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2008 Emmy Awards Wrap-Up

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Yup, last night’s Emmy’s, not much different than years gone by. Except that it was a little better. For one thing, they actually wrapped it up right on time. For another, they got most of the awards right, from all the John Adams love to Alec Baldwin to the surprising but deserved win for Bryan Cranston, “30 Rock” and “Mad Men,” etc. Of course, there were a couple of wins that were off, but none of them were “you’ve got to be fucking kidding me” things — “The Amazing Race” shouldn’t have beat out “Top Chef” this season, and while Zeljko Ivanek was good on “Damages,” his costar Ted Danson was better, and Jeremy Piven maybe shouldn’t have even been nominated this year.

As for the show itself, there were a few decent bits, like Ricky Gervais, Stewart and Colbert, and Conan’s blessed slam of Skank Cancer. Of course, there were also some fucking train wrecks, some well-intentioned (the “Laugh-In” bit) and some just, uhm, fucking terrible (I’m looking right at you, “Desperate Housewives” women). The five-host orgy was a fucking mess, but whatever with all that, because the honorary Emmy to Tom Smothers was sweet, and we were again reminded that Don Rickles is the man.

If you missed the show and somehow haven’t seen the winners, here’s a rundown on some of what brought home some gold last night. And if you didn’t say all you need to say on last night’s open thread, feel free to sound off some more….

Best Comedy: “30 Rock”

Lead Actress in a Comedy: Tina Fey

Lead Actor in a Comedy: Alec Baldwin

Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Jean Smart

Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Jeremy Piven

Comedy Writing: Tina Fey (“30 Rock”)

Best Drama: “Mad Men”

Lead Actress in a Drama: Glenn Close

Lead Actor in a Drama: Bryan Cranston

Supporting Actress in a Drama: Dianne Wiest

Supporting Actor in a Drama: Zeljko Ivanek

Drama Writing: Mathew Weiner (“Mad Men”)

Best Made for TV Movie: Recount

Best Miniseries: John Adams

Lead Actress in a Miniseries/Movie: Laura Linney

Lead Actor in a Miniseries/Movie: Paul Giamatta

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries/Movie: Eileen Atkins

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries/Movie: Tom Wilkinson

Writing for a Miniseries/Movie: Kirk Ellis (John Adams)

Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Daily Show”

Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Don Rickles (natch)

Variety, Music or Comedy Program Writing: Many folks (“The Colbert Report”)

Reality Competition Program: “The Amazing Race”

Reality TV Host: Jeff Probst




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