Welcome to the 2011 Emmys—and the first inaugural ThinkProgress Emmy liveblog! Joining me is the marvelous Libby Hill from TV on the Internet. We’ll be posting updates in reverse chronological order, so keep refreshing. And join in the comments or hit us up on Twitter, me at @alyssarosenberg and Libby at @midwestspitfire with questions or snark.
10:56 Alyssa: Modern Family wins, and this night finally draws to a close. A few general thoughts:
-The general lockout of 30 Rock strikes me as a good thing. The show’s gotten complacent and stale. I hope Tina Fey finds a way to move it forward this season.
-It’s really unfortunate that Modern Family has a gay couple that it’s explicitly decided aren’t married (and I know that’s true because the actors who play Mitch and Cam told me that at the HRC Awards last year). It’s true that Mitch and Cam are humanizing gay couples, but the show really should have taken that step if it wants major credit for being groundbreaking.
-Too Big to Fail is really wonderful. I’m excited to see what HBO’s movie division comes up with next year. I hadn’t thought about it this way going into the awards show but it’s the thing I think I’m most sorry didn’t get more recognition. With any luck, Homeland will take off, and we’ll have a show with some social relevance that collects some statuettes next year.
-Peter Dinklage’s Emmy win was a nice way for Game of Thrones to force the wedge in the door. With any luck, this won’t be Lord of the Rings syndrome, and the show will get broader recognition next year. If I was a betting woman, I’d tell you to put money on Maisie Williams, as long as HBO puts her name in contention. Next season should be amazing for Arya.
Thanks to Libby for all the help. And thanks to all of you for tuning in. See you tomorrow morning!