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The Emmys: Hoping for a big Baltimore night

I am going to be writing a rolling post of tonight's Emmy telecast with a focus on Baltimore winners (I hope). So keep refreshing and/or checking back once the action starts at 8.

I liked the Glee-like opening -- terrific energy. Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Jane Lynch, Jon Hamm. Lots of fun. Way to go, Jimmy. Even Kate Gosselin couldn't down it.


Good Conan O'Brien joke right off the bat: "NBC asking a latenight host to come to Los Angeles and host a show, what could go wrong?"

Glad they didn't do a traditional monologue. TThe formula is dead for awards shows. Time to let it go.


Okay, Eric Stonestreet, of "Modern Family, wins first award of the night for best supporting actor in comedy. "Modern Family" is the show that numbers two Baltimore natives among its cast and crew: Jason Winer as director and an executive producer and Julie Bowen, who is up for best supporting actress. We've been all over this show since before its premiere last fall, so I'm calling this one for Baltimore.

Wow, "Modern Family" beat "Glee" for best writing for a comedy series -- Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd. Does this mean the comedy awards are going to "Modern Family" instead of Glee"? Shout out to Winer, and nice camera shot of Bowen as executive producer thanks crew.

Jane Lynch, from "Glee," wins best supporting actress in a comedy over Bowen. But Bowen herself predicted it in a Sun interview last week. Everyone believed Lynch would win for the Madonna video re-creation in which she was featured. So, maybe it will be "Glee" and "Modern Family" going back and forth all night in the comedy category.

Ryan Murphy, of "Glee," gets the Emmy for direction beaating out Winer. Back and forth, two for "Glee," and two for "Modern Family."

"'Glee' is about the importance of arts education, so I would like to dedicate this to all my teachers," Murphy said. Good for him.

Bowen gets to play a brief skit with George Clooney. That might be better than winning the Emmy. Bowen's getting lots of screen time.

Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory," wins best lead actor in a comedy series, and Edie Falco, of "Nurse Jackie," wins her fourth Emmy for best lead actress in a comedy series.

"Top Chef" takes the reality-competition Emmy. I can live with that.


Baltimore-born Matthew Weiner, the creator of "Mad Men," shares the writing award for drama with Erin Levy. That's a win for Baltimore.

Aaron Paul, from "Breaking Bad," wins best supporting actor for drama. Archie Panjabi wins best supporting actress in a drama. She's from the CBS drama, "The Good wife," a terrific series. I am glad to see a network drama standing up to the cable shows that have so dominated this category in recent years.

Tell me how Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," wins for a third consecutive time.

Steve Shill, from "Dexter," wins for best direction in a drama series.

I am enjoying Fallon's musical numbers. They are not through-the-roof terrific, but they are okay. Fallon's doing much better than I thought he would in this role. so far, I think he's been an okay choice to host.

The tweets are lame. Nice idea, but it is not translating to the broadcast. Maybe next year they'll get an interactive element right.


Wow, Krya Sedgwick wins best lead actress in a drama for her work in TNT's "The Closer." She's great, but I never expected it. This is her first Emmy win.

The Emmy for outstanding writing for variety, music or comedy special goes to The 63rd annual Tony Awards." Good choice. Anything to keep the Tonys on TV.

Baltimore Friends School graduate Bucky Gunts won for best direction of a variety, music or comedy special for his work on the opening of thew Winter Olympics. I have to go and write a print story. You are on your own for a while.

"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" rightfully wins outstanding variety, music or comedy series.

Will stop back later....after print story finished.....

It's later: "Mad Men" won best drama, and "Modern Family" won best comedy. Both have strong Baltimore ties.


Matthew Weiner, creator of "Mad Men," was born here at Johns Hopkins Hospital and went to Park School. Baltimore Friends School graduate Jason Weiner is director and an executive producer on "Modern Family."

The telecast ended with Bowen and Winer front and center onstage at the end of the telecast as "Modern Family" was honored as best comedy. A nice Baltimore ending.

Read a version of the print story here.