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‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Modern Family’ Win Again at the 66th Emmys

Seth Meyers hosted the 66th Emmy Awards
on NBC on August 25, 2014. (NBC)
For the first time in 38 years, the 66th Emmy Awards was broadcast on a Monday night, and host Seth Meyers made a mention of this numerous times during his opening monologue. NBC made the decision not to air the special on a Sunday due to its commitment for Sunday Night Football and not to compete with MTV’s Video Music Awards among other things. It will be interesting to see how the switch will affect this year’s ratings compared to others.

During the last few years, the Emmys have been trying to change its image as a stuffy and/or boring award show. This year’s special played out more like an extended viewing of the Late Night with Seth Meyers or Saturday Night Live with short comedy bits with former SNL members. This wasn’t a bad thing, but perhaps a little too “insider” for a show that is supposed to celebrate all types of TV.

Though everyone was dressed to the nines, most of those in attendance seemed ready to joke around. Fortunately, not too many off-colored jokes were told and the music was a lot more playful than usual, playing a number of former TV show theme songs, though I doubt that younger viewers recognized many of them. Speaking of which, one of the best moments was a music compilation of current instrumental theme songs with new lyrics written and sung by Weird Al Yankovich.

Not shocking at all was the number of awards that Breaking Bad won including Outstanding Lead Actor (Bryan Cranston), Best Supporting Actress (Anna Gunn), Best Supporting Actor (Aaron Paul), Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Drama Series. Nor was it a surprise that the ABC comedy, Modern Family won again for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Ty Burrell), Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Comedy Series. What was surprising was that PBS’ Sherlock won three awards for Outstanding Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special including Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Outstanding Supporting Actor (Martin Freeman) who won out over Joe Montello, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer and Alfred Molina who were all nominated for their roles in, The Normal Heart, which won the category for Outstanding Movie.


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