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Emmy Notes

Okay, I think I'm ready to enter that Emmy pool now. Now that the award show is over, that is. I had Homeland over Mad Men and Breaking Bad, even though I think they're all great shows, each in its own way, and it's impossible to compare their relative merits. But Homeland is the new kid on the block, and it's politically adventurous, in the sense that sides are blurred and good guys and bad guys are hard to define.

That's just the opposite situation from the night's other big drama winner, the TV movie Game Change. It's all about Sarah Palin, and while Julianne Moore's portrayal of the former vice presidential candidate and public punching bag is so nuanced that I actually felt sorry for her, there's no question about which side of the political fence the filmmakers come down on.

Why does The Amazing Race always win for best reality show? If the voters can take the drama category in a new direction, how about going for something different here. Like So You Think You Can Dance, for example. And please, Tom Bergeron? I know it's a minority position, but I think Ryan Seacrest deserves the Emmy for best reality show host, at least in a year when Jeff Probst isn't nominated.

Something that puzzled me during the show tonight was that ABC's Missing, with Ashley Judd, and FX's American Horror Story, with Jessica Lange, were classified as miniseries, when the former was clearly intended to be a long-running show and the latter is coming back for another season. If a show has seasons, it's not a miniseries, in my lexicon. And Missing just failed as a series, but that doesn't make its truncated season into a miniseries. In my lexicon, of course.

It makes me happy that Modern Family always wins nearly everything it's nominated for. It's not just funny, but it's also warmhearted, a quality there is so little of in television. It's well known that I'm a sucker for sentimentality, but this show also has an edge that takes it a notch higher than the sitcoms of past eras. The diversity of the cast, and the characters' acceptance of one another, have made the show one of my favorites since the first time I saw it.

Finally, I agree with Ricky Gervais. He is funnier than Louis C.K.

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