his way to collect his 10th Emmy for Variety Series.

Kevin Costner winning Best Movie/Mini Actor for “Hatfields and McCoys.” 

Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey as presenters.

The photographers taking pictures of winners right after their speech was a real nice touch. 

Wins by Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men“) and Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey“). Cryer might have had a good tape, but the show should go the way of Old Yeller, without all the compassion in taking it out.

Jimmy Kimmel’s hosting wasn’t bad, but it was average. Hopefully, with CBS having the ceremony next year, the network will return to their winning formula of having Neil Patrick Harris host.

The Josh Groban bit fell completely flat to me.


Mad Men” still has yet to win a single acting award after 25 acting nominations.

Matthew Perry as a presenter was the worst of the worst.

No Neil Patrick Harris as a presenter.

The use of presenters to have stars promote new shows is absolutely tiring to me. Emmy producers should concentrate on getting people up there who will make the presentation enjoyable.


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