The Best, Worst and Wildest Moments of the 2021 Emmy Awards

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards were live, in-person and as gloriously awkward and frustratingly imperfect as ever. Host Cedric the Entertainer opened the show with a montage of some favorite TV moments from the last year. Then Cedric, Lil Dicky , LL Cool J and Rita Wilson rap-sang a TV-themed version of the late Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend” while Billy Porter , Tracee Ellis-Ross , Mandy Moore, the cast of Hamilton , Allison Janney, Ken Jeong and Michael Douglas clapped along. It was the perfect reminder that despite being well into our second pandemic year, the Emmys are back in all their ridiculous, celebrity-fueled televised glory.
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Watch Scott Bakula, Jason Alexander, Zooey Deschanel And More Share Emmy Gripes In Hilarious Video

Everyone's mileage varies when it comes to the annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which have been more extra than usual in recent years thanks to hosting choices (or a lack thereof) and the pandemic. This year's televised ceremony on CBS was no different, as Cedric the Entertainer gave viewers some enjoyable moments (like that opening tribute) mixed with some truly baffling attempts at comedy (the non-timely fly callback). Even the the telecast is still happening at the time of this writing, I can already say with confidence that the funniest few minutes of the night went to the "No Emmy Support Group," featuring Jason Alexander, Scott Bakula, Zooey Deschanel, and Alyson Hannigan, along with a couple of special guests.

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Black News Channel: AMplified with Aisha Mills at 7p. CBS: The Neighborhood at 8p, Bob Hearts Abishola at 8:30p, NCIS at 9p, NCIS: Hawai’i at 10p. The 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out on Sunday, in a CBS ceremony hosted by “The Neighborhood” star Cedric the Entertainer from the L.A. Live deck. (“Lock the doors, we’re not leaving till we find a new host for ‘Jeopardy,’” said Cedric.”) Netflix’s “The Crown” took home the trophy for Outstanding Drama Series, while Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” landed the prize for Comedy Series. In Lead Actor categories, Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”) and Olivia Coleman (also “The Crown”) won for drama series, while Jason Sudekis (“Ted Lasso”) and Jean Smart (HBO Max’s “Hacks”) were comedy winners. Creative Arts ceremonies took place September 11 and 12; for a complete list of winners, go here.

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Season 4 episode 2 is going to be on ABC come Wednesday, September 29, and there are a few quirks we can share about it now. Take, for example, the fact that this is technically the first installment that was filmed this season! The September 22 premiere is going to be live, so the writers had a unique challenge of making episode 2 fit story-wise following one that hadn’t even aired yet. This had to be bizarre for the cast and crew to film, but there’s some really fun stuff they got to take on here. Take, for example, the chance to work with another sitcom legend in Jason Alexander. The Seinfeld star is going to be playing a character named Pastor Phil and judging by the synopsis below, he’s going to be a central part of Darlene’s journey:

Cedric The Entertainer Honors TV History And Biz Markie In Short & Sweet Emmy Opening

Producers of this year’s Emmy Awards promised the opening musical number would be short and sweet, and they kept their word. With Cedric the Entertainer offering a very brief opening monologue about the central role TV has played in his life – he gave a shout-out to his grandmother and their time spent watching “our programs together” – the host then launched into a celebrity rap-along to a rewritten version of the late Biz Markie‘s “Just a Friend.”
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