Monday, May 27, 2024

Emmy Awards: Just Like Last Year, “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” Win


So glad I was away for the Emmy Awards. The same shows, the same people, etcetera, etcetera. “Modern Family” was Best Comedy over “Veep.” Ridiculous. “Breaking Bad,” now off the air, won Best Drama over “Mad Men” and a bunch of good shows that weren’t even nominated. Oy vey.

Actors: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Allison Janney, the guy from The Big Bang Theory, the other guy from Modern Family. Bryan Cranston won Best Actor for Breaking Bad, and Aaron Paul was Supporting Actor.

Bryan Cranston will now be nominated for the Nobel Prize (he also won Best Actor at the Tony Awards this year). His best work, as dentist Dr. Tim Watley, on “Seinfeld,” remains under appreciated.

Aside from Seth Meyers and the Robin Williams tribute, no one can be criticized for thinking they’d seen last night’s Emmy Awards before. Once a show resonates in the ratings and with Emmy committees, it’s in for life. But woe to those that are passing fancies, like “Mad Men,” “Homeland” and “House of Cards.” When the committees turn cold, there’s no looking back.

I hereby bestow awards on the gang from “Mad Men,” who will end their official run at this time next year with whatever they’ve already received. Jon Hamm at least had nominations. John Slattery was totally screwed over and over. But that’s the way the Emmy cookie crumbles.

PS Congrats to Julianna Margulies.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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