2013 Emmy Awards Live Blog
2013 Emmy Awards Live Blog
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The biggest night of TV is here with the 65th Annual Emmy Awards. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the three-hour telecast will honor the best in television over the past year, and I'll be here through the evening with the winners and my live analysis.

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For Dramas, Breaking Bad could finally claim the top prize, though it has stiff competition from past champions Homeland and Mad Men, plus newcomer House of Cards and the epic Game of Thrones. Also, it's possible the Emmys may wait until next year, when Breaking Bad's final season will be eligible, to give it all of the awards.

For Comedy, Modern Family looks to take a fourth straight win, but it will have to compete against the most-watched sitcom on TV (The Big Bang Theory), edgy cable shows (Veep, Louie) and the final season of 30 Rock.

We'll also have the Miniseries and TV Movie categories (expect HBO's Behind the Candelabra to win most of them) as well as Variety Series, Reality Competition and Choreography. The Daily Show has won the Variety Series Emmy for the past 10 years in a row (it also has eight wins for Writing). For Reality Competition, The Amazing Race is going for its 10th win (and the category has only existed for 11 years).

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I'll be updating throughout the night with my thoughts on the action and winners.

Luckily the football game CBS was airing ended less than two minutes before the Emmys began. That could've been awkward if it went into overtime. Either way, the Emmts are starting a few minutes late because of NFL, which is a bad start.

Opening: We open with NPH binge-watching the entire season's worth of TV. They use various segments to make it look like the TV shows are talking to him. This is officially the dumbest and most useless start to the Emmys ever. Yawn.

The opening monologue isn't much better. There's a decent Paula Deen joke (she has to refer to Orange is the New Black as Orange is the New African-American). He then brings up a bunch of past hosts (Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien) and it's just OK. Conan is the funniest, and then Kevin Spacey offers some House of Cards-style narration to the camera about how he sabotaged NPH. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler top it off by telling NPH to take off his pants and twerk while munching on popcorn.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

WTF? She's easily the absolute worst of the seven nominees. Her speech is pretty hilarious, thanking everyone "so much," then just quietly leaving. That speech made about as much sense as her winning.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: "Last Lunch," 30 Rock

Hooray, back on track with a win for the series finale of 30 Rock. That's a nice farewell gift for Tina Fey. It's the third writing win for 30 Rock and the first time a series finale has won this award since The Larry Sanders Show in 1998.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Tony Hale, Veep

Wow, this is certainly a year where it's impossible to predict the winners, though I'm fine with this one. Hale is great, as is Veep. This is the first time Modern Family has not won this award.

Tribute to Jonathan Winters

Robin Williams pays tribute to the late Jonathan Winters, who played his son on Mork and Mindy. Williams' zany comedy is a perfect homage to Winters, whose performance in the film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

This is more like it, a repeat winner from last year. In a great moment, her co-star (and winner) Tony Hale stands behind her, just like his character on the show, feeding her the names of people to thank. Then she thanks everyone in the cast EXCEPT Tony. Very funny and awesome. I hope this means Veep could win Otstanding Comedy Series, because that would be cool.

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: "Arrested," Modern Family

It's the third time in a row Modern Family has won for Directing. After a weird start, the Emmys are getting back to more predictable winners. She's only the second women ever to win this award.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

It's his third win. While I'd like for the Emmys to spread the love, he's pretty great and totally worthy of winning three of these.

Tribute to Jean Stapleton

Rob Reiner says goodbye to the actress who played his TV mother-in-law Edith Bunker on All in the Family. She might have one of the most iconic voices in the history of television.

Elton John

Behind the Candelabra stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon introduce Sir Elton John to sing a new song called "Home Again" to honor Liberace. Isn't the fact that the HBO movie is winning all the awards enough? It already has eight wins from last week and should get a few more tonight.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter

Huzzah! After never winning when the show was nominated as a Comedy Series, she wins for Miniseries. She's not there, sadly, but she deserves it. The final season was incredibly touching.

