61st Primetime Emmy Awards
|61st Primetime Emmy Awards|
Los Angeles, California
|Host||Neil Patrick Harris (Primetime)
Kathy Griffin (Creative Arts)
E! (Creative Arts)
|Producer||Don Mischer and Neil Patrick Harris|
The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place on September 20, 2009. CBS broadcast the Primetime event and E! the Creative Arts event; both took place at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The nominations for the Awards were announced on July 16.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced in July 2009 that Neil Patrick Harris would host the Primetime event (even going so far as to play Dr. Horrible at one point). The Creative Arts Emmys for primetime were hosted by Kathy Griffin.
After the previous year's lackluster performance in ratings, the Emmy Awards were hoping to achieve success by selecting Harris as sole host, as opposed to a group of hosts as in the previous year. The 61st Primetime Emmy awards earned a 4.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and drew 13.3 million, 1.1 million more than the previous year's all-time low.
30 Rock became the sixth show to win Outstanding Comedy Series three straight years, winning three major awards on that night. 30 Rock made Emmy history when it smashed the record for most major nominations by a comedy series with 18. The Cosby Show had held the record of 13 since 1986, while 30 Rock had tied this the previous year. The 18 major nominations became the third biggest record of all time, behind Roots' record number of 21 in 1977 and NYPD Blue's mark of 19 in 1994. These marks still stand.
The drama field also crowned the defending champion, AMC's Mad Men. It won two major awards on that night. After airing for fifteen seasons, ER went out a winner as its series finale won for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. This was the first major win for ER since 2001.
History was also made by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Amazing Race. Both programs won their series categories for the seventh straight year, this broke the record for most consecutive victories in a major category of six that was held by The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Cagney & Lacey. The Amazing Race would lose the following year. However, in 2013, The Daily Show's streak was finally snapped, after a record ten consecutive wins.
Winners and Nominees
|Outstanding Comedy Series||Outstanding Drama Series|
|Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series||Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special|
|Outstanding Made for Television Movie||Outstanding Miniseries|
|Outstanding Reality/Competition Program|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie|
|Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program|
|Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series||Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series||Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special|
|Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series||Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special|
Most major nominations
- By network [note 1]
- HBO – 38
- NBC – 37
- ABC / CBS – 17
- AMC – 12
- By program
- 30 Rock (NBC) – 18
- Mad Men (AMC) – 9
- Damages (FX) / Grey Gardens (HBO) / Saturday Night Live (NBC) – 7
- Into the Storm (HBO) – 6
Most major awards
- By network [note 1]
- NBC – 8
- HBO – 5
- CBS – 4
- AMC / PBS – 3
- ABC / Comedy Central / Fox / FX – 2
- By program
- 30 Rock (NBC) / Grey Gardens (HBO) / Little Dorrit (PBS) – 3
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) / Mad Men (AMC) / Saturday Night Live (NBC) – 2
- "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.
The singer Sarah McLachlan performed the song "I Will Remember You" during the tribute: Edie Adams, Gale Storm, Van Johnson, Eartha Kitt, Neal Hefti, Patrick McGoohan, Morton Lachman, Karl Malden, James Whitmore, talent agent Sam Cohn, Henry Gibson, Bill Melendez, Pat Hingle, Paul Benedict, Bernie Hamilton, Dom DeLuise, Dominick Dunne, Robert Prosky, Fred Travalena, Irving R. Levine, Ron Silver, Natasha Richardson, David Carradine, Nora O'Brien, Michael Crichton, Beatrice Arthur, Ricardo Montalbán, Ed McMahon, Army Archerd, Larry Gelbart, Paul Newman, Pierre Cossette, Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Don Hewitt, Farrah Fawcett and Walter Cronkite.
- Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
- Emmy Awards
- 66th Golden Globe Awards
- 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards
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- Emmys move back to Sept. 20
- 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Calendar ATAS
- "Neil Patrick Harris to Host the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, to Be Broadcast Live, Sunday, Sept. 20 on the CBS Television Network". Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. July 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
- HBO Tops 2009 Creative Arts Emmys, NBC Leads Nets from the official Emmy website (retrieved September 13, 2009)
- CBC News - Television - Genial host helped boost Emmy ratings