Neil Patrick Harris was almost legendary as host of the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Neil Patrick Harris was almost legend- … wait for it … and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant, because the second half of that word is "dairy" as host of the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Somehow, you knew that was coming, didn’t you?
Harris did a pretty good job as host, but the show itself was anything but legendary. Harris’ defeat for Best Supporting Comedy Actor by Jon Cryer of “Two And A Half Men” was a shock. I think most critics had Barney Stinson (Harris) winning the Emmy.
I figured “30 Rock” was a shoo-in for most of the awards, with the possible exception of Harris in the Best Supporting Actor role. Tina Fey is comedy gold right now, so you’d expect her to win.
I had this vision that if anyone could have stolen Fey’s thunder and captured the Emmy, it would have been Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I could almost see Tracy Morgan ambushing the stage and taking the mic from Dreyfus to say “Tina Fey gave one of the best performances of all time!”
But when they announced that Toni Collette had won, I thought for sure we’d see Wanda Sykes rush the stage to champion Dreyfus.
Collette is a terrific actress, but her win only made me believe that broadcast network TV life as we know it is about to change forever. Who even watches “The United States Of Tara”?
All was not lost for Fey, though. She won Best Guest for her spot-on portrayal of Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live.”
No one stood a chance against her Palin, not even Palin herself.
As for Alec Baldwin, he did take home the Best Actor nod for his role on “30 Rock.” I was sweating this category, too, considering Jim Parsons has become huge from “The Big Bang Theory.” I thought he might pull up an upset against Baldwin, but not this year.
“30 Rock” did capture a few Emmys, saving the best for last: Best Comedy Series. They had some interesting company in the category, including the likes of “Entourage,” “Family Guy,” “Flight Of The Concords,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Office” and “Weeds.”
Can you imagine if “Family Guy” would have won? I might have had to ambush the stage.
I do see the face of Emmy changing, though, more so in the drama categories. Most of the nominees for Best Drama came from cable programming, including “Big Love, “Breaking Bad,” “Damages, “Dexter” and “Mad Men.” “House” and “Lost” were the exceptions.
I’m a huge fan of “Lost,” so naturally I was rooting for them to win, but I recently purchased Seasons 1 and 2 of “Mad Men” to see what all the fuss is about.
“Mad Men” won Best Drama, although Jon Hamm lost for the second straight year to Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” in the Best Drama Actor category.
“Lost” pulled off an upset against “Mad Men” for Best Supporting Actor. Michael Emerson’s role as Benjamin Linus on “Lost” totally deserved to win.
Congrats also go out to Michael J. Fox for his win for Best Guest role on “Rescue Me.”
David T. Farr is a Sturgis Journal (Sturgis, Mich.) correspondent. E-mail him at email@example.com.