Our picks for the highs, lows, and “huh?”s of tv’s largest (and, as ever, boringest) evening

“Tonight, we have fun the a whole lot and a whole lot of reveals that had been produced this yr…and then we give awards to about 5 of ’em.” So started Kenan Thompson’s opening monologue on the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. Turns out, he was precisely proper: After all of the envelopes had been torn open and all of the quips had been quipped, solely 5 collection walked out of the Microsoft Theater with a couple of statuette. 

Even because the TV panorama continues to widen (a mind-boggling 559 unique reveals aired in 2021 alone), the Television Academy is stubbornly conserving its focus slender. That felt very true final evening, as awards in 9 of the main classes went to previous awardees. HBO’s (*12*) and Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso each repeated previous wins for Best Drama and Comedy Series, respectively. Meanwhile, 5 main appearing awards performed the repeats: Actress in a Comedy for Hacks’ Jean Smart, Actor and Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein, Actress in a Drama for Euphoria’s Zendaya, and Supporting Actress in a Drama for Ozark’s Julia Garner.  

These winners all definitely deserve their flowers — however the reality is, they’ve already received an entire mess of bouquets at dwelling. We promise you, Television Academy, there’s an entire extensive world of tv on the market simply ready so that you can discover! And whereas a couple of bizarre, evocative collection did make it into the working (we’re pouring one out for Yellowjackets, Severance,

and Station Eleven), this Emmys proved as soon as once more that it’s principally recognized portions who take dwelling the gold. 

But it wasn’t all disappointments for the underdogs, because of history-making wins for Netflix’s Squid Game and ABC’s Abbott Elementary. Meanwhile, HBO’s The White Lotus carried out a near-sweep of the Limited or Anthology Series classes, minus Best Actor and Actress wins for Michael Keaton (Dopesick) and Amanda Seyfried (The Dropout). 

Overall, this Emmys was a research in innocuousness. As emceed by the amicable Thompson (who’s being an excellent sport, contemplating NBC canceled his sitcom Kenan earlier this yr), the ceremony performed it protected. Jokes had been tame, speeches had been quick, and hot-button sociopolitical points had been studiously averted. The focus of the night gave the impression to be how gosh-darn nice tv is — , as a idea.  

Here are a number of the most memorable moments of an Emmys evening that’s in any other case very simple to neglect.

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