First of all, let's be real. The show was horrible. HORRIBLE.
OK, there were two highlights: a funny tribute to great TV theme songs, performed by Josh Groban, who proved to be a good sport and a talented mimic (loved his "South Park" theme).
And there was Jimmy Kimmel, who lampooned the tiresome reality TV format by making the five nominees for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program sweat a faux "elimination" round. (Jeff Probst won — eccchhh.)
The hosts themselves were unfunny as can be, and ditto for the presenters' dialogue, as the great Don Rickles pointed out quite bluntly, to everybody's delight. In another highlight Ricky Gervais did a funny bit with Steve Carrell, lead actor in the U.S. version of "The Office."
But that was about it. The rest of the show was as corny and painful to watch as these things often are.
At least your humble scribe can claim 5-for-7 in his Emmy picks (view here, just scroll down), which were published in the Sunday N&O.
I was wrong about Steve Carrell and "The Colbert Report" (the awards went to Alec Baldwin and "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," both deserving of the honors).
But I was right about "30 Rock," "Mad Men," Tina Fey, Glenn Close, and I literally leapt from the sofa and screamed when Bryan Cranston won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "Breaking Bad." Can I call it, or what?
So how did you guys do with your predictions?