The Primetime Emmy Awards handed out over 70 trophies, in mostly technical categories on August 21.
Some of the most notable winners were “Golden Girls” actor Betty White who won her fifth Emmy; the 88-year-old actor took home an award for hosting an episode of “Saturday Night Live”. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest received his first Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program for “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” for which he is an executive producer. And “How I Met Your Mother” star, Neil Patrick Harris took home two Emmy’s, one for his appearance on “Glee” and the other for making hosting an awards show look like the easiest thing in the world.
The biggest winner is the World War II miniseries “The Pacific” which is in the lead with 24 Primetime Emmy nominations and has already taken home seven awards and remains in contention for five more.
Television series “Glee” has taken the world by storm and was second with 19 nominations but won only two awards including one for guest star Neil Patrick Harris. The series is up for eight awards in the main ceremony including the trophy for best comedy series but a victory is not a foregone conclusion.
“Just because a show has the most buzz across America, it doesn’t mean that translates into Hollywood circles,” said veteran awards watcher Tom O’Neil of website The Envelope.com.
This is because Emmy voters tend to be older and more conservative than the fans that have helped make the Fox high-school comedy the most-talked about TV show of the year.
Although “Glee” is a leading contender for the best comedy Emmy - and Jane Lynch is seen as a shoo-in to win best supporting comedy actress for her role as scheming cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester - the quirky show faces a tough challenge from the more traditional “Modern Family” (14 nominations) and three-time Emmy champion “30 Rock”.
Whatever the outcome, Emmy Awards night is expected to feature a fresh and more populist line-up of winners than in the past two years and five of the 12 best comedy and drama series nominees are first-timers.
The admired but little seen 1960s advertising series “Mad Men” may be out in front in drama with 17 nods, including coveted best drama series.
Most watched show in the United States, “American Idol” producers submitted the season finale that marked Simon Cowell’s “Idol” farewell as its Emmy entry and O’Neil thinks that the show could finally break the six year hold of “The Amazing Race” on the reality competition slot.
The primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out in a live NBC telecast from Los Angeles, hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon. AGENCIES
Published in The Express Tribune, August 24th, 2010.