September 27th, 2012

It is that time of year again: the 64th Annual Primetime Emmys kicked off the 2012 award season Sunday night on ABC. Television’s hottest writers, actors, producers and hosts were out in full force. The red carpet was flashing with bulbs of the paparazzi, capturing the latest trends donned by Hollywood’s finest.

Jimmy Kimmel took on the job of hosting and opened with a filmed bit of bathroom humor. Kimmel was found weeping in the bathroom by actress Kathy Bates and Zooey Deschanel. He said he couldn’t host due to a poor reaction to a Botox injection. The actors reassured him that he looked just like a “Real Housewife.” However, Kimmel hasn’t been receiving the best reviews from his Sunday night gig. Many believe he should hang up his tux and try something new. Kimmel mocked the in-tribute portion of the ceremony by paying memoriam to none other than himself. Highlights of his career were played, as Josh Groban sang a ballad version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” The bit ended with, “I will be missed.”

Kimmel wasn’t the only thing that was missed at the Emmys. AMC’s drama “Mad Men,” set a new record by not winning any of their 17 Emmy nominations. “Homeland,” Showtime’s new drama, beat “Mad Men” on what would have been their fifth consecutive Emmy for best drama.

The Showtime drama also had wins for outstanding lead actress (Claire Danes), outstanding actor (Damian Lewis), and best writing. Supporting actress in a drama went to Maggie Smith in “Downton Abbey,” and supporting actor was received by “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul.

In comedy, “Modern Family” swept the competition. Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet took home the gold statues  for best supporting actress and Actor.

The comedy also won best comedy for the third straight year. Julia Louise-Dreyfus won outstanding lead actress for her role in “Veep,” playing the vice president of the United States. On her way to the podium, Dreyfus hugged fellow nominee, Amy Pohler. The two actresses had a clever bit planned. As Dreyfus was reading her acceptance speech, Pohler ran to the stage. Dreyfus was reading Pohler’s acceptance speech.

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series went to Jon Cryer of “Two and a Half Men.” He said he never planned on winning or beating out two-time winner Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory.”

Another winner from the night was reality television show “The Amazing Race.” This was the ninth win out of 10 nominations for the reality show. “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron took home the statue for best host of a reality series. In his speech, Bergeron thanked past winner Jeff Probst for not being nominated.

Julianne Moore walked away with best actress in a TV movie for her portrayal as Sarah Palin in “Game Change.” Palin had given the actress’ portrayal thumbs down, but now Moore feels her performance has been validated. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” won its 10th consecutive Emmy for best variety show.

But, the most tweeted moment of the night was Tracy Morgan passing out on stage. However, if you really tuned in, you would know that Jimmy Kimmel was just punishing those who weren’t watching.

Kimmel instructed the audience and those watching at home to tweet and post a Facebook status, “OMG, Tracy Morgan just passed out on stage at the Emmy Awards.” Kimmel and Morgan were hoping to increase viewers by fooling them into changing their dial to the ABC broadcast of the Emmy Awards.

The winners, the losers, the fashion hits and misses and the passed out celebrities can only mean one thing: awards season is in session, so tune in or get fooled.