From HBO’s “True Blood” to Fox’s ever-popular “Glee,” this year’s Emmys had numerous worthy series up for nomination.
“Modern Family” swept the other nominees, taking the award for Outstanding Writing for Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor, as well as the overall Outstanding Comedy Series. Being the first ABC series to win an award in more than two decades and breaking the three-year winning streak of NBC’s “30 Rock,” “Modern Family” had much to celebrate. This quirky comedy offers the visual style of the office with a wide cast and humorous insight into changing ideas of “family.”
“Mad Men” showed the glint of its crown again by taking the Outstanding Drama Series and the Outstanding Writing of a Drama Series. The series has captivated audiences for a few seasons now because of its picture of women in the workplace, suburban family life and the advertising industry. The series is starting a legacy of victory at the Emmys that may last for a while.
Jim Parsons, who plays the nerdy but lovable character of Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory,” was awarded with Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Most people thought that Alec Baldwin would win it for his role as Jack Donaghy in “30 Rock.” But Baldwin knew his comedy’s reign of the Emmy’s would come to an end sooner or later, according to YahooNews.
“USA Today” writer Bill Keveney caught up with Parsons after receiving his award and asked him to describe his character Sheldon’s appeal. “I am guessing it is because he is a very different guy. He is in the minority of intelligence and behavior,” he answered. “He comes from such an honest, good place that he gets away with saying such outlandish things.” When asked about acting in his childhood, Parsons said, “In first grade I had the part of a bird, and I sang a song. I don’t know that I was good, but I obviously caught a bug.”
Stephen Colbert showed his gratification for “The Colbert Report’s” team of writers during his broadcast on the Monday after the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards Show. “I did it! Tonight, tonight… there will be tacos!” The writers won Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy series, and John Stewart’s “The Daily Show“ became the longest-winning show on television after taking the award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy series.
Among the more technical awards for Outstanding Sound, Costuming, and Directing (which was awarded to “Glee’s” director Ryan Murphy) was the humorous Outstanding Commercial for Old Spice Body Wash, “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like.” The smooth star of the commercial, Isaiah Mustafa and ex-NFL football player, tells the “L.A. Times” of his inspiration: “The day before the shoot, Mustafa called one of his college buddies from Arizona State University, Jake Plummer, former pro quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
When Plummer didn’t answer, Mustafa decided to leave a rehearsal of the commercial’s script on his friend’s answering machine. ‘I just did it for him, and I did it extra big, and then when I hung up, I thought, ‘Maybe I should try it that way and see if they like it.’”