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2013 Emmy Wrap-up

Television
by Melissa Silverstein
September 23, 2013 12:00 PM
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Merritt Wever
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When did watching the Emmy's become so painful?  It wasn't that I was offended like I was at the last Oscar telecast, but I found the whole thing a bit of a bore.  I hate that they put in the dance numbers and then didn't let us hear the all the winners' thoughts. They started late because football ran right up to the start time and they were at least 10 minutes of commercials post football before the awards began. It just shows you were the true power of TV is today - sports.

I do have Neil Patrick Harris fatigue. His schtick is much better on the Tony Awards.

But there were some things to love. And the best of all was that the winners were unpredictable. Who would have thought the fantabulous Merritt Wever would win for Nurse Jackie?  Not even Merritt herself.  She was so stunned that she couldn't speak.  

Women won for comedic writing and directing. Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield took home the Emmy for 30 Rock making them only the 4th all woman team or solo writer to win for comedic writing, while Gail Mancuso won only the 2nd Emmy ever to be won by a woman directing a comedy series for her direction of Modern Family. Mancuso follows Betty Thomas, and Fey and Wigfield follow Fey, Diane English and Treva Silverman. In addition, Abi Morgan took home the miniseries writing award for the now cancelled, The Hour.

And this was clearly a big weekend for Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Her film Enough Said scored at the box office in limited release, and now she takes home her second Emmy for her amazing performance as Veep's Selina Meyer.

There was a bit of controversy over the Cory Monteith tribute by Jane Lynch. I understand why they wanted to do it. They want the show to relate to younger viewers and they also want his story to be a cautionary tale about an industry that still clearly has a big drug problem. The problem with relating to younger viewers is that they actually have to be watching your show to get the message and I could barely keep it on. So I doubt the young ones even bothered.

Other female winners included:

Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, "Homeland," Showtime.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad," AMC

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, "The Big C: Hereafter," Showtime

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, "Political Animals," USA

Bring on the new season.  I've already been pleased with Sleepy Hollow and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  The Monday night after the Emmys is always better than the Emmys. The shows are what I love, and I am already anticipating an exciting evening with Allison Janney in Mom and Toni Collette in Hostages.  

The full list of winners is here.

Primetime Emmys 2013: '30 Rock's' Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield And 'Modern Family's Gail Mancuso Set High Mark For Female Comedy Writers, Directors (Deadline)

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