We’re live blogging the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Figure now is the best time to introduce myself: I’m Tom Hush, producer for the Saturday Night Special and host of No Coast Cinema for WGN Plus!
Hello all! Camille Suknovich here, producer for the Dave Plier show.
Looks like they’re starting off the show on the right foot with a musical number from host Stephen Colbert
You gotta love a musical cold open
The cameos from nominees are a very nice touch!
AND Chance the Rapper?!
I’m in heaven.
An appearance by Chance the Rapper! A pleasant surprise.
Bravo Stephen Colbert! A great start to the show.
I’m so glad Colbert is hosting tonight. He’s got the right balance to his humor and oozes charisma.
That Ted Cruz joke caught me off guard! Loving this monologue so far
Colbert 1, Cruz 0
Sorry I’m late! Great monologue so far
“There are roles in Hollywood for women over 12” Colbert on Millie Bobby Brown, co-star of Stranger Things.
Jess!!!!! Jess from Gilmore Girls yes hi hello
Oh god Colbert just called out Bill Maher!
These Colbert burns are too good. Someone get some ice!
Nice, Maher’s got it coming.
I’m with you on that one Griffin
Here come the Trump jokes…I’m ready for this!
How long did Seth Meyers have those marbles in his mouth?
As I live and breath, Sean Spicer on the Emmys?!
The REAL Sean Spicer! The reaction shot of Melissa McCarthy was priceless.
Here comes our first award, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
That was a great balance of politics and not politics. Not preachy, but not oblivious to the world outside either. Pretty good job on the monologue I think. I don’t miss Sean Spicer haha, but that was great
I really hope Ron Cephas Jonas wins. His performance in This is Us was full of heart.
John Lithgow wins for his performance as Winston Churchill in “The Crown”
I wonder if the Crown is gonna do something like a sweep tonight, I bet the academy loves that show.
Anybody that plays Churchill in anything can expect an award of somekid.
I was a big fan of the Crown, not sure what it’s prospects are for the rest of the night.
Let me use this commercial break to confess that I haven’t seen a TON of the nominated shows. Lately most of my tv time is dedicated to rewatching 30 Rock on netflix before they take it down
Griffin that is exactly what I have been doing.
Haha if only it was nominated this year, I’d have sooooo much to contribute
Next award: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Gina!!!! Love her
Kate McKinnon takes home the award for Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon is amazing, so glad she won!
I love this!!!! She’s so great. SNL wins are so rare
But she totally deserves it. I wanted her to be nominated for a supporting actor Oscar for Ghostbusters too.
She deserves this for singing “Hallelujah” after the election alone. That was an amazing piece of tv. I don’t love everything they’ve done with Trump, but that was perfect.
Laura Dern!!!!! The greatest ever
Laura Dern wins the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Big Little Lies is gonna clean up the mini-series stuff
Absolutely, it was a great limited series
Out of curiosity, how are you two watching the show? I’m on traditional antenna TV.
John Williams here, sharing Producer Girffin’s laptop. Tech problems for me but wow, good show so far! The Spicer reclamation project is underway.
I am watching at my friend’s apartment on a good ole cable tv!
That sounds like a great idea for a show, John.
“The Spicer Reclamation Project” with Ty Pennington
Dave Chappelle never fails to make me laugh
Next award is Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover wins for “Atlanta”
Is there anything that Donald Glover can’t do?
Wow! So great to see Donald Glover on stage, I really want Atlanta to win comedy series. Such an amazing show
Atlanta was truly one of the best of last year. All accolades absolutely deserved.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series is up next
I did not realize Tracey Ullman still had a show.
Saturday Night Live is the winner
Not surprised that SNL took the award. They had a killer season.
I’m not sure Tracey Ullman realized she still had a show
I would have preferred to see Documentary Now win. SNL is great but Documentary Now is subversive, inventive and overall hysterical.
Perfect speech from Lorne Michaels. Short, to the point and humorous.
JW here. In case anyone is wondering, no tweets from POTUS so far…
Any predictions on when we can expect his outburst?
I say late tonight or sometime tomorrow morning.
Aaaand now for a bizarre Westworld sketch
Okay 1-100 this Westworld sketch. 94.
Tituss Burgess makes everything better
Time for the next award: Outstanding Writer for a Drama Series
Bruce Miller wins for “The Handmaid’s Tale”
First win for The Handmaid’s Tale tonight, hopefully the first of many
Louie Anderson won last year right? Or was that the Golden Globes?
