Emmys reaction: 'Modern Family' still top comedy, 'Breaking Bad' wins top drama

By Daniel S Levine,

If you are still wondering why, 66 years in, the Primetime Emmys still can’t be taken as seriously as the Oscars, there was no better evidence to prove that than whatever happened last night. While it was great to see Breaking Bad take home major awards during its final Emmys appearance, what happened on the comedy side was an absolute travesty.

The proceedings got off to a rocky start following Seth Meyers’ good monologue. Ty Burrell stole Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Modern Family and you could tell right away that the TV Academy voters’ love of the ABC sitcom had not dimmed. Even though the show already feels past its prime, the voters keep showering it with gifts and it’s inexcusable at this point.

Modern Family took home Comedy Series for the fifth straight year, tying the record mark set by Frasier. Yes, even though we live in a Golden Age of TV - where a woman is Veep and a comedy writer can spend six episodes on a single romance in Louie - a modern update on the traditional family sitcom is still the best, according to the Academy.

The show also won for Gail Manusco’s directing of the “Vegas” episode, which was the one award the show deserved. It was probably the best episode of the season.

Another disappointment on the comedy side was Jim Parsons winning for his lead role in The Big Bang Theory for a fourth time. Louis C.K. can get all the accolades for his writing on Louie, but is still ignored for his acting abilities.

It was amazing to see Julia Louis-Dreyfus win for Veep again (she’s the first actress to win Emmys for three different shows). But how did Allison Janney win Outstanding Supporting Actress for CBS’ Mom? Right, she’s Allison Janney and the Academy loves her.

You can’t really complain about what happened on the drama side. Yes, it was sad that True Detective only took home Directing for Cary Fukunaga’s work. But Breaking Bad deserved to go out with a victory lap. Bryan Cranston won Lead Actor again, while Aaron Paul was the Supporting Actor winner. It was cool to see Julianna Margulies finally win a second statue for The Good Wife.

Over in the miniseries/movie department, HBO must have been shocked to see Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart get shut out in the acting categories. At least it still won Outstanding Movie.

These categories were actually the most surprising. Fargo only won for Miniseries and Directing, but Sherlock came out of nowhere. Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (also nominated for Fargo) will receive Emmys (they didn’t show up last night). Steve Moffatt even won for writing.

Oh, and where was Netflix? Both House of Cards and Orange is the New Black were shut out. Game of Thrones was also robbed of acting awards again, because apparently, no one can act on that show.

The best thing about last night was easily Billy Crystal’s emotional tribute to Robin Williams. I’ll have that stuck in my head forever... “Robin Williams: What a concept.” And how great was the kiss between Cranston - I mean, Clark Gable - and Louis-Dreyfus?

But still, the awards that were handed out highlighted how stuck in a rut the TV Academy is. Next year, there will be no Breaking Bad to dominate the drama side, and considering how much they sadly don’t like Mad Men, a similar victory lap seems unlikely now. (Seriously, what do Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks have to do to win?) Hopefully, Modern Family will finally step aside. At this point, it’s becoming annoying.

image courtesy of Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com

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