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From Andrew Wallenstein’s spot-on review of the 62nd annual Emmy Awards:
The tsunami of new winners that swept key categories notorious for stale sameness helped keep momentum going well past the inspired opening musical number featuring host Jimmy Fallon, who didn’t stay sharp as the evening wore on.
It wasn’t just the sheer volume of rookies that rocked the Emmys that made it compulsively watchable; it was the way they built into a crescendo of preposterousness. Multiple wins for ABC’s “Modern Family” and Fox’s “Glee” set the tone early but weren’t entirely unexpected. Then came true jaw-droppers including Bravo’s “Top Chef” unseating CBS’ “The Amazing Race” in the reality competition category and Edie Falco of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” winning for lead actress in a comedy.
By the time little-known Archie Panjabi picked up supporting actress in a drama for CBS’ “The Good Wife,” just about anything seemed possible. When an eighth consecutive victory came to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in the variety, music or comedy series, it almost felt as if order was being restored to the universe.
The surprises compensated for Fallon’s gradual fade. FULL REVIEW HERE…
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