This should have been Titus Burgess! He’s the funniest man on tv to me.
Alec Baldwin wins Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of President Trump on SNL
I mean…super predictable that Baldwin won. I think Tituss should’ve taken the award, he carried Kimmy Schmidt this season.
I agree with both of you, Alec Baldwin was low hanging fruit.
I like his Trump, it’s very good, but that category was just so stacked. Would have loved to see Louie Anderson win too. Or the Veep guys, they’re always great, but that show has gotten its share of love already
I feel like this season of SNL wasn’t as good as people say it was. I found myself paying more attention to Samantha Bee and John Oliver.
I think that’s fair. It had great moments. Dave Chappelle in the show after the election, Kate McKinnon in everything, Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer, but I still have a bad taste in my mouth from when Trump hosted during the campaign. It was a good season tho
Rachel Bloom is great, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a good show
Has Alexis Blidel aged at all?!
Big Little Lies takes home another award!
Jean-Marc Vallee wins Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special for his work on “Big Little Lies”
I am unafraid to declare my appreciation for Dolly Parton
Also, for all you millennials out there, Lily Tomlin was the voice of Mrs. Frizzle on The Magic School Bus.
What?! Tom I had no idea. That’s so cool!
Alexander Skarsgaard wins Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for “Big Little Lies”
Very excited for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama! A category with a lot of great talent.
Trivia: Alexander Skarsgaard is the son of actor Stellan Skarsgaard of “Good Will Hunting” fame and the brother of Bill Skarsgaard who plays Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the new adaptation of “IT”
JW here. Just hoping I can tape three things at once. Missing Packers game, Ken Burns Vietnam and Outlander…
For all you Packer fans out there
C’mon ‘Last Week Tonight’!!!!
The writing staff of Last Week Tonight wins Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
So glad ‘Last Week Tonight’ won. Such a well thought out program every week.
Ann Dowd wins Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for “The Handmaid’s Tale”
JW here Camille, I think you’re right about Oliver. Even when he’s not super funny, his show is super smart. I appreciate the points they make, as much as the humor.
JW here – Do not play Ann Dowd off. THAT is a good THANK YOU speech to the people in your life that made it happen. TEARS!
I guess I need to get a Hulu subscription, have to catch up and watch “Handmaid’s Tale”
I guess I need to get a Hulu subscription. Got to catch up and watch “Handmaid’s Tale”
JW here: Ditto to Hulu. Haven’t seen 2 seconds of it. Yet I love his show!
“The television community embraces you, and the stories you choose to create”
This is a very moving moment.
Handmaid’s Tale was easily my favorite show this year
Master of None is a spotty show, not every episode is created equal, but wowowowow Thanksgiving was incredible. Totally deserves this
This is Griffin now haha
Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe win Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master of None
I think Master of None is great because it took some risks in writing and directing
Lena Waithe is the first African American woman to receive the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
The Voice wins Outstanding Reality Competition Program
I’m going to be 100% real here: I can’t stand TV singing/talent competitions.
Hahahah I’ve given plenty of my time to them in the past, but I don’t watch the Voice. Would rather see Project Runway win
Ru Paul is fantastic. Has twice the personality of Adam Levine.
Anna Chlumsky sobbing during Lena Waithe’s speech is still haunting me! That was so sweet, such a great speech.
Handmaid’s Tale is crushing
Reed Morano wins Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for Handmaid’s Tale
Love seeing female directors being recognized
Such a great show. Get out there and watch it if you haven’t seen it (and read the book!)
Charlie Brooker wins Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie for the Black Mirror episode “San Junipero”
This was definitely the best episode of Black Mirror’s last season. A break from their depressing, nihilistic, apocalyptic streak. It was so sweet and touching. Good win
Strange graphics on the In Memoriam
These “In Memoriam” segments always get me. So surreal to see these great artists again.
Griffin I was thinking the exact same thing.
JW here. Exactly. This is a good show tonight. Good blend of speeches, funny Trump digs, produced features. And that they do the In Memoriam segment live, mixing produced video with stage music, is underappreciated. Well done. Good night, Mary!
Don Roy King wins Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series for SNL
I love getting to see the people who make these shows happen behind the scenes. Without them, TV doesn’t exist.
