Emmy Awards: A magical, ‘Modern’ night in television

Julie Bowen

Television is a vast wonderland — and an especially golden one if you work on “Modern Family.”

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring the best of the small screen, ran with the idea that television is a magical medium. The show kicked off last night with host Jane Lynch extolling — through song and dance — the wondrous virtues of TV. Wave your magical remote, she sang, and patients are cured in an hour by doctors that work once a week! Men actually enjoy cooking! Awards shows can move swiftly and be mildly entertaining!

Speaking of awards: It was a trophy-filled evening for ABC’s “Modern Family.” The sitcom took the first four awards of the night, including two biggies: Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell won for supporting actress/actor. “Modern Family” wins for best comedy directing and writing followed. The series also won best comedy.

There wasn’t such a clear-cut drama favorite. In five major categories, five series won: “Mad Men” took best drama, while acting statues went to “Friday Night Lights”’s Kyle Chandler (lead actor), “The Good Wife”’s Julianna Margulies (lead actress), “Game of Thrones”’s Peter Dinklage (supporting actor) and “Justified”’s Margo Martindale (supporting actress).


Emmys embrace Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen handed out the statue for outstanding lead actor in a comedy — “my old category,” as the former “Two and a Half Men” star called it.

But before getting to the nominees, the fallen actor made a confession: “I want to say something to everyone here from ‘Two and a Half Men,’” he said. “From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season. We spent eight wonderful years together, and I know you will continue to make great television.”


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