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"Glee" vanquished! "Mod Fam" rules!

Steven Levitan and the cast of

Steven Levitan and the cast of "Modern Family" accept the award for outstanding comedy series during the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards. (Aug. 29, 2010) Credit: AP




  "Glee" was bumped off by the likeliest of suspects tonight - "Modern Family." 

   A surprise? Only to us Gleeks who had pretty much demanded that the Best New Show of 2010 win this award because it so richly deserved this award.

  But what the hay: "Modern Family" was excellent too, and I don't think there will be any official protests or recounts, excepting those demanded by the hardest core Gleeks out there.

 My thoughts on this Emmy telecast - the 62nd awards? These were good. This was a well-paced awards program that embarrassed  no one, the best I could tell, and honored those who deserved to be honored. This was a very strong Emmy field this year, and while some people might think Kyra Sedgwick was a curious choice to win, those people obviously never saw her in "The Closer." She is a superb actress, and she should have won.

  But (on the best actor front) should Jon Hamm...and Matthew Fox...and...Michael C. Hall. 

  Not everyone can win. Not everyone does.

  Top 'o my wrap for tomorrow's paper:

    Beating the strongest comedy field in years - maybe decades - "Modern Family" was crowned TV's best last night.
  Not quite an upset and not quite a sure bet either, the punditocracy had pretty much narrowed this race to just two shows - "Glee" and "Modern Family." And early in the evening both appeared evenly matched, winning key acting, writing and directing awards. Clearly, it was to be a "Glee"-vs-"Family" kind of night. In the end, only one could win, even if it seemed like both should.
  Oh yes, and "Mad Men" won as best drama. For those who wish to keep count, that's the third in a row.  
 Meanwhile, there were upsets in a night not always kindly disposed to surprises or shocks. Edie Falco pulled down a win for oustanding actress in a comedy series - "Nurse Jackie' - becoming the first actress to win both a top drama and comedy actress Emmy award; she won three times in the drama
category as Carmela Soprano. Jim Parsons, splendid uber-nerd Sheldon Cooper in "The Big Bang Theory," toppled multiple winner Alec Baldwin of "30 Rock." And maybe the biggest eye-popper of the night was Kyra Sedgwick, whose Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson in "The Closer" has long been admired and long nominated. But by this point, Sedgwick was starting to look like part of the furniture on Emmy night. A chair no more, she won her first Emmy last night upsetting one of the favorites, Julianna Margulies, of "The Good Wife."
  Multiple winner Bryan Cranston - Walter White of "Breaking Bad" - won for best actor/drama, and his longtime and equally excellent castmate, Aaron Paul - Jesse Pinkman - won for best supporting actor/drama. The latter was another upset.
  And on the subject of upsets: "Top Chef" finally toppled "The Amazing Race," which has dominated the best reality category for virtually its entire existence. The show launched in 2001, and began its long streak in 2003. "Chef" ended last night. HBO movie "Temple Grandin" had a great night too, with a best movie win, as well as a best actress win for Claire  Danes. "The Pacific" - HBO's magnificent bookend to "Band of Brothers" - won best miniseries.


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