Neil Patrick Harris, “Mad Men”, “30 Rock” big hits at this years Emmys

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

The 61th Emmy Awards hosted by Neil Patrick Harris proved to be the best broadcast in recent years. Harris, who also hosted this years Tonys, seemed to bring new life to the usually boring awards show. The producers cleverly tried a new format and grouped the awards into genres this time out. There was also a taped look back at the year, broken into the genre segments reality, comedy, drama, variety and movies and mini series. The band, who are usually invisible in a pit underneath the stage,  was live onstage and in an welcomed twist, the directing team was on stage behind a see through booth, allowing them to be a part of the show as well.

Once again Harris was the perfect choice of host as the kidded Jon Cryer who beat him out for best supporting actor on a comedy for Two And A Half Men. As Jon was backstage in the press room, Neil interrupted him, asking him what it felt like to win and what was going on in his mind as he went on stage to accept his Emmy. “All I kept thinking was screw you Neil Patrick Harris!”, Cryer shot back.

Harris performed a great opening number, worked in sing along blog with Castle’s Nathan Fillion. The show ran so smoothly, that is only ran 4 minutes long.

30 Rock and Mad Men repeated as winners this year having also won last year for Best Comedy Series and Best Drama Series, respectively. Jon Cryer of Two And A Half Men and Kristen Chenowith of Pushing Daisies won for Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Alec Baldwin of 30 Rock and Toni Colette of The United States Of Tara won for Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series.

Michael Emerson of Lost and Cherry Jones of 24 won for Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series while Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad and Glenn Close of Damages won for Best Actor and Actress in a Drama Series. For a complete list of winners visit: EMMY Winners.

30 Rock’s Tina Fey Interview

Photo: NBC/Mary Ellen Matthews

Photo: NBC/Mary Ellen Matthews

Broadcasting & Cable sat down for an interview with 30 Rock’s Tina Fey. The resident queen of NBC comedy talks about changes for the network, Jay Leno’s new show and all those Emmy nominations. The shows was recognized with an impressive 22 nominations, including Best Comedy Series. Clearly not wanting to jinx the shows chances of winning, Fey says: “I keep reminding everyone that we may not walk away with anything. We may just [wind up with] a whole bunch of nominations”.

To read the full article: Tina Fey

’30 Rock and ‘Mad Men’ Lead Emmy Nominations

Simon Baker, Emmy nominee for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "The Mentalist"

Simon Baker, Emmy nominee for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "The Mentalist"

The Prime Time Emmys were announced today with NBC’s 30 Rock and AMC’s Mad Men leading the pack with with 30 Rock receiving a record 30 nominations and Mad Men earning a total of 19.

First-time nominees  were heavily honored this year as Big Love, Breaking Bad, Family Guy, Flight of the Conchords, How I Met Your Mother were all nominated in the best show categories.

First-time nominees in the acting field were in the drama series performer categories, Simon Baker, lead actor in a drama series for “The Mentalist” and in the supporting drama series categories, Elizabeth Moss in “Mad Men”, Christian Clemenson in “Boston Legal”, Aaron Paul in “Breaking Bad”, William Hurt in “Damages”, Rose Byrne in “Damages”, Hope Davis in “In Treatment” and Cherry Jones in “24”.

First-timers in the comedy series categories included Jim Parsons in “The Big Bang Theory,” Jemaine Clement in “Flight of the Conchords,” Toni Collette in “United States of Tara,” and Sarah Silverman in “The Sarah Silverman Program” in leading roles for their work and Tracy Morgan in “30 Rock,” Jack McBrayer in “30 Rock,” Kristin Wiig in “Saturday Night Live,” Jane Krakowski in “30 Rock,” and Elizabeth Perkins in “Weeds” for supporting.

The Prime Time Emmy Awards, hosted by nominee, Neil Patrick Harris (supporting actor in a comedy series for How I Met Your Mother), will air on Sunday, September 13 in Los Angeles.

For a full list of nominees, click here: List By Category Complete List

Tina Fey’s 30 Rock Moves Into Syndication

Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin

Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin

Broadcasting & Cable is reporting that 30 Rock, starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin will be shown in syndication starting in 2010.

30 Rock has been a critical darling for NBC, winning the Emmy for Best Comedy Series in recent years. Tina Fey stars in and exectutive produces the show about the behind the scenes antics at a “Saturday Night Live” type variety show. Alec Balwin, Tracy Morgan and Jane Krakowski also star.