E.H.D.

NPH's co-stars from How I Met Your Mother do a fake PSA for Excessive Hosting Disorder, which is pretty funny. They even have an intervention, which is a clever in-joke for HIMYM fans. The best joke is that he can get help at the Ryan Seacreat Center.

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: "Q&A,' Homeland

This is the second win in a row for the show, and the writer of this brilliant episode sadly died recently, so his wife accepts it. Aww, nice.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Hells yeah! After multiple wins for Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, it's nice for them to give Skyler some love. I'm sure this is just a preview of next year, when the show's final season will be eligible.

Tribute to Cory Monteith

It's time for the controversial tribute to the Glee star. I'm not gonna get into the debate, but I appreciate that Jane Lynch mentions that he wasn't perfect and dealt with addiction.

"The Number in the Middle of the Show"

Halfway through the show, NPH finally does the big song and dance number dedicated to the fact that doing big musical sequences at the start or end of a show is so cliche. Then Sarah Silverman and Nathan Fillion show up to sing and dance too. It's a Dr. Horrible/Captain Hammer reunion! OK, this is kind of random and clever. Plus, anything where Nathan Fillion sings is automatically awesome.

Outstanding Reality Competition: The Voice

Holy crap and a half, The Amazing Race is unseated again! And by The Voice, no less. Suck on that, American Idol, which has never won. Mindy Kaling and Arrow's Stephen Amell have an epic fail as presenters when their teleprompter breaks, but who cares, he's good-looking.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire

Wow, that makes very little sense. The Emmys clearly love this guy a lot. He was pretty good on this show, but way over-the-top, like a super villain in a comic book. He's surprised too and praises Mandy Patinkin.

He's anxious and funny in his speech, but presenter Diahann Carroll stole the show talking about how good-looking men on TV are nowadays.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Wow, another crazy shock. But really, if you saw his monologue in the opening scene of the premiere of The Newsroom, you understand why. He's genuinely surprised too, and self-deprecating about how he never wins awards. I hope this win forces HBO to finally and officially renew the show for season 3. It's definitely some good leverage.

50 Years Ago

Don Cheadle remembers the assassination of JFK and The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, both of which happened 50 years ago. This segues into a performance by Carrie Underwood. What does any of this have to do with TV? Like, yeah, those things happened on TV, but so does everything.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Claire Danes, Homeland

After some crazy new winners, we get back to a repeat winner from last year. She thanks the writers, including the one who passed away and won tonight, Henry Bromell.

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: "Chapter 1," House of Cards

You can always bet on the big name, and film director Davide Fincher did this episode. He's not there.

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: The Colbert Report

I always love the funny introductions the nominees do. Jimmy Kimmel gets Oprah while Real Time with Bill Maher goes with child beauty pageants and SNL replays the Stefon wedding from the finale.

This is the third time The Colbert Report has won, while The Daily Show has won eight times.

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: Saturday Night Live

This is the fourth win in a row for the show.

Tribute to Gary David Goldberg

Michael J. Fox honors the creator of Family Ties and the co-creator of Spin City. Thanks to him, Fox is a TV star, so he's definitely great.

Outstanding Choreography: Derek Hough, Dancing with the Stars

NPH told all the nominated choreographers to put together a routine to perform on the show, which is cool. They do segments set to the theme songs of Mad Men, Game of Thrones, American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad and The Big Bang Theory. It's the best thing yet and needs to become a part of every Emmys.

Derek will have something to celebrate on tomorrow's live show. He's adorably excited during his speech.

Outstanding Variety Series: The Colbert Report

WOW! The Daily Show won this award for the past 10 years in a row, so this is a huge upset. This is gonna make these two shows must-see TV this week.

Tribute to James Gandolfini

Edie Falco tears up while talking about her Sopranos co-star. Man, that role was simply astonishing and worthy of all the Emmys and other awards he won.

