COMMENTARY | Despite an auditorium full of Hollywood's hottest performers, the 63rd Prime Time Emmy Awards still was lacking in overall excitement. Jane Lynch had her moments, and her opening musical number - as long as it was - did too.
For a while in the beginning, I thought it was going to be a "Modern Family" Emmy Awards program, but the show only took home five Emmys - there were plenty more for others. I'm not a viewer of that show, but evidently the rest of the country is. They cleaned up with the Outstanding Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Writer and Best Comedy Series. Wow! That's a haul by anyone's standard. I nearly spewed my iced tea across the room when Lynch came back from a commercial break and announced "Welcome back to the 'Modern Family' awards." Now that was funny TV!
Charlie Sheen's appearance on stage as presenter was initially awkward, but he was ever so professional as he wished his former show a great success in the upcoming season. The audience seemed to be waiting for a punch line, but Sheen left his congratulations stand without insult or slap. Good for him.
The absolute highlight of the night was the whole Lead Actress in a Comedy nomination. The first nominee - Amy Poehler - marched right up on stage, creating a beauty pageant moment as each of her fellow nominees joined her. It was great TV, planned in advance, I'm sure, but it totally worked! And when "Mike & Molly's" Melissa McCarthy won, she was crowned complete with tiara and bouquet of roses. McCarthy's acceptance speech was from the heart and perfect for the whole set up. Did they know in advance? Hmmm....
The EmmyTones? Seriously? They were awful! It was ridiculously distracting. Zachary Levi, Cobie Smulders, Taraj Henson, Kate Flannery, Wilmer Valderrama and Joel McHale need to fire whichever agent talked them into doing that. It was such weird filler - and they truly cannot sing together at all - that I'd strike that from my acting resume if I were them.
The Canadian Tenors gave a moving rendition of "Hallelujah" during the In Memoriam tribute to those who passed away since last year's show.
Even with the TelePrompter blooper at the end, the show managed to entertain more than disappoint. Jane Lynch: You did good, girl!
- Jane Lynch