Emmy Awards: Chris Beachum’s good, bad and ugly

Neil Patrick Harris is one of the most engaged and active producers in the awards show business. He moved things along quickly (the show was only over time by about six minutes) and even poked fun of himself with the filmed piece about his addiction to hosting.

The surprise wins (Ellen Burstyn, Jeff Daniels, Tony Hale, Merritt Wever, “The Colbert Report,” “The Voice“). Not saying I agreed with all of them and certainly not happy about my predictions score, but it is very refreshing.

The opening montage was OK, but the first stage bit with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Conan OBrien, Kevin Spacey, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey was unbelievably funny and unexpected.

The standing ovation for winner Bob Newhart, with a special assist from Jim Parsons who informed the audience this was the first-ever win for the TV icon.

Great speeches by Colbert, Daniels, Fey, Michael Douglas, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (with Hale by her side).

The funny presenter team of Will Arnett and Margo Martindale.

The five memorial tributes to James Gandolfini, Gary David Goldberg, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton, and Jonathan Winters were touching and very well-produced.

Breaking Bad” is not my cup of tea, but I do understand how massively popular it is right now with critics and the public. For that reason, I am glad it finally won as Best Drama Series.

I liked and appreciated the choreography feature, but the other production number was simply not necessary in an over-stuffed show.

Modern Family” winning a fourth Best Comedy Series trophy puts it in elite company with “All in the Family,” “Cheers,” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” It has not earned that status IMO. But voters did not have a really good viable alternative.

No-show winners David Fincher and Laura Linney.

I love Will Ferrell, and he actually was great on stage, but he had no business presenting the top two and final categories of the night. Those should only be offered to TV legends.

Another person I really enjoy is Elton John, but this performance of a new song seemed out of place on the Emmys.

The pre-taped inserts of nominated writers and directors answering questions are getting old at this stage. They are time wasters.

This year’s “In Memoriam” segment was one of the worst I have seen on an awards ceremony. It was strictly black-and-white photos (some quite bad), when it should have been short clips. Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman were completely overshadowed, despite incredible TV careers.

The Carrie Underwood musical tribute to 1963 was not very good.

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