Sunday night the stars were out at Los Angeles’s Nokia Theatre. The occasion? The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. Celebrities came out in full force looking glamorous in flowing gowns and dapper suits to celebrate the best in television.
The ceremony was the first award show since last week’s Kanye West debacle at MTV’s Video Music Awards. With Neil Patrick Harris, the former Doogie Howser, as master of ceremonies, the Emmy’s was sure to have some jokes at the rapper’s expense. After an opening dance number, Harris quipped, “Here’s hoping Kanye West likes ’30 Rock.’”
The comedy, “30 Rock”, was heavily favored going into the night as it received twenty-two nominations. This is the most ever for a comedy series. The show takes place in New York City on the set of a sketch comedy show called “The Girly Show,” or “TGS” for short. “Saturday Night Live” alum Tina Fey created “30 Rock.” She also writes for the show and stars in it as well. She plays Liz Lemon, the writer and creator of “TGS.” Alec Baldwin co-stars as Lemon’s new boss Jack Donaghy.
Baldwin held onto his reign as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. This is his second win in a row for his role as Donaghy. Fey was in the running for Outstanding Lead Actress again this year, however, lost her title to “United States of Tara” star Toni Collette. Writer Matthew Hubbard did win the show an Outstanding Writing for a Comedy series award for his work on an episode titled “Reunion.”
Castmate, Jane Krakowski, was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as sketch show star Jenna Maroney. Also nominated in the category were Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Kristin Chenoweth, Kristen Wiig and Vanessa Williams. During the reading of the ballot the women wore amusing accessories, such as a fake mustache for Silverman, a monocle for Wiig and an eye patch for Poehler. The award went to “Pushing Daisies” star Kristin Chenoweth who donned silly 2009 sunglasses. ABC’s “Pushing Daisies” has been cancelled and will not be returning with a third season.
Two “30 Rock” cast members went up against each other in the same category for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Tracy Morgan and Jack McBrayer did not fare as well as Alec Baldwin and lost to John Crier of “Two and a Half Men.” Crier also beat out the host of the night in this category. Harris was nominated for his supporting role of Barney Stinson on CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother.”
The cast and crew finally celebrated all together at the end of the night when they took home the Outstanding Comedy Series award for the second year in a row. Fey accepted the award and gave thanks to those involved. She jokingly gave thanks to NBC “for keeping ’30 Rock’ on TV, even though we cost more than a talk show.” Fey’s favored comedy show may not have been as favored as so many thought, as it took home just five out of the total 22 nominations.
NBC will premiere the fourth season of “30 Rock” on Thursday, October 15 at 9:30 pm.
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