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A Quick Recap of the 2014 Emmy Awards

The success of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards favored cable TV over Netflix in surprising levels – despite the recent success of Netflix shows like House of Cards, shows on cable TV took the lion’s share of awards. While this year’s ceremony was none too surprising when all is said and done, a few memorable moments, certain shows that swept the awards table, and a humorous presentation by Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Kimmel, and Weird Al Yankovic made this a successful and entertaining Emmys.

The most moving moment of the ceremony was the tribute to Robin Williams. His good friend and actor Billy Crystal presented the memorial. Crystal called Robin the “greatest friend you could ever imagine.” His insightful comment that “it’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives” struck a chord in the audience.

Touching moments also included tributes to Maya Angelou and Shirley Temple, who were laid to rest during the past year. Sara Bareilles sang a beautiful version of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” during the tributes.

As far as awards go, Breaking Bad and Modern Family stole the show. Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad took home a whopping five awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Brian Cranston (Walter White), Outstanding Supporting Drama Actor in a Drama Series for Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Anna Gunn (Skyler White), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Modern Family secured wins in Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

Not surprisingly, the talented actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, most famous for her roles in Seinfeld and Arrested Development, received an award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her show Veep.

The Big Bang Theory, The Amazing Race, and Mom also took home awards.

If you had to choose the Emmy winners, who would you give the awards to for Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Outstanding Actor, and Best Outstanding Actress? Let us know your thoughts!

Want to stay in the know about the most popular TV shows? Check out TV Guide!

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A New Season of Comedy: What We Can Tell from the First Episodes (Spoiler Alert!)

The Big Bang TheoryWith the exception of a few stragglers, most hit TV comedies have opened the curtain on a new season, and we can start to see the trajectory of what to expect. Here, we give you the updates.

A new season of television has begun! The drama has been unleashed, the laughs are rolling down the line and the witty banter has reappeared on the scene. Here, we’ve got you covered on what happened in the first episodes of this season’s top comedies and what we can expect to see as the rest of the episodes unroll.

Modern Family: Skinny, beautiful Gloria has a bun in the oven, and though Claire hoped she’d lose some of that sultry charm (“You’re gonna get so fat!”), Gloria looks just as smokin’ as ever, even with a baby bump. Mitch and Cam are taking a break from trying to adopt another baby, and Haley’s about to go to college for the season.

This season, we can expect to see how the grown Pritchett kids (Claire and Mitch) and Gloria’s son (Manny) deal with the thought of a new little one on their turf. Plus, according to this interview from TV Guide, the show will be dealing with all the ins and outs of Gloria’s pregnancy, as is to be expected.

The Big Bang Theory: Entering season six of the this charming nerd-laced comedy, The Big Bang Theory jumped right back into the awkwardly sweet banter they do best. Titled “The Date Night Variable,” episode one of this season kicks off with Howard in space still receiving telephone calls from his worried mother. Amy and Sheldon get ready for an anniversary date, which finds a comedic moment in Penny bleaching Amy’s upper lip for her.

Sheldon is his usual awkward self, inviting Raj to join them on their date, incensing his girlfriend and getting Raj kicked out and landing in the middle of a date with Penny and Leonard. Though he’s not necessarily more welcome in that space, he does end up encouraging the two in their relationship before getting kicked out again.

This season of The Big Bang Theory will be full of awkward relationship drama, contrasting Penny and Leonard to Sheldon and Amy’s “relationship agreement.” Plus, we’re likely to get more of the high-brow intellectual cracks we’ve come to love – and we’ll get to see how Howard does in space.

New Girl: Nothing says innocently adorable like Zooey Deschanel’s hilarious character, Jess, on Fox’s hit comedy “New Girl.” Now in its sophomore season, the show jumped in with a premiere episode titled “Re-launch,” which kicks off with Jess arriving late for a meeting with the vice principal of her school only to find out that she’s been laid off (but she can pick a consolation prize out of the lost and found).

In keeping with the show’s constant attempt at sexual humor, Schmidt has a “rebranding” party when his male parts are no longer broken, and he tries to figure out a moniker to encompass his new identity. Meanwhile, Jess comes home from being laid off and her male roommates try to ease the pain, though she wants them  to just act normal (“Schmidt, stop looking at me like I’m a fat kid riding a bike.”)

Schmidt throws a party, Cece shows up with her new boyfriend and Jess tap dances, though she’s supposed to be a shot girl. Jess finally breaks down about losing her job, Nick swings out of his rough-edged persona to sweetly comfort her, and Winston enjoys a good dance.

This season, we can expect to see Nick and Jess’ relationship evolve a little more as Schmidt continues to find himself. More than anything, though, we can probably rely on the often too-contrived low-brow sex humor. Still, this show is sprinkled with some really great moments that almost make up for what it lacks in originality.

 

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Cast of Modern Family: Who Are They in Real Life?

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We’re all familiar with their hilarious on-screen personas, but what are the members of the Emmy-nominated Modern Family cast like in real life?

They’ve made us laugh, they’ve made us … laugh. From Cam standing on the street corner screaming out “Stella!” to Phil reassuring us in episode one that he’s the cool dad, the stars of the comedy series Modern Family have won the hearts and funny bones of people across America.

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air tonight at 7pm ET on ABC, and after sweeping the Emmys last year, the show is poised to take the cake once again.

In honor of tonight’s festivities, we’re taking a look at a few of the cast members to see if their characters bear any similarities to who they are in real life. And they just might surprise you.

Eric Stonestreet (Cameron): He may be the flamboyant, paisley-wearing drama queen onscreen, but in real life Eric Stonestreet is, in his own words, “openly straight.” He isn’t entirely different from his onscreen self, however, as he did grow up in Kansas raising pigs on a farm.

Ty Burrell (Phil): Yes, on the show, Phil is the self-described “cool dad,” and in real life Ty and his wife, Holly, adopted their second daughter in March. The Oregon native might not be a suburban realtor in actuality, but he can definitely relate to Phil when it comes to having two daughters. Is he a cool dad in real life? Well, that’s anyone’s guess, but we like to think so.

Nolan Gould (Luke): Completely unlike his not-so-gifted Modern Family role, Nolan Gould is actually quite an articulate, intelligent young guy. In fact, at the age of 13 he’s already a member of Mensa, and he plays the upright bass. Check out this interview with Ellen, where he lets his true genius shine through.

Sofia Vergara (Gloria): Well, there’s no denying that Vergara is as beautiful in real life as she is onscreen, and yes, she really did come from Colombia, so the accent’s no fake. Is she really the mother of a poncho-wearing, espresso-sipping preteen? Well, no. She does have a 20-year-old son named Manolo, though (sounds like Manny, right?)

Sarah Hyland (Haley): While Modern Family’s Haley is known for being ditzy and conducting most of her day-to-day interactions over text messages, the real-life Sarah Hyland is an established actress who has been taking dance and voice lessons since she was a child. With an impressive list of acting roles to her name, Hyland is anything but clueless–and maybe that’s why she’s so good at fooling us into thinking she is. See for yourself on her first-ever talk show appearance, which she made last year on Ellen. Oh, and another major difference: Though she plays the 16-year-old Haley, Hyland is actually 21.