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Paul’s Emmys Recap

Paul’s Emmys Recap

By: Paul Zecharia |

Hello, Stones Detroit. I know, I know, it’s been way too long…

I had to take a leave of absence due to some issues that I’d rather not discuss. I did see some films this summer that you may or may not see reviews for any time soon, but I’ll try my best to at least mention some of them in the future. But now I’m back and ready to write about whatever’s coming to me.

Now how about those Emmys?

For me, the Emmys is always another wonderful reminder of the television shows that I have not watched yet, or even fully caught up on. (“Mad Men” is a prime example.) But despite that I probably have not watched at least more than 50% of the nominated programs this year, even I could admit that the 6th Primetime Emmy Awards could be considered to be a night of upsets, ranging from Merritt Weaver winning Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for “Nurse Jackie”, which I haven’t watched, to Jeff Daniels winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for “The Newsroom, which I do watch, but can admit it’s lost its touch lately.

Jeff Daniels

Daniels, still being a great actor, beat the likes of many favorites such as three-time winner Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad”, last year’s winner Damian Lewis for “Homeland”,  six-time nominee Jon Hamm for “Mad Men” (many can argue that it’s long overdue), and even Kevin Spacey for the highly-praised Netflix series “House of Cards.” Although Spacey should just win the Emmy for Outstanding Kevin Spacey in an Awards Show. Look at the gifs below if you don’t believe me.

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Another major surprise of the night is Bobby Cannavale winning Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for “Boardwalk Empire”, another show I haven’t watched yet (man I am so far behind on television it’s not funny). Defeating several favorites such as Mandy Patinkin for “Homeland”, Peter Dinklage for “Game of Thrones”, and both Aaron Paul and Jonathan Banks for “Breaking Bad”, the latter two shows being among my favorites of all time. At least Anna Gunn took home Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Vince Gilligan

I’m not gonna lie, I enjoy watching “The Big Bang Theory” despite that it has apparently become one of television’s most hated shows lately. Which doesn’t make any sense considering that crap like “2 Broke Girls”, “The Voice”, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”, and anything involving the Kardashians are still on the air. Jim Parsons is hilarious as Dr. Sheldon Cooper, but how on Earth could he, once again, defeat the likes of Louis C.K. for “Louie” and even Jason Bateman for the revival of “Arrested Development”?

Jim Parsons Emmy

So even though the surprising wins definitely got our attention, there were only for a few seconds. To be honest, the entire Emmys ceremony this year was quite boring. Not even the great Neil Patrick Harris could hold everything together. For me, the problems consisted of one too many musical numbers that were trying to be ironic but ended up sounding boring and the several memoriam tributes that happened at different times during the show. It all seemed to create a sad tone for the show. The five tributes were for Jonathan Winters, Jean Stapleton, Cory Monteith, Gary David Goldberg, and James Gandolfini. Later on in the show, there was a video montage of other famous figures in television who had passed away in the last year. Again, not everything seemed consistent that night. Although the “Breaking Bad” dancers definitely stole the show.

Emmys Death

However, there is some good news: two of my favorite shows did win the top prizes. “Modern Family” won its fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and “Breaking Bad” finally won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. And I couldn’t be happier.

Steven Levitan

So not much else to say except I got a lot of TV-watching to do now.


Drama Series: “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

Actor, Drama Series: Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom,” HBO.

Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, “Homeland,” Showtime.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.

Directing, Drama Series: David Fincher, “House of Cards,” Netflix.

Writing, Drama Series: Henry Bromell, “Homeland,” Showtime.

Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.

Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS.

Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Hale, “Veep,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime.

Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family,” ABC.

Writing, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield, “30 Rock,” NBC.

Miniseries or Movie: “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.

Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, “The Big C: Hereafter,” Showtime.

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum,” FX Networks.

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals,” USA.

Directing, Miniseries or Movie: Steven Soderbergh, “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.

Writing, Miniseries or Movie: Abi Morgan, “The Hour,” BBC America.

Reality-Competition Program: “The Voice,” NBC.

Variety Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central.

Writing, Variety Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central.

Directing, Variety Series: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC.

Choreography: Derek Hough, “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC.

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Canadian, Michigander, Middle Eastern, pasta enthusiast, amateur photographer, souvenir penny collector, and party animal. Oh yeah, and lover of everything film.

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