61st Primetime Emmy Awards

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61st Primetime Emmy Awards
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Date
  • September 20, 2009 (Ceremony)
  • September 12, 2009 (Creative Arts Awards)
Location Nokia Theatre,
Los Angeles, California
Host Neil Patrick Harris (Primetime)
Kathy Griffin (Creative Arts)
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS (Primetime)
E! (Creative Arts)
Producer Don Mischer and Neil Patrick Harris
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The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place on September 20, 2009.[1] 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.[2]

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).[3] The Creative Arts Emmys for primetime were hosted by Kathy Griffin.[4]

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.[5]

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[edit]

Alec Baldwin, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Toni Collette, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winner
Bryan Cranston, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner
Glenn Close, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner
Jon Cryer, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series winner
Michael Emerson, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner

Programs[edit]

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

Acting[edit]

Lead performances[edit]

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Supporting performances[edit]

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

Guest performances[edit]

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
  • Ellen Burstyn as Bernardette Stabler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Episode: "Swing") (NBC)
    • Brenda Blethyn as Linnie Malcolm / Caroline Cantwell on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Episode: "Persona") (NBC)
    • Carol Burnett as Bridget "Birdie" Sulloway on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Episode: "Ballerina") (NBC)
    • Sharon Lawrence as Robbie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy (Episode: "No Good at Saying Sorry (One More Chance)") (ABC)
    • C. C. H. Pounder as Andrea Curtin on The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (Episode: "The Boy with the African Heart") (HBO)

Hosting[edit]

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Directing[edit]

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
  • Bruce Gowers for American Idol (Fox)
    • Jerry Foley for Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
    • Hal Grant for Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
    • Jim Hoskinson for The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
    • Don Roy King for Saturday Night Live (NBC)
    • Chuck O'Neil for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

Writing[edit]

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
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

Most major nominations[edit]

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[edit]

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
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

In Memoriam[edit]

The singer Sarah McLachlan performed the song "I Will Remember You" during the tribute:

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