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The Best and Worst Moments of the 2022 Emmys


After two consecutive ceremonies shaped by the pandemic, the Primetime Emmys returned to what felt roughly like a pre-Covid format on Monday night. The awards were handed out within the celebrity-stuffed Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and the corny bits were about TV clichés, not masks and social distancing.

The show remained fixated on a milder existential threat, nonetheless: streaming services. The theme remained dominant despite the fact that the ceremony ran on Peacock in addition to NBC, with the host, Kenan Thompson, working multiple Netflix digs into his monologue. “For another 12 months,” The Times’s Mike Hale wrote in his review of the telecast, “we got the weird spectacle of broadcast TV nervously proclaiming its relevance as if it wouldn’t have the possibility to accomplish that for much longer.”

Along the way in which, there was the same old array of leaden gags, shameless commercialism and genuinely poignant moments that transcended all of the award-show contrivance. There was also, within the success of series like “Abbott Elementary,” evidence that the broadcasters still have some Emmy relevance left in them, whilst prestige cable and streaming services claimed the largest prizes. JEREMY EGNER

A key to good comedy is having a particular voice. Sheryl Lee Ralph, the previous “Dreamgirls” actress who won best supporting comedy actress for “Abbott Elementary,” has that in additional ways than one.

She took the stage and belted the opening lines of “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves before launching right into a fervent acceptance that deserved a statuette of its own. JAMES PONIEWOZIK

“Abbott Elementary,” the breakout ABC sitcom set in a struggling Philadelphia public school, won two Primetime Emmys for its inaugural season, ahead of next week’s Season 2 debut.

Along with Ralph’s acting win, the show’s creator, Quinta Brunson, who also stars, picked up a prize for best comedic writing, and the series won a Creative Arts Emmy this month for best casting.

Of its seven total nominations, one was for best comedy; had “Abbott” won, it will have been the primary network comedy to accomplish that since “Modern Family” in 2014. Based on its performance in its first day trip, “Abbott” needs to be a top Emmy contender for years to come back. KALIA RICHARDSON

Jennifer Coolidge won her first Emmy on Monday for her supporting role within the HBO anthology series “The White Lotus.” The show’s creator, Mike White, made the character specifically for Coolidge, who in her early 30s lost her own mother.

True to the oversharing nature of the ladies she often plays, Coolidge was quick to supply a disclaimer up front: “I just need to say, you already know, I took a lavender bath tonight right before the show, and it made me swell up inside my dress,” she said. “And I’m having a tough time speaking.” KALIA RICHARDSON

The rhythm of the show was weirdly off. The intros, clips and bits often felt as in the event that they were within the flawed order; the commentary from the announcer, Sam Jay, didn’t land, and the banter segments were too varied to hit a consistent pace. The ceremony just couldn’t find its stride.

One conspicuous result was that while winners on award shows often note that the countdown clock for his or her speeches is intimidating, Monday’s Emmy winners seemed extra pressured and thus extra flustered. The show played off engaging winners like Quinta Brunson and Jennifer Coolidge while making loads of time for inane “copaganda” segments and slow bits that went nowhere.

The purpose of the show is the speeches! Allow us to have them! Budget the time higher! MARGARET LYONS

That “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls” took the award for outstanding competition program is a breath of fresh air for a stagnant category.

“The Amazing Race” has won 10 times, “The Voice” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” each 4 times, and no show had won the category in its first season. There have been so many as-predicted winners this 12 months — not a vice per se; “Succession” is an awesome series — that this was especially refreshing, and Lizzo’s emotional acceptance speech helped energize a flagging show. MARGARET LYONS

Each “Barry” and “What We Do within the Shadows,” two of TV’s best comedies, got shut out. They lost out to worthy winners, but those shows are each extraordinary, and I hope “Shadows,” especially, gets its awards glory sooner or later. MARGARET LYONS

What’s the perfect approach to have fun what people love most about TV? Not with a surprise dose of what people hate most about TV.

This 12 months’s broadcast included an enormous Kia ad, smuggled in under the guise of a sketch about TV dialogue. I do know TV runs on automobile commercials, but this one drove me nuts. JAMES PONIEWOZIK

“Squid Game,” the dystopian Netflix drama that exploded into a global smash hit, made history on Monday, picking up multiple drama awards.

Lee Jung-jae, the star of the series, took home the highest acting prize and have become the primary person from a foreign-language show to win best actor in a drama. And Hwang Dong-hyuk won the drama directing Emmy. The series, Netflix’s most watched latest series ever, in accordance with the streamer, was also up for the Emmy for best drama, an award “Succession” ultimately won.

Coming into Monday, the show had been nominated for 14 Emmys and won 4, including awards for guest acting, stunts production design and visual effects, presented this month within the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony.

In his acceptance speech, Lee praised the show and people involved with it for making “a sensible problem all of us face come to life so creatively.” MATT STEVENS

The Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” enjoyed a robust Emmys night for the second consecutive 12 months, taking home several top prizes, including its second win for best comedy.

Jason Sudeikis likewise won best comedic actor for a second straight 12 months, and Brett Goldstein once more broke his promise to not swear on TV (while picking up a repeat win for supporting actor). MATT STEVENS

The Television Academy once more made “Succession” its favorite child, awarding that HBO dramedy a couple of Murdoch-like corporate clan the prize for best drama, solidifying its status as essentially the most esteemed series on television immediately. It previously was named best drama in 2020.

Jesse Armstrong, the show’s creator, won for best writing for a drama series, however the show got here up short in other areas — it won 4 of the 25 categories by which it was nominated, with Matthew Macfadyen taking the one acting prize, for his supporting role. (The fourth win was for casting.) — JULIA JACOBS

“The White Lotus,” the hit HBO series that skewered the entitled behavior of rich vacationers, scooped up five Primetime Emmys, including the award for best limited series. The show’s creator, Mike White, who picked up back-to-back Emmys for writing and directing, compared his writing win to increasing his threat level on the fact competition show “Survivor,” on which he was once a contestant.

“I just need to stay in the sport,” he said, adding: “Don’t come for me. Don’t vote me off the island, please.” KALIA RICHARDSON

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