Emmys 2011: 14 Memorable Moments
Jane and the ''President of Television''
It was supposed to be Alec Baldwin as the President of Television who introduced Jane Lynch to the building with all our favorite characters, but Leonard Nimoy got the nod after Baldwin bowed out over a nixed joke. Spock's no Jack Donaghy, but Lynch was off and running (and singing) before we could second-guess the decision too much.
The Jimmys go for a tussle
Jimmy Kimmel wrestled away Jimmy Fallon's Emmy acceptance speech and proceeded to embarrass him in front of millions by reading it aloud. But at least Fallon's fake and funny speech was aired. Neither Jimmy has a prayer as long as Jon Stewart's in business.
Ricky Gervais is banned (but not really)
The host of last year's infamous Golden Globes joked that Fox had banished him from the continent for this telecast, and the main joke became some clever editing made to look like censorship. Lynch, however, didn't seem like a fan, saying Gervais blamed Hollywood for his not getting enough hugs from his mommy.
A sorry Charlie?
Charlie Sheen showed up, despite reports of behind-the-scenes efforts to keep him off the show, and everyone played nice. But his apology rang a little hollow, if only because he sued his ex-employers for $100 million in March after they fired him. People tend not to forget or forgive that.
Oh yeah, it's Ladies Night
When Amy Poehler initially made her way to the stage after her name was announced, who knew that the rest of her Best Actress nominees would follow her lead and join her. Just seeing so much beauty and comic talent on stage together in a giggly gaggle of girlfriends was one of the night's best moments. And the winner was...Melissa McCarthy!
Look who's in the Office...
After Steve Carell's farewell season featured what sometimes seemed like three movie-star guests per episode, it was fair game to imagine a new season of The Office with the likes of John Slattery, Aziz Ansari, and Ashton Kutcher as the fresh faces at Dunder Mifflin. Kutcher, however, was simply on the wrong lot. ''I was wondering where the Half Man was,'' he admitted sheepishly.
The tale of Captain Jack Sparrow
Michael Bolton is still Jack Sparrow's biggest fan and Andy Samberg's Lonely Island guys freaked-out on a patriotic William H. Macy during a medley of the group's most popular Saturday Night Live hits.
Setting the record straight
Taking the high road, but perhaps sending a message that Charlie Sheen's Emmy appearance wasn't the brainchild of the Two and a Half Men camp, Ashton Kutcher introduced himself as ''not Charlie Sheen,'' while reassuring co-star Jon Cryer that he was ''not a troll.''
Martin Scorsese gets his due
Martin Scorsese won his first-ever Emmy Award for directing the pilot of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. He threatened to speak faster than usual in order to keep his acceptance speech within time restraints, but shame on the Emmys for putting him on the clock in the first place. I was really hoping he'd run long just to see if they dared play The Martin Scorsese off with some orchestra music.
Who's that girl?
Anderson Cooper investigated Donatella Alberghetti Mangiana D'Borgia, Jane Lynch's Patient Zero when it comes to the recent fascination with the most Jersey of New Jersey TV characters. She reportedly discovered the Jersey Shore cast — Snooki was toiling in obscurity at Harvard — and rules the Garden State with an orange fist.
It's not uncommon for award winners to reach the podium and claim they didn?t prepare a speech because they never thought they?d win. Well, Kyle Chandler, we believe you. But his genuine surprise and aw-shucks demeanor was the perfect tribute to his beloved Friday Night Lights character.
Let's hear it for the boys.
Jane Lynch hit them pretty hard with her intro — calling them the reason she?s a lesbian — but it was cathartic to see the gang together again after last week?s sorry series finale. No Mrs. Ari, no pregnant Sloan, no Paris wedding. Just the guys being guys.
My favorite Paula Abdul moment was her awkward red-carpet interview with E!'s Ryan Seacrest, but a close second was her role as one of the Emmy accountants, opposite Jane Lynch. ''I can barely balance my checkbook,'' said Lynch. ''I can barely balance,'' deadpanned Abdul.
Gwyneth Paltrow presenting had me thinking Glee had it in the bag, but Modern Family earned its Best Comedy Emmy with the type of humor and wit displayed by executive producer Steve Levitan when he accepted the stat. ''I especially want to point out all of the kids on the cast,'' he said on stage. ''Modern Family was this close to being animated. That's how much we didn?t want to work with kids.''