Biggest Surprises of the 2012 Emmys
Kevin Noonan | Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The winner of four straight Emmys for best drama coming into Sunday night, “Mad Men” seemed poised for another big night filled with hardware. Nope. Wrong. The series walked away with a whopping zero awards despite being tied for the most nominations at the show.
It was just one shocker for the network (who also has a few shows in the “Biggest Losers” section of this spread) that was completely dead on arrival at the awards show. AMC is often praised for competing with the traditional kings of storytelling, HBO and Showtime, but despite having 34 nominations, and heavy hitters like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” the cable network walked away with just one award.
Tracy Morgan wasn’t actually passed ut
Noted prankster and funnyman host Jimmy Kimmel conspired with noted weird guy Tracy Morgan to start a rumor that Morgan had passed out on stage, a story which spread like wildfire on the Internet. The story seemed believable enough ¾ Morgan’s character on “30 Rock” is a pretty weird guy, and in real life he’s just as erratic. The most surprising part about it was that it wasn’t true.
Jon Stewart drops the F-bomb
Maybe this wasn’t that surprising, seeing as how the bleep is as regular a part of Stewart’s show as politics, but it’s not every day you see a guy dropping the holy mother of swear words on national television. Stewart has won Emmys in the past, so it’s nice to see that he still gets fired up about it.
Jon Cryer wins something
You could probably also put “Jon Cryer gets nominated for something” on this list. Cryer walked away with the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, beating out a list of guys who, you know, are on funny shows. Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”), Louis C.K. (“Louie”) and Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) were all also nominated for this award, so it’s surprising they lost. Come on, Emmys. “Two and a Half Men”? Really?