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If You Missed The Emmys, You Didn’t Miss Much


In case you missed the 67th annual Prime-Time Emmy Awards on Fox Sunday night, you didn’t miss much.

With all the competition from Netflix, Amazon and other online services, the 2014-15 was one of the best TV seasons ever. And the Fox telecast hosted by comedian Andy Samberg was perhaps the worst, or at least the raunchiest with references to porn and oral sex in the first hour.

If you stayed around for the end, the best moments came in the final hour:

--Comedian Tracy Morgan walking on stage 15 months after the New Jersey traffic accident which took life of his friend James McNair, to present the best drama award to HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the big winner Sunday night. (See full list below)

--Viola Davis (ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder”) quoting former slave Harriet Tubman after becoming the first African-American woman to win the drama best actress award. She also said:  “Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

--Jon Hamm finally winning best drama actor for the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men.”

--Uzo Aduba (Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black”) and Peter Dinklage (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) genuine shock and touching remarks for winning best supporting players in a drama.

HBO won the most awards (14) thanks to “Olive Kitteridge” (6), “Game of Thrones” (4) and “Veep” (4). Comedy Central was second (4) with “The Daily Show” (3) and “Inside Amy Schumer” (1).

Of the big three networks which once had a monopoly on prime-time, ABC won two (“How To Get Away With Murder,” “American Crime), while NBC and CBS won one each.

Here are Sunday’s winners:

Drama Series: “Game of Thrones, “HBO

Comedy Series: “Veep,” HBO

Variety Talk Show: “The Daily Show,” Comedy Central

Variety Sketch Series: “Inside Amy Schumer,” Comedy Central

Reality Competition Program: “The Voice,” NBC

Drama Lead Actress: Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder,” ABC

Drama Lead Actor: Jon Hamm, “Mad Men,” AMC

Drama Supporting Actress: Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black,” Netflix

Drama Supporting Actor: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones,” HBO

Drama Director: David Nutter, “Game of Thrones,” HBO

Drama Writing:  “Game of Thrones,” HBO

Comedy Lead Actress:  Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO

Comedy Lead Actor: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent,” Amazon

Comedy Supporting Actress: Former Cincinnati resident Allison Janney, “Mom,” CBS

Comedy Supporting Actor: Tony Hale, “Veep,” HBO

Comedy Writing: Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, “Veep,” HBO

Comedy Directing: Jill Soloway, “Transparent,” Amazon

Miniseries or Movie: “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO

Miniseries or Movie Lead Actress: Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO

Miniseries or Movie Lead Actor: Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO

Miniseries or Movie Supporting Actress: Regina King, “American Crime,” ABC

Miniseries or Movie Supporting Actor: Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO

Miniseries or Movie Director: Lisa Cholodenko, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO

Miniseries or Movie Writing: Jane Anderson, “Olive Kitteridge,” HBO

Variety Show Writing: “The Daily Show,” Comedy Central

Variety Show Directing: Chuck O’Neil, “The Daily Show,” Comedy Central

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.