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TONY'S ONLINE TIPS
for Monday, October 15, 2007

30 Rock

The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards were awarded last month in Los Angeles. Before they were awarded, as has become our custom here, we asked our Tony Polls voters to pick their favorites in over two dozen Emmy categories. For the past two columns, we've been running the results of your voting...and comparing the results to the actual winners. For today's column, we have the last batch of categories. But, first, we have a...

MAJOR CORRECTION!

These were the results of our voting for in the Outstanding Comedy Series category.

The Office (NBC).....32.10%
30 Rock (NBC).....30.86%
Two And A Half Men (CBS).....16.05%
Ugly Betty (ABC).....11.11%
Entourage (HBO).....9.88%

I voted for 30 Rock, but I incorrectly said the actual Emmy in this category went to The Office. My choice was the winner and your choice wasn't. Neener, neener.

This also means an adjustment to our running tally of winners. The adjusted count has the Tony Polls voters at 4-for-17, and yours truly at 2-for-17. Neither is an impressive score, but, at least, mine is now a little less not impressive.

Moving right along...

Of these nominees, which is your choice for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series?

Heroes: Five Years Gone.....54.60%
Battlestar Galactica: Exodus, Part 2.....28.12%
Eureka: Pilot.....10.94%
Rome: Philippi.....6.25%
Grey's Anatomy: Walk On Water.....0%

I voted for EUREKA because I felt the special effects worked with the story without overwhelming it. The award in this category went to BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. You're 4-for-18.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson [How I Met Your Mother].....46.67%
Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute [The Office].....26.67%
Jon Cryer as Alan Harper [Two And A Half Men ].....13.33%
Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold [Entourage ].....8.33%
Kevin Dillon as Johnny Drama [Entourage ].....5%

I voted for JON CRYER, which, in retrospect, was a knee-jerk vote because I liked him so much in the early seasons of the show. I'm not watching the show this season. The actual Emmy was awarded to JEREMY PIVEN. You're 4-for-19.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura [Heroes].....46.97%
William Shatner as Denny Crane [Boston Legal].....25.76%
Terry O'Quinn as John Locke [Lost].....13.64%
Michael Emerson as Ben [Lost].....9.09%
Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti [The Sopranos].....3.03%
T.R. Knight as George [Grey's Anatomy].....1.52%

I also voted for MASI OKA, but the Academy members voted for the also excellent TERRY O'QUINN. You're 4-for-20.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Jaime Pressly as Joy Turner [My Name Is Earl].....38.98%
Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly [The Office].....23.73%
Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater [Ugly Betty].....15.25%
Conchata Ferrell as Berta [Two And A Half Men ].....10.17%
Elizabeth Perkins as Celia Hodes [Weeds].....6.78%
Holland Taylor as Evelyn Harper [Two And A Half Men ].....5.08%

This was a tough choice. I was back-and-forth between JAIME PRESSLY, who won the Emmy Award, and CONCHATA FERRELL, who I voted for because her work in Two and a Half Men has been terrific for years. That makes you 5-for-21 while I lag behind at a dismal 2-for-21. Odds makers, we're not.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi [The Sopranos].....30%
Katherine Heigl as 'Izzie' Stevens [Grey's Anatomy].....18%
Aida Turturro as Janice Soprano [The Sopranos].....16%
Chandra Wilson as Dr. Bailey [Grey's Anatomy].....16%
Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Whedon [Brothers & Sisters].....10%
Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang [Grey's Anatomy].....10%

I stopped watching Grey's Anatomy when I stopped liking most of the characters. But I always liked CHANDRA WILSON's work on the show, so she got my vote. The actual Emmy went to KATHERINE HEIGL, who's a pretty fair actress herself. That makes you 5-for-22 in these categories.

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.....48.39%
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central).....19.35%
Late Show With David Letterman (CBS).....16.13%
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO).....9.68%
Late Night With Conan O'Brien (NBC).....6.45%

I also voted for THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART. The Academy voters agreed with us. That's makes you 6-for-23 and yours truly 3-for-23. I think I hear the fat lady warming up.

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

30 Rock: Tracy Does Conan; Tina Fey.....40.35%
Extras: Daniel Radcliffe; Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant, writers.....28.07%
The Office: The Negotiation; Michael Schur.....17.54%
The Office: Gay Witch Hunt; Greg Daniels.....12.28%
30 Rock : JackTor; Robert Carlock.....1.75%

I also voted for 30 ROCK: TRACY DOES CONAN, but the award went to THE OFFICE: GAY WITCH HUNT. You're 6-for-24.

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Battlestar Galactica: Occupation/Precipice, written by Ronald D. Moore.....45.90%
Lost: Through The Looking Glass, written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.....40.98%
The Sopranos: Made In America, David Chase, writer.....8.20%
The Sopranos: Kennedy And Heidi, Matthew Weiner and David Chase, writers.....3.28%
The Sopranos: The Second Coming, Terence Winter, writer.....1.64%

I hated this category because so many good episodes from quite frankly better shows weren't included. The Academy showed no love for Criminal Minds, C.S.I., Deadwood, Heroes and Veronica Mars, to name five shows that leapt immediately to mind. Since I didn't see any of the nominees, I abstained. The Emmy Award went to THE SOPRANOS: MADE IN AMERICA. You're 6-for-25.

Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.....54.24%
Late Show With David Letterman (CBS).....16.95%
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central).....15.25%
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO).....10.17%
Late Night With Conan O'Brien (NBC).....3.39%

I also voted for THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART. However, as if to put an exclamation point on a litany of stupid choices, the Academy gave the Emmy to LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN. I might be more forgiving if I had ever been able to watch an entire episode of O'Brien's show.

This was clearly not the year for our favorites to clean up at the Emmy Awards. You were 7-for-26 (27%) and I finished 3-for-25 (8.33%). The fat lady has sung.

Now she's just laughing at us.

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back soon with more stuff.

Tony Isabella

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