Sunday night's Emmy Awards had their fair share of triumphs, shockers and disappointments. Here are a few:
Ratings up slightly
About 13.5 million people tuned in to watch AMC's "Mad Men" and ABC's "Modern Family" walk off with the top honors in the drama and comedy category, respectively, according to Nielsen. That's a tiny improvement over the 13.47 million that caught the 2009 Emmys on CBS.
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This whole endeavor — a "let's put on a show" routine set to the tune of "Born to Run" — probably sent a chill up the spines of Springsteen fans everywhere. But watching Fallon round up some of TV's finest, including seeing Jon Hamm and Jorge Garcia, made it one of the more memorable, fun Emmy beginners in recent years.
It was a big night for the ABC sitcom, which not only won the outstanding comedy series award, but collected trophies in the supporting actor and writing categories. And it also gave us the night's funniest moments between awards presentations, what with writers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd's riff on the Old Spice commercial and a gem of a sketch featuring George Clooney.
When Parsons won for his role as uber-serious physicist Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory," voice-over man John Hodgman joked that nerds were "taking the streets" in fits of joy. He was half-right; they actually took to Twitter to celebrate this victory for geeks everywhere.
Eric Stonestreet's victory for his role as Cameron on "Modern Family" was a shocker. In a category that appeared to be a race between "Family's" Ty Burrell and "Glee's" Chris Colfer, Stonestreet, who grew up in Kansas City, Mo., and attended Kansas State University, got the nod.
A win for Kyra Sedgwick
Most betting men and women would have put their money on Juliana Margulies in the lead actress in a drama contest, given all the buzz surrounding her performance on "The Good Wife."
But Sedgwick, who had been nominated three previous times for her work on "The Closer," finally got her hands on an Emmy statuette.
* Jimmy Fallon's attempt to get the fans involved and have them tweet introductions to various presenters was an epic fail. Sorry, Twitterers, there is a reason some people get paid to write.
* Granted, its final season was hardly its strongest, but fans of "Lost" — some of the most ardent lovers of a television show that you'll ever meet — were bummed that it didn't win something as a final show of appreciation for the ground it broke during its six-season run.
* After years of waiting to see "Friday Night Lights" receive the Emmy nominations it's always deserved, it was sad to see these folks — including stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton — walk away empty-handed.