Review: The Emmy Awards

Dare I say it? This year's Emmy Awards show was almost, gasp, Emmy-worthy (well, up until that deadly stretch in the back half; kills the show every time). And with a surprising number of first-time winners, a few of them quite surprising and even for the most part surprisingly satisfying, it rarely felt like a retread of past seasons.

Bravo to a great freshman TV class for giving the voters something and someone new to honor: Modern Family, Glee, Eric Stonestreet, Jane Lynch, Edie Falco, and so on. And bravo to host Jimmy Fallon and his ad hoc Glee-inspired ensemble (including a splendidly hammy Jon Hamm, getting dance tips from Betty White) for delivering a killer and multi-network-inclusive opening production number. They were "Born to Run," even Kate Gosselin, and the show's first hour ran like a rocket, as major comedy and drama winners took to the stage.

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