Emmy pokes fun at NBC
Network wins one trophy, is the target of several jokesNBC pushed up the date of the Emmys to make way for its NFL franchise, and it got an opportunity to promote its fall shows. But when it came to awards, the Peacock didn't strike any gold beyond a directing honor for the Winter Olympics.
The "30 Rock"-winning streak came to an end, "Saturday Night Live" didn't add to its historic total and "The Office" pool ran dry. There were also category misses for "Friday Night Lights," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Parks and Recreation."
But at least Conan lost in his category.
That helped make up for all the jokes onstage about NBC's late-night and 10 p.m. problems last year. It was a night in which even Jeff Zucker had to laugh at himself.
The GE-owned division, which is soon to be sold to Comcast, did have things to cheer, however.
Host Jimmy Fallon brought a nice liveliness to the proceedings and proved a solid entertainer, helping build his own late-night audience. And the show was a professional affair without major gaffes or any overrun.
And the Peacock folks could cheer corporate sibling Bravo for its "Top Chef," which ended the amazing streak of CBS' "The Amazing Race."
In the Nokia Theatre, the audience was kept amused as fellow "SNL" alum Amy Poehler kept razzing her pal Fallon from her front row seat, yelling "Jimmy, Jimmy" as he was about to come back from break and go on the air.
Looking slightly frantic, Fallon tried to hush his friend, but in the end it was all part of the in-joke of the night.