Jimmy Fallon Rocked The Primetime Emmys
Many were honored at The Emmys, but Jimmy Fallon was the biggest winner
At the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Jimmy Fallon rocked his hosting duties. Starting off with a “gleeful” musical number, Fallon took on the persona of Bruce Springsteen and belted out “Born To Run.” His “E” (for Emmy) Street band was an eclectic mix of TV stars.
Of course the platinum voices of the Glee stars, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, and Amber Riley, were part of the band. But also Glee’s Emmy winning Jane Lynch joined them, along with Jorge Garcia (Lost), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Joel McHale (Community), and reality personality Kate Gosselin, spoofing her disastrous stint on Dancing with the Stars.
Lea Michele and Cory Monteith
American Idol’s Randy Jackson added some riffs on his guitar, joining everyone on stage for probably best opening number in Emmy’s history. It even featured Betty White showing off her dance moves and impeccable comedic timing.
So after launching the show on such a high note, how could the next three hours top that? Fallon had humorous intros that kept things moving at a comfortable pace, and funny bits that actually worked.
Another highlight was George Clooney receiving the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, and his classy speech with a challenge to Hollywood not to forget the causes when they become yesterday’s news.
Oh yes, awards were handed out. And no one can deny the talent behind the shows that were honored: best drama Mad Men, movie Temple Grandin, and miniseries The Pacific.
The whole ensemble of ABC’s Modern Family should have been honored, but producer-creator Steven Levitan picking up the best comedy award, and Eric Stonestreet getting a supporting trophy, was enough for that great show. One of these days Sofia Vergara’s figure won’t overshadow her talent, and little Rico Rodriguez will be acknowledged for his scene-stealing performances.
Kudos to the rest of the winners in the acting categories, especially the dynamic duo of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul of AMC’s Breaking Bad, whose talents explode in the unnerving drama.
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston
Other deserving winners were Jane Lynch, Jim Parsons, Edie Falco, Archie Panjabi, Kyra Sedgwick, John Lithgow, Ann Margaret, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Claire Danes, Al Pacino, Neil Patrick Harris and Betty White.
That’s an impressive bunch, and so were the rest in all the major acting categories. Cranston gushed with pride about just being in the company of his fellow drama nominees: Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Michael C. Hall for Dexter, Hugh Laurie for House, Matthew Fox for Lost, and Kyle Chandler for Friday Night Lights.
Likewise, Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) took home the trophy. But Glenn Close (Damages), Mariska Hargitay (L&O: SVU), January Jones (Mad Men), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), and Connie Britton (the under-the-radar gem Friday Night Lights), certainly deserve a big piece of it.
“They are all winners,” says Lash Fary, founder of Distinctive Assets, the
Los Angeles based niche marketing company specializing in product introduction and branding within the entertainment industry.
Fary’s company continued its day-after “Everybody Wins” post-Emmy tradition of sending out “Nominee Gift Bags” to all the performers in the eight major acting categories.
Only those who didn’t take home a golden Emmy statuette get the bag. So it’s going out to 30 Rock’s Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, along with Lost’s Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn, Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks, Damages’ Rose Byrne and Martin Short, and Glee’s Lea Michelle and Matthew Morrison, along with their fellow trophy-challenged nominees.
What’s in the bag? Among the many goodies, big and small, there are Altoids Smalls Mints, Chocolatines by Sweet Endeavours, Spornette International Styling Brushes, a gift certificate to the La Costa Resort and Spa, and the Huntley Drive Fitness package of personal training sessions, so the stars can get red carpet ready for the next awards show.
“It’s just about telling the stars they are as talented and fabulous as ever, and soften the blow of disappointment,” says Fary, who says everyone should be treated like a winner. Yes indeed!
And my vote for the biggest winner of the night: Jimmy Fallon. The former SNL star and host of NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon showed that the job was all about entertainment. He reports, “I didn’t want to turn it into The Primetime Jimmy Show, but it was a great opportunity for more people to see my type of humor.” Now he’s hoping for a spike with viewers of his Late Night. Tune in.