Emmy Awards Recap

By David Ryan

Oh, Conan.

You totally deserved it.

Unfortunately, Jon Stewart beat you to the trophy – “The Daily Show” got the Emmy statue for Outstanding Variety or Comedy Series.

Such letdowns were not uncommon throughout the 62nd Emmy telecast Sunday night, as Jimmy Fallon hosted amiably throughout the show.

In the opening sketch, the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” host met with the cast of “Glee.”

Together with Fallon, the cast decides to compete in a local choir competition to win their Emmy money.

Along the way, they run into “30 Rock” star Tina Fey, “Mad Men” star John Hamm and … Betty White.

Despite some solid, comedic performances – including the appearance of Jane Lynch in her Sue Sylvester guise and Hurley from “LOST” – White ruined it.

There’s only so much mileage the likable White will get from being the smutty old woman.

Fallon gave a unique approach to opening categories of the show – taking to the aisles with a guitar and some willing guest participants.

His funniest moment, and most poignant for NBC, questioning why he was hosting.

“Asking the host of ‘Late Night’ to host another show – what could possibly go wrong?” the host quipped. Pan camera to a bearded, slightly embarrassed Conan O’Brien.

As expected, “Mad Men” won best drama – to this day, I still haven’t seen a single episode through to the end.

“Modern Family” took home a well-deserved comedy win, being one of the smartest comedies I’ve seen in a while.

After lackluster seasons of “30 Rock” and “The Office,” “Modern Family” shined and connected with the audience so well in a short space of time.

It was a little odd that “Glee” didn’t win, considering it has spawned an entire music industry in itself – show covers of pop songs. Still, Lynch won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her cruel, cutting and incisive character Sylvester.

Of acting, Lynch said “We’re compelled to do it, because we love or it or because we have no marketable skills.”

Edie Falco beat out the lead actress in a comedy competition for her turn in “Nurse Jackie,” and delivered a brutally honest, yet strangely true line of “I’m not funny,” bewildered how she won. Falco is a fine actress – one who will live beyond her time in the excellent “The Sopranos,” but “Nurse Jackie” is not a comedy. In fact, I don’t really know what it is.

There were some technical sides that undermined the ceremony, however.

Providing color commentary throughout the evening, comedian John Hodgman attempted to make a few jokes but just sounded like a bad comic hijacking the ceremony airwaves.

“For those who don’t remember Fraggle Rock, it’s an incredibly powerful form of crystal meth,” Hodgman said of one award-winner’s background.

The much-hyped use of Twitter, too, was underplayed – odd comments, read from cue-cards, is an odd way to show social interaction: Why not show them on the big screens?

Fallon wasn’t as memorable as other hosts had been (O’Brien, cough) but showed he had some genuine enthusiasm for television’s biggest night.

It would be great to see him do it again, more relaxed and more experienced. Emmy organizers – give Fallon another shot. He deserves to be funnier.

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