Who is doing the audio for this Fox telecast? It's awful -- up and down, in and out.
Burrell won the next Emmy of the night, for best supporting actor in a comedy series. His speech was longer than Bowen's, and I am not quite sure what he was trying to say. But it had a lot to do with gender.
According to AP: "The actor was to be part of an opening video for Sunday night's ceremony airing on Fox, a News Corp.-owned network. But he tweeted before the awards that the network had killed his joke about the hacking scandal in Britain involving the now-closed News of the World tabloid. Fox said it believed the joke was inappropriate to make in light of an issue being taken very seriously by the company."
After the first commercial break, Lynch greeted viewers saying, "Welcome back to the 'Modern Family' awards." Lynch was up against Bowen, by the way, and Lynch was the favorite to win.
Charlie Sheen came on as a presenter and said, "From the bottom of my heart I wish you nothing but the best from this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together and I know you will continue to make great television."
He acted like it was big moment.
Who cares? It meant nothing. Sheen is a fool. Will someone tell me why anyone pays attention to him? Really. I don't care about his "redemption tour" nonsense.
Outstanding writing for a variety, comedy or music series goes to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." No surprise there. This is the seventh Emmy out of 11 nominations for the Comedy Central show.
Best directing in variety, comedy or music goes to Don Roy King "Saturday Night Live." NBC gets on the board.
Outstanding variety, comedy or music series again goes to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." This is the nith straight year -- that hardly seems fair.
I hate the Emmytones singing group. And they are emlematic of how this entire Mark Burnett prodeuction cannot find a proper voice between salute and camp.
A big favorite, Jason Katims, won for best writing in a drama series for "Friday Night Lights." This is a great and deserved win for the high school football drama, one of the finest series network TV has ever produced.
Best supporting actress in a drama series went to Margo Martindale, of "Justified."
The Emmy for outstanding directing in a drama series went to Martin Scorsese for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." The award brings a nice bit of stature to the evening -- and HBO has some catching up to do. It will catch up, don't worry.
Peter Dinklage, HBO's "Game of Thrones," won best supporting actor in a drama beating out Baltimore's Josh Charles, "The Good Wife." See what I mean about HBO catching up.
Dinklage thanked his dog sitter -- good for him and the dog sitter ... and the dog.
Outstanding lead actress in adrama series: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife." She desrves. She's terrific, and she makes this the one network drama that can compete with the cable productions.
Kyle Chandler, of "Friday Night Lights," wins best actor in a drama series, and this is a good one, too.
Outstanding writing for a movie, mini-series or dramatic special: Julian Fellowes, of "Downton Abbey on PBS. "Masterpiece Theatre" went all out on this production -- good to see it win.
The lead acting award in a movie or mini-series went to Barry Pepper for "The Kennedys."
The lead actress in a mkovie or mini-series was one of the most richly deserved of the night for Kate Winslet in "Mildred Pierce."
"Downton Abbey" was a big winner for PBS, earning Maggie Smith an Emmy for best supporting actress, as well as one for best direction in amovie or kini-series.
HBO had one of its weakest Emmy nights in recent memory, with public television's "Downton Abbey" upstaging anything the premium cable could offer as the quality production of the night.
The two biggest awards of the night went to "Modern Family" for best comedy and "Mad Men" for best drama. It was the second year in a row that "Modern Family" took the top comedy honor, while this was the fourth year in a row for "Mad Men" as best drama.