Some observations from Monday night’s Emmy Awards:
1. It finished on time. I cannot stress how important and great this is. Bravo to host Seth Meyers who kept it moving and to (most) winners who didn’t thank every agent, teacher or pet they ever had. They could have gained time if they left Weird Al out. Just sayin’.
2. It wasn’t the Netflix rout people predicted. It was nice to see networks sort of hold their own against the cable/streaming behemoths who can go naked, swear and lop off a lot of heads. Seems like the one person from “Orange is the New Black” who won was the one who should.
3. Give up Jon Hamm. Apparently Emmy voters think Donald Draper is too despicable to win — though, you’d have my vote for that Kodak carousel moment from Season 1 alone. Add to the give up list: Josh Charles, Jessie Tyler Ferguson, Ricky Gervais and anyone who competes against Allison Janney in any category.
4. Something about Matthew and Woody. I couldn’t put my finger on it and then I took to Twitter and there is was. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson channeled Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan from “A Night at the Roxbury.”
5. Good line: “Alright, alright, alright already.” Jimmy Kimmel, wearing Robin Williams/Mork suspenders, asking McConaughey to stop hogging all the awards. It worked. McConaughey lost.
6. Great line: “Robin Williams .... what a concept.” The last line of Billy Crystal’s moving tribute to his friend.
7. Ms. Bossy Pants: The “Modern Family” director who ordered a cameraman out of her line of sight so she could lock eyes with McConaughey during her thank you speech because looking at her cast would make her cry.
8. Word of advice: Lena Dunham, don’t watch Joan Rivers on “Fashion Police” tonight.
9. What shall forever be known as the “Sofia Vergara Controversy”: She stood on a rotating pedestal as the president of the TV academy talked and talked. She made fun of herself. Others didn’t find it funny. I think it would have been a better gag if she were up there with her “True Blood” boyfriend Joe Maganiello, but apparently she left him at home “because he is too hot.” Now THAT’s funny.
10. Seriously?: Gwen Stefani has a John Travolta “Adele Dazeem” moment when she can’t pronounce “The Colbert Report.” Would have loved to hear her try and announce the winner of best director of a drama — Cary Fukanaga for “True Detective.” OK, she would have been bleeped.
11. Bryan Cranston and Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Funny when they gave out the award and she feigned remembering Cranston’s appearance on “Seinfeld.” Hilarious when he stopped her from going on stage to accept her award for Best Actress with a 10-second kiss to REMIND her of his appearance on “Seinfeld.”
12. Amy Poehler rules. From her first moment creating a new Emmy category of “best orgasm in a Civil War re-enactment” to brainstorming with Seth Meyers on how to introduce the “True Detective” stars — “most likely to be chatty” in bed. I want her as my new best friend.