Primetime Emmy Awards/59th Primetime Emmy Awards
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- This article is about the awards show. Go here for a list of nominees and winners.
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards aired live on September 16, 2007 at 8:00PM. Because the awards show was broadcast on FOX, the ceremony was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who also hosts the FOX flagship program American Idol.
Originally, the show was to be produced by American Idol producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick. However, the two producers were unable to take on the additional work and instead chose to focus entirely on 2008's Idol season. The program will be produced by Ken Ehrlich, who was last year's producer.
The technical awards associated with the Primetime Emmys were given out in a separate Creative Arts ceremony on September 8, 2007 an edited version of which aired on the E! network on September 15, 2007.
Brian and Stewie Griffin from Family Guy appear to do a musical number about the "wide variety of garbage" they can find on television done to the tune of a song originally shown in the episode PTV. Ironically, the original song was about how television is so incredibly restricted by the Federal Communications Commission and how obscenity laws are damaging free speech.
After the song, Ryan Seacrest comes to the round stage to poke fun at himself hosting because the crowd was filled with people who "turned down" the hosting gig. He says that where he lacks in comedy, he makes up for being a "full service" host who showed up four hours early to host the red carpet show as well. He plays to his strengths by identifying the dresses and tuxes of various celebrities around the stage.
After explaining the "round" setting with the major nominated shows (except for The Sopranos, oddly) surrounding the stage's inner circle, he feigns singing operatically before backing down and introducing the first presenter.
- Ray Romano did stand-up about how much his wife wants him to get back to television and how difficult marriage is now that he can't turn their fights into episodes on Everybody Loves Raymond. He also pokes fun at the Sopranos finale, comparing it to sex for him.
- A montage of jokes by a variety of late night hosts including David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher was introduced by Ellen DeGeneres which ended with some heartfelt comments about Tom Snyder, who died earlier in the year.
- When showing the nominees for "Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music Or Comedy Series," the shows traditionally have a creative way of displaying the writing staffs. In this particular show, the various shows did the following:
- The Colbert Report: Various staff members slapping, poking or otherwise harming Colbert (including Colbert himself).
- The Daily Show: Footage of Alberto Gonzalez saying "I don't recall" with the names of writers added after the fact.
- Late Night with Conan O'Brien: All of the writers are shown as aging Hispanic migrant workers being loaded into a pick-up truck driven by O'Brien.
- Late Show with David Letterman: A montage of slapstick moments featuring President George W. Bush are shown while the names are read.
- Real Time with Bill Maher: In a parody of the Larry Craig "airport bathroom" sex-scandal, the feet of the supposed writers are shown in bathroom stalls, often with multiple people in one stall.
- Queen Latifah presents a segment which remembers the profound social impact that Roots had on American culture. After her explanation, many cast members from the miniseries speak a few words and act as presents for Outstanding Miniseries, including Louis Gossett, Jr., Edward Asner, LeVar Burton, Leslie Uggams, and Ben Vereen.
- During Steve Carell's presentation of Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, the cast members from The Office who couldn't present gave taped confessions about their thoughts about Carrel. These mainly consist of Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer saying derogatory things about him.
- Dick Askin, chairman and CEO of the television academy, shares how the television community aids the greater good. He also presents the governor's awards which honor humanitarian effort to American Idol: Idol Gives Back and Addiction.
- Lewis Black berated television executives for the amount of advertising they put into their shows, especially when they stretch the credits so much that they're unreadable or when they put advertisements for their other television shows on screen during the programs themselves. Black also tells news organizations to remove the crawl and mocks the state of the news media. At the end of his rant, an advertisement for the FOX fall season popped up on screen.
- Masi Oka introduced Tom Anderson, founder of MySpace, who presented Current TV founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt the award for Creative Achievement in Interactive Television.
- Seacrest came out after a commercial break wearing the costume of Henry VII to introduce Wayne Brady in an apparent plug for The Tudors. When Brady came out, he had Rayne Wilson and Kanye West compete against one another in a musical competition with the winner being able to present the next award. The competition was based on Brady's new FOX show Don't Forget the Lyrics. The theme of the competition was "The Songs of Kanye West," specifically "Stronger," which West lost because he pronounced "ya" as "you." Unprompted, Wilson started doing the rest of the song until he was cut off by Brady.
- Stephen Colbert came out with a gas-powered leaf blower to "blow the leaves away" since it's Autumn. Colbert claimed that his leaf blower is fine because it works on Al Gore's tears and not gasoline. When Jon Stewart chastised him for being unfriendly to the environment, Colbert came back by saying Stewart flew to Los Angeles in his three jet sandwich. Stewart suggested that they stop having award shows at all since the very act of having one is wasteful, but Colbert refuses to "let the Earth win." In the end, they eventually settle on buying "carbon credits" to offset the waste of the ceremony.
