OK, let's get this bad boy started! Let me start with some boasting: I correctly picked the winner in all the major categories with one exception: I did not see Benedict Cumberbatch beating Billy Bob Thornton. Did Thornton and Martin Freeman hurt each other by splitting the vote -- or did we all underestimate the power of "Sherlock"?
Some people grousing last night about "Breaking Bad" winning again -- but it's one of the top 3 dramas of all time. If it didn't win the top prize at least twice (which is exactly what it did) it would have been a crime.
I was in LA earlier this year and saw the power of Cumberbatch. Young fans camped out in front of hotel overnight. Cumberbatch got more attention than Julia Roberts and others.
Speaking of Julia -- I remember last year when Matt Damon and Michael Douglas had their big Emmys moment, and people were talking about movie stars migrating to TV. But last night seemed more about the power of old-fashioned TV stars.
Was thinking last night: what if, once an actor wins for the same role twice, they are automatically out of the running in the future? Doesn't mean they can't win again -- but it would have to be for a different role.
That's true, Tim -- although Martin Freeman and Cumberbatch have scored in some pretty big movies. And don't forget Louis CK's hilarious turn in "American Hustle"!
I think Louie's tux last night dates back to the 70s.
Reminder: I'm here to answer any and all questions related to TV or deep-sea fishing.
Hey, everybody out there -- what new show are you looking forward to this fall?
Neal, have you seen the new "Houdini" miniseries with Adrien Brody that airs this weekend on the History Channel?
I have. It's a bit disappointing. Better to dig up the 1953 version with Tony Curtis. Probably not as accurate, but a heck of a lot more fun. I'll have a review in Sunday's paper.
The big question from last night: Sarah Silverman: Stoned or not stoned? Hilarious or embarassing?
Sofia Vergara took some heat for her skit in which a rotating platform showed off her curves. She told reporters to "get over it." I personally didn't think it was offensive -- just stupid.
Tim, on a scale of 1 to 10, what rating would you give Seth Meyers?
I give him a 3. He didn't bring much energy to the show, but his opening monologue was smart and he had a few good bits.
Jezebel on Vergara bit: Vergara “was treated like a literal object.” It added, “We have now entered the unfunny, sexist part of the program.”
I'd give him a 6. He didn't have much to do after the monologue. His taped bit with Billy on the Street was very funny, but he didn't personally bring much to it. Meyers has to get out of the shadow of his "SNL" buddies and prove he can survive without them, at least for some time.
I thought the Sofia bit was a misfire but she was a good sport. It was like a human Clutch Cam. Speaking of which, did anybody else watch the red carpet coverage on E!? I liked your line on Ross the Intern, Neal -- one more thing to blame on Leno.
The Red Carpet has become a joke - and not a very funny one. It amazes me seasoned interviewers like Billy Bush aren't better prepared. Either put professional comedians or professional journalists out there. Personalities that are just there to swoon and pose for selfies isn't cutting it.
Meyers was a comedown after the force of nature that is Neil Patrick Harris. I'm looking forward to seeing him as a villain when the movie "Gone Girl" opens in October.
Did anybody notice if Kristen Wiig was in the house last night? I thought I spotted her (she was a nominee for her little seen mini-sereies "The Spoils of Babylon." If she was there, why wasn't she front and center. They should ask her to host next year.
Wiig was there, she looked beautiful on the red carpet. An interesting idea.
I liked the Robin Williams tribute, but I do think it could have been shortened by a few minutes so that there was time for testimonials on James Garner and Sid Ceasar, two people that had a much bigger influence on TV.
I've long pitched that Wiig and Will Ferrell should host the Oscars.
Better Wiig than another talk show host. Counting Leno's cameo, how many hosts were on camera last night? There was Meyers, Kimmel, Fallon, Colbert ...
Sorry for the delay on answers. Technical issues. We'll stay as long as it takes to get to everyone.
The problem with Hamm's performance is that it's subtle. He doesn't get to rant and rave like, say, Dennis Franz, James Gandolfini and Cranston. Note that "Mad Men" has NEVER won an acting Emmy.
To continue on Hamm: Note that voters evaluate actors on the basis of just ONE episode that the actors submit. Not the best way to do it, but there you go.
Self removal is classy. I believe it was John Laraquette. Candice Bergen did the same thing. Bill Cosby won three in a row of "I Spy" and decided that was enough. He never nominated himself for "The Cosby Show"
The best shows are a mix of comedy and drama. I don't know who should decide what is what. Personally, I don't think a great "comedy' is determined by the number of yuks. A great comedy should have an absurdest quality to it. "Orange," "SHameless" and "Louie" all have that.
Maybe there should be a new "dramedy" category -- put "Orange" in there along with "Girls."
Good point, Shaymus. I did think Robert Morse might break the curse this year. Let's face it: This past season of "Mad Men" wasn't at its best.
I was thinking about the dramedy term this past weekend when I battled some insomnia with some first season episodes of "Cheers." I forgot how "meaty" they were.
Yes -- although I would have been tempted to vote for Josh Charles. I also thought Peter Dinklage had a chance with his great kiss-off speech. But bottom line "Breaking Bad" was just too darn good.