ⓘ 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

ⓘ 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in prime time television programming from June 1, 2010 until May 31, 2011, were held on Sunday, September 18, 2011, at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. Fox televised the ceremony within the United States. Jane Lynch hosted the Emmys for the first time. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 10.

The nominations were announced live on Thursday, July 14, 2011, at 5:40 a.m. PDT 12:40 UTC at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Los Angeles. The nominations were announced by Melissa McCarthy of Mike & Molly and Joshua Jackson of Fringe.

The biggest winner of the night was ABCs Modern Family. The series ended the event with five wins, including Outstanding Comedy Series for the second consecutive year. For the fourth time in history, the Outstanding Drama Series category was won for a fourth time, by AMCs Mad Men. It is also the third series to win four times consecutively in that category. Downton Abbey walked away with the award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, with four wins overall.

This years ceremony was watched by 12.4 million people, down 8% from last years show. The ceremony received mixed reviews from critics, with many praising the performance of Lynch as the host but criticizing the overall quality of the production, particularly the presenters and the orchestra.

Beginning this year, the Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Television Movie categories were merged. This was due to the continuing decline in the number of miniseries being produced; the previous two ceremonies only had two miniseries nominated. The merge was short-lived however when the separate categories returned, beginning in 2014.


1. Most major nominations

By network
  • Showtime – 7
  • CBS – 14
  • Fox – 8
  • NBC – 19
  • AMC – 11
  • ABC – 12
  • HBO – 29
By program
  • Modern Family ABC – 11
  • 30 Rock NBC / The Good Wife CBS / Too Big to Fail HBO – 6
  • Mildred Pierce HBO – 9
  • Mad Men AMC – 7

2.1. Memorable moments Opening number

The show opened with Jane Lynch performing a pre-taped opening number which showed the TV world as being contained inside of a large building, parodying Rear Window. Lynch walked through the building and entered the universe of shows including The Big Bang Theory, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Mythbusters and Glee the show of which Lynch is a cast member among others. Lynchs lyrics satirized elements of each show and television in general. The ceremony culminated with Lynch entering the theatre and performing a short dance number, which ended with a fireworks show. The opening number received a standing ovation.


2.2. Memorable moments Emmytones

Throughout the night, the "Emmytones" introduced each genre in the form of a short jingle. They consisted of Zachary Levi "Chuck", Cobie Smulders "How I Met Your Mother", Kate Flannery "The Office", Wilmer Valderrama "Royal Pains", Joel McHale "Community" and nominee Taraji P. Henson "Person of Interest". The Emmytones received mixed to negative reviews, with many critics citing them as unimportant and others calling them "time fillers."


2.3. Memorable moments Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

For the presentation of the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, each of the nominees went up to the stage in the style of a beauty pageant. The orchestra played music similar to that of a pageant as the nominees went to the stage. The winner ended up being Melissa McCarthy, who mentioned that this was "her first and best pageant ever." Both the producers and the nominees in the category gave nominee Amy Poehler credit for conceiving the idea. Nominee Martha Plimpton was also credited.

The presentation was well received critically with many critics regarding it to be the best part of the night. Once all the nominees reached the stage, they received a standing ovation. The pairing of Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara, who presented the category, was also praised critically.


2.4. Memorable moments Criticism about the orchestra

For the 2011 ceremony, the producers enlisted Hype Music to provide the orchestrations. These orchestrations were universally hated by reviewers. The band played music from the Hype Music roster of artists as the winners walked to the stage, breaking the tradition of their respective programs theme song being played as they accepted their awards. The decision to do this received an overwhelmingly negative response from critics and enraged Emmy Award enthusiasts, many of whom felt as though a tradition observed since the 1st Primetime Emmy Awards had been broken. One reviewer even called this decision "one of the biggest mistakes in the ceremonys history."

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