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Wrapping Up the Prime Time Emmys

So guys, get this. I watched the network broadcast of the Prime Time Emmy Awards last Sunday night on NBC.

What I was most impressed with was the underdog and one of my personal favorites “Modern Family” pretty much swept the Emmy’s in the comedy category starting with Eric Stonestreet winning for Best Supporting Actor and finishing the evening with a win for Best Comedy Series in their first season.

Other wins that made me happy were:
Edie Falco who won for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as “Nurse Jackie.” I think it was her third or fourth Emmy because of wins for “The Sopranos.” Both these shows are on HBO which I don't get so I'll have to watch them on Netflix.

I spent several years working as a waitress with Edie and we were good friends as well. She mentioned in her acceptance speech that she didn’t think she was funny, which was a sarcastic, funny remark in itself. I remember her as having a dry, sarcastic wit and that’s one reason we got along so well. She also had a randy side to her humor as I did.

I am also a devotee of “Glee,” since it brings me back to my years ago musical theater roots. So I was glad to see Jane Lynch win Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the show.

I remember Jane Lynch from “Two and a Half Men” as Charlie’s psychologist where she displays the same no-nonesense sarcasm she pulls off so well on “Glee.” I’m so glad she was recognized.

Even Herman was intrigued with the Emmy’s because the HBO TV movie “Temple Grandin” won in several categories and Herman met Temple at a conference on autism years ago.
As I’m writing this I’m reminding Herman to put “Temple Grandin” higher on the list of Netflix movies to watch.

I’m also putting the HBO movie “A Dog Year” on my Netflix list. The book was written by Jon Katz who I met at a reading in Saratoga Springs (his farm is located just east of Saratoga) and starred Jeff Bridges who was up for an Emmy for his portrayal of Katz.

Katz told me how strange it was seeing himself portrayed by an actor. He also told me he had the surreal experience of looking for a farm to film on location. When he suggested one that reminded him of his own farm, the producer said, “Oh, no. That’s not like your farm at all.”

By that the producer meant it wasn’t like his concept for the farm in the movie.

And let’s face it, Jeff Bridges doesn’t look a lot like Katz either. In fact, Jeff Bridges is definitely an idealized version of Katz. After all, it is the movies, even on TV.

So that’s my wrap-up of this year’s Prime Time Emmys. Hope you got to see them and enjoyed them as much as I did.

About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site