5 Crucial Takeaways From the 2013 Emmy Awards

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So you missed the biggest night in television, did you? Perhaps you were too engrossed in the day’s football games, maybe you were catching up on all that lawn care you’ve been putting off or maybe you were just staring blankly at a bare section of the wall, vaguely wondering if you were on the verge of an existential collapse or merely hungry. But don’t worry, it doesn’t matter why you missed the Emmys, because we are going to give you five fantastic Emmy talking points you can use for today’s water cooler/street corner/awkward public restroom conversations!

5 Jeff Daniels Is Apparently a Great Actor

Most people know Jeff Daniels from such classic films as “Dumb and Dumber” and also from… other films. OK, most people know Daniels from “Dumb and Dumber” and specifically from that scene with the laxatives and the toilet. And he should be damn proud of that film (we are being entirely sincere), but now Daniels sports yet another feather in his cap, an “upset win” Emmy for best actor thanks to his work in the Aaron Sorkin show “The Newsroom.” Daniels beat out the much lauded Bryan Cranston and even Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey!

4 Apparently Claire Danes Is a Great Actress

She has come a long way since the days of MTV’s “My So-Called Life” and the reimaging of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” no? This marks her second straight Emmy win for her portrayal of a CIA agent afflicted with bipolar disorder (and a serious case of looking serious all the time) on the hit show “Homeland.”

3 There Are a Lot of Emmy Categories

Let’s try to clear up this whole category mess a bit. Actors/Actresses can win Outstanding Leads in a comedy series, a drama series or a miniseries/movie. There are “Outstanding Program” awards for comedy series, drama series, miniseries/movie, variety series and reality competition series. Writers and directors can win awards for all the same categories as programs, except for the reality category, because of course those shows are totally real and never scripted. There is also a prize for hosting various types of shows.

2 The Show Celebrating Shows Was a Pretty Boring Show

If there was one thing to take away from the 2013 Emmys, most folks seem to agree that it was your eyes from the TV screen. Neil Patrick Harris did his best possible hosting job, including random dance numbers and self-deprecating jokes, but the whole affair was overly self-referential and rather gloomy, with much of the show devoted to people who have died in the past year. And aside from the Jeff Daniels upset win for lead actor in a drama series, most of the award winners were highly predictable.

1 Breaking Bad Did Very Good

Yes, thank you, we know the proper grammar is “well” but that ruins the punch of it! Anyway, in its seventh and final season “Breaking Bad” finally clinched its first Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. While the show has garnered multiple wins for its star, Bryan Cranston (remember when he was Malcolm’s dad? Or Seinfeld’s dentist!?) and awards for supporting actors and actresses, this was its first overall win, and, while much overdue, at least it came at a fitting time.

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