- That Mad Men bit in the opener was hilarious. John Slattery trying to "watch TV" on his telephone? Awesome.
- The Night That Friday Night Lights Finally Got the Recognition It Deserved, Part I: The boys from FNL were represented in the opening musical number! And Michael B. Jordan was even shirtless! Nicely done, Emmys!
- Dear Julie Bowen: You are fabulous. Please eat a cookie.
- Julianna Margulies announced that she's the funniest woman on television. "It's true. Look it up," she deadpanned. How wonderful is she? I'm so amazed by her, I don't even care that her dress looked ridiculous.
- "Welcome back to the Modern Family awards!" But seriously. They went four for four in the first part of the ceremony.
- Jim Parsons from Big Bang Theory won again...Really? I mean, he's good, but not back-to-back wins good. (Full disclosure: I don't watch BBT, and I'm still bitter Community didn't get nominated.)
- Great idea having all the Comedy Lead Actress nominees come up on the stage together. It was like a comedy supernova! At first we all just thought Amy Poehler was being funny and weird getting up onstage.
- And the Emmy goes to...Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids! I mean, Mike & Molly! But really, that award was like 65% Bridesmaids, 25% Gilmore Girls, and 10% Mike & Molly. It's a good thing we all love her or we would have been annoyed that she won. She gave an adorable and tearful acceptance speech though, and was appropriately humble.
- I was dying during The Office mash-up segment. First Tom from Parks & Rec, then John Slattery! But the best was Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul delivering crystal meth to Creed. Can this please be an actual storyline on this season of The Office? Okay wait, I lied, the BEST best part was NATHAN F---ING FILLION. Mariska Hargitay and Cee Lo's The Voice-style swivel chair were pretty hilarious too. BRILLIANT.
- As much as I wanted one of the men from The Good Wife to win Supporting Actor (Drama) so that I could either a) listen to Alan Cumming speak in his beautiful accent, or b) stare at Josh Charles' beautiful face, I was pleased to see Peter Dinklage win for Game of Thrones because I think he really deserved it.
- Jon Stewart and I were totally on the same page regarding co-presenters Sofia Vergara and Rob Lowe procreating. They look great together, and their children would be adorable.
- The Night That Friday Night Lights Finally Got the Recognition It Deserved, Part II: FNL beat Mad Men in the Drama Writing category! WOOOOOOT!
- The Night That Friday Night Lights Finally Got the Recognition It Deserved, Part III: In a spectacular upset, Kyle Chandler won for Lead Actor in a Drama series for his fantastic performance in the final season of FNL. The best part (aside from the whole thing) was that former FNL costar Minka Kelly presented the award to Chandler. (Cue weeping.) Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose! (Note: This almost makes up for the Emmys' complete neglect of Fringe and Community. Almost.)
- "Everyone is curious about why I am a lesbian. Ladies and gentlemen, the cast of Entourage." -Jane Lynch
- Time for the mini series category...also known as, the part of the Emmys where I wrote most of this blog post. I don't usually care about the mini series portion of the awards at all, but if you put Matthew Macfadyen in any montage, it'll get my attention. (His mini series Pillars of the Earth is officially in my Netflix queue.) Also, I was glad that Maggie Smith won for Downton Abbey, because she is Maggie Smith and she's awesome.
- Melissa McCarthy and Amy Poehler presented the Lead Actor in a Mini Series award together, which in itself was a stroke of genius. They made a great joke about men on TV finally breaking through the glass ceiling and getting to play such rich, multi-dimensional characters. Ha! Well said, ladies. Loved it.
- Mad Men and Modern Family won for Best Drama and Comedy series, respectively. Raise your had if you were surprised... That's what I thought.
- Someday, I will make my own TV awards show, and the winners for Best Drama and Comedy series will be Fringe and Community EVERY YEAR. FOREVER.
The Secret Circle is The CW's attempt to replicate the tremendous success they've had with The Vampire Diaries. Based on a young adult fantasy series written by L.J. Smith (who also wrote the Vampire Diaries books), The Secret Circle is being produced by Kevin Williamson (who also produced The Vampire Diaries). Do you sense a pattern here? As you can see, the two shows share a common lineage both on the page and on the screen. Having watched the first episode (which you can download free on iTunes), here's my breakdown of this new paranormal teen drama...
It's that time of year again. A new crop of TV shows are on the horizon, and the possibilities are endless. Some will disappoint; some will rise beyond their expectations; some will thrive; and some will be canceled before they even have a chance to hit their stride. (With my luck, most of my favorite new shows will fall into the latter category.) But until mid-September when most new shows debut, all we can do is speculate. As of now, my TV schedule is already full to the brim, but that won't stop me from adding ten or so new shows to my plate, although the odds are at least one or two of them will be canceled by Christmas. So here are the new shows I'm most excited for in the upcoming fall TV season...