The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards last night proved that the broadcast networks really have no part in this so-called new ‘Golden Age of Television.’ Instead, it is HBO’s world and the network cemented its status as the premiere home for the best television. Everyone else is just an also-ran.
While other networks did win some awards last night, HBO took home all three big awards that were handed out last night. After four seasons, Veep finally kicked Modern Family to the curb and won Outstanding Comedy Series. Game of Thrones kept Mad Men from winning a fifth Emmy for Drama Series. Frances McDormand’s Olive Kitteridge won six of the seven awards in the Limited Series/Movie categories.
None of this was actually that surprising. (OK, anyone who hadn’t seen Olive Kitteridge was probably surprised that it won six awards.) The Emmys needed to recognize that ABC’s Modern Family is nowhere near as good as it used to be and, considering all the love that Veep had been shown before, it seemed like the obvious next winner. Game of Thrones had yet to win Drama Series and, admittedly, Mad Men did win four already. It was about time GOT was recognized, even if it wasn’t for one of its best years.
Last night also saw Amazon become a legitimate player. While the Emmys and Golden Globes rarely match-up, Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor repeated his Globe win at the Emmys. Creator Jill Soloway also won for her directing. Amazingly, this is the third consecutive year that a woman has won the Comedy Directing award. (Modern Family’s Gail Mancuso had won the award for the past two years.)
Netflix didn’t have a great night, but Uzo Aduba did go in the history books for winning Supporting Actress in a Drama for Orange is the New Black. She won Supporting Actress in a Comedy last year, since OITNB was still considered a comedy at the time. She joins Ed Asner as the only two people to win Emmys for playing the same role in a comedy and drama.
Also not having a great night: the broadcast networks. Fox not winning anything on the night it hosted the show wasn’t too much of a surprise. However, only four awards all night went to any of the major networks. ABC won two, with Viola Davis becoming the first African American actress to win Lead Actress in a Drama for How To Get Away With Murder. Regina King also won Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/Movie for her role in John Ridley’s anthology series American Crime.
NBC’s one award was for The Voice, which won Reality-Competition program. Yes, Parks and Recreation’s final season was shut out, but Amy Poehler didn’t care. She still won the night with her hoodie and shades.
Allison Janney won CBS’ only award for her supporting role on Mom. Amazingly, this was her seventh Emmy win.
Comedy Central’s night was huge, with Jon Stewart getting a real going away present. The Daily Show won three Emmys. Inside Amy Schumer won Variety Sketch Series, providing Amy Schumer with another fantastic feather in her cap for a stellar 2015.
Lastly, Jon Hamm did indeed finally get Mad Men’s first ever acting Emmy for the show’s last seven episodes. It was a bit sad that he had to wait so long, but at least he won’t end up like Steve Carell, who never won for The Office. If you didn’t think Hamm did anything great in the last part of Mad Men, you can always think of this win as an award that represents all of his amazing work on Matthew Weiner’s show.
Overall, the ceremony wasn’t packed with surprises, but at least there weren’t any really head-scratching wins. But it’s becoming obvious that HBO might want to host the Emmys with all these wins piling up.
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