- When the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series was awarded to Ricky Gervais, he wasn't at the ceremony. So, instead, Stewart and Colbert decided to give the award to "our friend Steve Carell." Carell ran down to the stage and they all hugged and jumped around until they evacuated the round.
- Ray Romano - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
- Vanessa Williams & America Ferrera - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
- Tina Fey & Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
- Kyle Chandler & Katherine Heigl - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
- Ellen DeGeneres - Montage of Topical One-Liners (by late-night talk hosts)
- Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara & Eva Longoria - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
- Jennifer Love Hewitt & John Cryer - Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series
- Alec Baldwin - Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
- Ali Larter & Kiefer Sutherland - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
- Queen Latifah - Emmys Remembers Roots
- The Cast of Roots - Outstanding Miniseries
- Hayden Panettiere & Neil Patrick Harris - Outstanding Guest Actor & Actress in a Drama Series
- Leslie Caron - Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
- Hayden Panettiere & Neil Patrick Harris - Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
- Steve Carell - Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series/Special
- Marc Harmon & Marcia Cross - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
- Glenn Close, Kyra Sedgwick & Mary Louise Parker - Outstanding Made for Television Movie
- Joe Montagna - Presented The Jersey Boys doing a musical tribute to The Sopranos.
- Sally Field & Patrick Dempsey - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
- Kathryn Morris & Danny Pino - Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
- Kathryn Morris & Danny Pino - Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
- Masi Oka & Tom Anderson - Creative Achievement in Interactive Television
- Brad Garrett & Joely Fisher - Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
- Anthony Anderson & Teri Hatcher - Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series
- Stanley Tucci & Elaine Stritch - Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
- Anthony Anderson & Teri Hatcher - Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
- Rainn Wilson & Kanye West - Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
- Stephen Colbert & Jon Stewart - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
- Felicity Huffman & Hugh Laurie - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
- William Shatner & Debra Messing - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
- Jimmy Smits & Kate Walsh - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
- Kelsey Grammer & Patricia Heaton - Outstanding Comedy Series
- Helen Mirren - Outstanding Drama Series
- Christina Aguilera & Tony Bennett - Steppin' Out with My Baby
- The Jersey Boys - Frankie Valli Medley: Walk Like a Man, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Who Loves You
- Kanye West & Rainn Wilson - Stronger (first verse only)
In order of presentation
- Jane Wyatt
- Tige Andrews
- Joseph Barbera
- Roscoe Lee Browne
- Edward Albert, Jr.
- Yvonne De Carlo
- Mike Evans
- Sidney Sheldon
- Calvert DeForest
- Glenn Ford
- Arthur Hill
- Bob Carroll, Jr.
- Beverly Sills
- Ed Friendly
- Mel Shavelson
- James Glennon
- Don Herbert
- Stan Daniels
- Barbara McNair
- Stuart Rosenberg
- Tommy Newsom
- Steve Irwin
- Joel Siegel
- Peter Boyle
- Charles Nelson Reilly
- Jack Palance
- Jane Wyman
- Tom Poston
- Tom Snyder
- Ed Bradley
- Luciano Pavarotti
- Merv Griffin
- During the music competition between Rainn Wilson and Kanye West, Wayne Brady joked that "whoever loses this contest will retire from show business." Brady's comment is a reference to a highly publicized feud between West and rapper 50 Cent, who said that he would retire from performing if West's album sold more than his when they were both released on September 11, 2007. 50 Cent later retracted his bet and claimed that it was all a publicity stunt.
- There were several instances in the show where there was a cut away from the person giving a speech to muffled audio and an overhead shot of the stage. The most prominent of these cuts was during Sally Field's speech when she said "if mothers ruled the world there would be no god damned war." These cuts do not exist in the CTV broadcast of the awards ceremony. Field, after realizing the censorship practices of the network, mumbled some anti-war things under her breath that weren't censored.
- From taped comments by The Office cast members about Steve Carell
Rainn Wilson: "Is Steve a nice guy?" I don't understand the question. Wait, is this for a fundraiser? Is he dying? If he's dying, I will say something nice. Otherwise, I'm good.
John Krasinski: Our show is a like a family, and Steve's like our dad. Except it's like the dad we don't see that often because he goes and sees his other families in Vancouver or Rhode Island or wherever else he's shooting a movie.
Jenna Fischer: I took Steve out to dinner to celebrate his Emmy nomination and halfway through dinner, I told him that I had been nominated too and he said, "For what? Biggest rack on the show?"