At Primetime Emmys, Mad Men Goes 0-17
On a night of shockers at the Emmy Awards, the biggest one may not have been that Mad Men was passed over for best dramatic series -- it had won the trophy four previous years -- but that the series didn't win a single award. Those connected with the series, as well as the series itself, had received 17 nominations -- more than any other show on television, and several critics had argued that the past season was the series' best. Instead, top dramatic awards went to the terrorism thriller Homeland. Even some of the winners appeared shocked by their victories. In his acceptance speech, Homeland's Damian Lewis remarked, I don't really believe in judging art, but I thought I'd show up just in case. Turned out all right. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, John Cryer described his best-supporting actor award for Two and a Half Men as ridiculous. On stage he had remarked, Something has clearly gone wrong. Indeed, the one memorable moment of the show came when The Daily Show's Jon Stewart accepted his tenth consecutive Emmy award and remarked that in some future age aliens will land on Earth and find a box of these. And they will know how predictable these f****** things are. (F****** was bleeped.) Dan Zak in the Washington Post remarked that Stewart and Julia-Louis Dreyfus who were the only people to show rebellious verve onstage during an otherwise dismal, predictable show hosted by that deadpan cipher of late night, Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel, who was being showcased by ABC before he moves to 11:30 p.m. in January to challenge Jay Leno and David Letterman, received mixed reviews. Alessandra Stanley, the TV critic for The New York Times commented that Kimmel seemed to mistake himself for Bob Hope. There were far too many Kimmel-centric skits breaking up the evening. But Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly wrote, Jimmy Kimmel presided over a mostly very funny, fairly briskly paced, and quite surprising Emmy broadcast on Sunday night. The telecast was beamed live all over the world. In Australia, Michael Idato wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald, The last word surely goes to Kimmel, who joked that quality television is the only American product the Chinese haven't figured out how to make, Then Idato himself pilfered the last word, writing, If the Emmy Awards are any measure, it's something the Americans haven't mastered either.