You know who they should get to host next time, if they're not going to ask Hugh Laurie? Wayne Brady. Either that or Rainn Wilson, because their bit with Kanye West was pretty much the only scripted moment worth a damn. If it hadn't been for the awesome impromptu Stewart/Colbert/Carell threeway I would write the whole broadcast off as a complete waste of my time.
I am a little happy for 30 Rock, though. If it's not going to be The Office, then 30 Rock definitely deserves it.
Since the Television Academy is so obviously on crack, this year I decided not to bother with predictions and instead made up my own Emmy nominees and winners.
I expanded the supporting actor/actress nominees, because I don't think it's fair that so many shows have only one lead but half a dozen incredibly talented supporting cast members. And i put Gilmore Girls back into comedy so it'd have a better chance.
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
The Office, "The Job"
Scrubs, "My Musical"
30 Rock, "Cleveland"
Ugly Betty, Pilot
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Ken Kwapis. I mean, obviously.
Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Battlestar Galactica, "Exodus, Part 2"
Friday Night Lights, Pilot
Friday Night Lights, "State"
Lost, "Through the Looking Glass"
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Peter Berg, for the most beautifully shot pilot since Lost went on the air.
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
30 Rock, "Fireworks"
Dave Finkel, Brett Baer
How I Met Your Mother, "Slap Bet"
The Office, "Beach Games"
Jennifer Celotta, Greg Daniels
The Office, "The Negotiation"
Scrubs, "My Road to Nowhere"
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Jen Celotta and Greg Daniels. It was a tough call, but the subtlety of this script just can't be beat.
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
Battlestar Galactica, "Occupation/Precipice"
Ronald D. Moore
Friday Night Lights, "Blinders"
Carter Harris, Bridget Carpenter
Heroes, "Six Months Ago"
Aron Eli Coleite
Lost, "Greatest Hits"
Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis
The Riches, "Cinderella"
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Carter Harris and Bridget Carpenter, but it was a close one. If I was allowed one tie, I'd give it to both FNL and The Riches.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Zach Braff, Scrubs
Steve Carell, The Office
Jason Lee, My Name Is Earl
James Roday, Psych
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Steve Carell. I mean, Alec Baldwin's amazing, but come on, it's Steve Carell.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Eddie Izzard, The Riches
Hugh Laurie, House
David Tennant, Doctor Who
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Kyle Chandler, hands down.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Lauren Graham, because it's her last shot at some recognition for all the amazing work she's done on this show.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars
Connie Briton, Friday Night Lights
Minnie Driver, The Riches
Mary McDonnell, Battlestar Galactica
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Minnie Driver. I wanted to give it to Connie Briton, really I did. But Minnie Driver is just sooooo gooooood.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Ed Helms, The Office
Justin Kirk, Weeds
John Krasinski, The Office
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
John C. McGinley, Scrubs
Ethan Suplee, My Name is Earl
Rainn Wilson, The Office
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Aaargh, this is hard. But I guess it's gonna have to be Neil Patrick Harris.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Enrico Colantoni, Veronica Mars
Nate Corddry, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Michael Emerson, Lost
Zach Gilford, Friday Night Lights
Gregg Henry, The Riches
T.R. Knight, Grey’s Anatomy
Masi Oka, Heroes
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Zach Gilford. I wanted to give it to Enrico Colantoni, but this season just didn't give him much to do and Gilford is fantastic on Friday Night Lights.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Jenna Fischer, The Office
Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men
Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother
Angela Kinsey, The Office
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Jenna Fischer. No contest.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Katherine Heigl, Grey's Anatomy
Tricia Helfer, Battlestar Galactica
Margo Martindale, The Riches
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Adrianne Palicki, Friday Night Lights
Katee Sackhoff, Battlestar Galactica
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Adrianne Palicki. Chandra Wilson's fantastic, but this wasn't her best season and Palicki just got better and better as the season played out.
Outstanding Comedy Series
How I Met Your Mother
My Name Is Earl
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... The Office. Duh.
Outstanding Drama Series
Friday Night Lights
AND THE EMMY GOES TO... Friday Night Lights. Without question, the best drama on television last season.