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.

Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake Big Winners At The Creative Emmy Awards

Justin Timberlake (Photo:NBC)

Justin Timberlake (Photo:NBC)

Actress Tina Fey won an Emmy on Saturday for her of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live,” while pop star Justin Timberlake also was honored for his guest host appearance on the NBC show.

This was Fey’s sixth career win, and she has a chance to win two more at the regular Primetime Emmy Ceremony on Sunday where she is nominated for best comedy actress.

Timberlake won his second career Emmy, for his hilarious hosting bout where he played several characters.

In the dramatic categories, the guest-starring awards went to Ellen Burstyn for NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and Michael J. Fox for “Rescue Me” on FX. For a complete list of winners: Creative Emmy Winners

The Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will be on broadcast on Sunday, September 2oth on CBS.

’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

Update: Award Show Hosting Duties For Jackson, Griffin, Trebek, Williams, Jonas, Harris and Brand,

The Jonas Brothers will be hosting the upcoming Teen Choice Awards. Fox will tape the show on Sunday, August 9 in Los Angeles and broadcast it the following day on August 10.

Kathy Griffin Photo:Wire Image/Jamie McCarthy

Kathy Griffin Photo:Wire Image/Jamie McCarthy

Samuel L. Jackson will be hosting the ESPY Awards tonight, July 15 at the Nokia Theatre. The ESPYS  which honors excellence in sports, are taped live and will be telecast on Sunday July 19 at 9.

Kathy Griffin has been selected to host the Prime Time Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The two-time Emmy winner, best known for her Bravo series “My Life on the D-List”, will host the annual event on Sept. 12 at the Nokia Theatre. E! will  telecast the event as a two-hour special.

Alex Trebek, the Emmy winning host of Jeopardy!, is slated to host the Daytime Emmys Creative Arts Awards. They will be held on Saturday, August 29 in Los Angeles.

Vanessa Williams will be the host of the Daytime Emmy Awards to be broadcast on the CW on Sunday August 30th at 8pm. For the first time ever, the show will not be shown on the three main networks and it will telecast live instead of being taped delayed. The show will also feature a wider variety of presenters from all genres of daytime television, including Dr. Travis Stork of The Doctors.

Russell Brand returns for a second time as host for the MTV Video Music Awards. The show will air live on Sunday, September 13 from various locations in New York. Center stage will be Radio City Music Hall.

Neil Patrick Harris is officially confirmed as host of the Primetime Emmys at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Harris, fresh off of a successful Tonys hosting gig, will returning to the podium once again for the network. The Emmys air on CBS on Sunday, September 20.

Wait For It…Will Neil Patrick Harris Host The Emmys?

Neil Patrick HarrisReports and rumors are swirling that How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmy Awards on September 20th on CBS. Harris, who hosted this years Tony Awards to well-received reviews, seems like the logical choice for the gig. He’s a multiple nominee himself and his hit series, How I Met Your Mother, returns for it’s fifth season on Monday, September 21st. It’s a done deal according to EW’s Michael Ausiello. An official announcement is expected next week.

Sunday’s Tony Awards Will Be Full Of Surprises!!!

The Tony Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) will be interesting this year with a wide range of music from nominees Elton John (Billy Elliot) and Dolly Parton (9 to 5)to rock performances by Poison headed by Bret Michaels of Rock of Love fame. The show airs Sunday evening on CBS.