JW Here. Agreed, Tom. And a really good speech. I’ll keep this short – very funny, too.
Totally agree Tom. That recognition is so important!
Last Week Tonight wins Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Very interesting to not see “The Tonight Show” nominated this year. What do you guys think?
JW here. Hey America. Colbert or his team deserve an award tonight. And Desus and Mero – prediction – will be nominated next year. Book it.
JW here – Is it possible Jimmy Fallon tossling POTUS’s hair doomed him?
JW here – “They can only make one a week.” Nice.
I think Jimmy is just a bit too shallow for my tastes. His show is fun, but there’s no bite to it.
I stopped watching The Tonight Show a couple of years ago. My favorite network host is Jimmy Kimmel.
If he were to stay apolitical, he would have to be more of a Carson type, which if we’re being honest he could never be.
Donald Glover wins Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
JW here. Jimmy Kimmel is the best on TV. And Glover again?!?! I’m going to have to give that show another full effort.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep
She’s amazing on Veep, but she’ll always be Elaine to me!
JW here. The reverse Susan Lucci. Julia L D wins again. Here show is REALLY cringe worthy good. And is Kevin Spacey really recording this on his phone?
Two industry legends announcing an award? Are we in for an Oscars repeat?
JW here. Well put: “…laughter adds time to our lives.”
Veep wins Outstanding Comedy Series
I really would have liked to see Silicon Valley win.
Would have preferred a win for Atlanta, but congrats to Veep
Veep is another show I need to watch! A lot of great content out right now. So much to watch, so little time.
JW here: Remembering the line, there isn’t a small paper store!
Veep is another show I need to see! A lot of great content out right now. So much to watch, so little time.
JW here: Camille, I would have been way okay to see Silicon V win, too…
JW Here: Last POTUS tweet still begins with, “Loser terrorist must be dealt with…”
Riz Ahmed wins Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for The Night Of
I think one of the takeaways of this year’s show is: traditional broadcast needs to catch up
JW here: If you didn’t watch The Night Of, you should. That should DRAWS you in and it is amazing. This award is deserved.
Nicole Kidman wins Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Big Little Lies
Notice how much time they’re giving Nicole Kidman. I guess it pays to be a movie star…
This is Nicole Kidman’s first Emmy win!
JW here: Tom I guess it pays to ROCK a great speech. But yeah, I noticed.
Black Mirror: San Junipero wins for Best Television Movie
JW here: Camille, I didn’t hear that. Thanks!
While it didn’t win, please check out the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Both the book and tv movie are fascinating and worth your time.
Very happy they’re honoring Roots. Unbelievably important moment in TV history
JW here: This roots presentation with Ms. Tyson is what makes these shows so great. Live, honest, imperfect, human…
Couldn’t agree more John.
Big Little Lies wins Outstanding Limited Series
JW here; So…Nicole is 8’13” right?
Fingers crossed Milo wins!
Sterling K. Brown wins Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for This Is Us
Ok but I am actually super happy that Sterling K. Brown won. I love This is Us so much.
Great actor, very glad to see him get the win. This Is Us has been a juggernaut for NBC.
This seems like a fun win, Sterling K. Brown is great. That said I watched the first ep of This is Us and thought it was pretty dumb haha, didn’t stick with it
It is one of the only shows on TV I still watch every week at its scheduled air time.
Agreed Tom, not many network dramas nominated this year.
I am loving this speech
Shoutouts to Dick Whitman (lol) and Andre Braugher! Haha love it
Damn they fully cut him off. That sucks
Elisabeth Moss wins Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Handmaid’s Tale
Can’t believe she never won for Mad Men!
This is the win I was waiting for. She gives an incredible performance in this show. Been waiting for her to win an award since she played Peggy on Mad Men.
Thinking Handmaid’s Tale has a very good shot at Outstanding Drama
Woah what did she say!!!
I really want to know what she said!
Here it is folks, the final award!
The Handmaid’s Tale wins Outstanding Drama Series
Cannot wait to watch this series!
Margaret Atwood in the house ohhhhhhhhhh!!!
“Go home, get to work, we have a lot of things to fight for”. Great last words for the program.
Definitely! Good show, good winners, this was fun yall
Thanks Camille, Griffin and John. Lots of fun!
Great program this evening. The Emmys are always one of my favorite award shows to watch! Lots of shows I need to catch up on! Thanks Tom, Griffin and John! I had a great time.
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