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or TV Movie: The Hour

What? How did Behind the Candelabra not win? And if not that, how did Top of the Lake not win? And why do British dramas get to be considered Miniseries?

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum

Good for him, because any actor who can go from the farmer on Babe to a horrifying Nazi doctor on AHS deserves some praise. But I'd like to point out that all of the Miniseries/TV Movie winners so far tonight all had multiple seasons.

In Memoriam

Also known as the people who died this year, but who weren't famous enough to get a special tribute like the five earlier honorees. Sorry, Jack Klugman and Larry Hagman. I'm distracted by the fact that a violinist plays the Bach song used in the season 2 Christmas episode of The West Wing, the one that made Josh Lyman have a panic attack. If you're tasting metal, that's the adrenaline.

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or TV Movie: Behind the Candelabra

That's what happens when an Oscar-winning director like Steven Soderbergh comes to HBO.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals

Awesome, she was so funny and so good in this "miniseries." She makes a joke about her last time being nominated in this category, for the HBO TV movie Mrs. Harris, where she only appeared for about 14 seconds.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

This year's Emmys may be full of shocking and surprising winners, but absolutely nothing could've stopped this. Douglas was the biggest sure-thing ever. He gets a huge laugh calling this performance a "two-hander" with Matt Damon. He adds that Matt deserves half of it, asking if he wants the bottom or the top. It's a cheap joke, but it's still funny.

Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie: Behind the Candelabra

This makes 11 wins for Behind the Candelabra, two shy of the record held by HBO's John Adams miniseries. The win comes exactly at 11pm ET, with only the two big categories left.


For some reason, Will Ferrell presents the final awards in a t-shirt and shorts with his three "kids." This crap might fly at the MTV Movie Awards, but not the Emmys.

Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family

That's four in a row, which is a bit of a surprise given that none of the actors won. It's now tied with All in the Family, Cheers and The Dick Van Dyke Show with four wins, and it's one away from Frasier's record of five.

Outstanding Drama Series: Breaking Bad

Woohoo, Breaking Bad wins its first Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. I say first because next week is the series finale, and next year it will probably win all of the Emmys that exist. Somehow it will get nominated for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, or Multi-Camera Art Direction. The level of excellence was so high that, like creator Vince Gilligan said, any show, even some that weren't nominated, could've won.


That does it for the 2013 Emmys, certainly an unusual night. You have expected winners like Modern Family and Claire Danes, then crazy surprises like Merritt Wever and Bobby Cannavale (and Tony Hale and Jeff Daniels).

Homeland, Breaking Bad, Modern Family and Veep all got two wins, but no series won three awards (though TV Movie Behind the Candelabra did). The Emmys definitely spread the wealth all around cable, with HBO picking up seven awards over four different programs.

Here are the winners in the 26 categories:

Drama Series: Breaking Bad
Drama Lead Actor: Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Drama Lead Actress: Claire Danes, Homeland
Drama Supporting Actor
: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Drama Supporting Actress: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Drama Writing: "Q&A," Homeland
Drama Directing: "Chapter 1," House of Cards

Comedy Series: Modern Family
Comedy Lead Actor: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Comedy Lead Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Comedy Supporting Actor: Tony Hale, Veep
Comedy Supporting Actress: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Comedy Writing: "Last Lunch," 30 Rock
Comedy Directing: "Arrested." Modern Family

Miniseries/TV Movie: Behind the Candelabra
Miniseries/TV Movie Lead Actor:Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Miniseries/TV Movie Lead Actress: Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter
Miniseries/TV Movie Supporting Actor: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Miniseries/TV Movie Supporting Actress: Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Miniseries/TV Movie Writing: The Hour
Miniseries/TV Movie Directing: Behind the Candelabra

Reality Competition: The Voice
Choreography: Derek Hough, Dancing with the Stars

Variety Series: The Colbert Report
Variety Series Writing: The Colbert Report
Variety Series Directing: Saturday Night Live


(Image courtesy of CBS)

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