Sunday night, the 63rd Emmy Awards were presented by first time host Jane Lynch of Fox’s “Glee.” While New England was well-represented throughout the show, the big winners of the evening was ABC’s “Modern Family,” winning a total of five awards, including the first four awards of the evening.
Massachusetts men, Steve Carrell and John Krasinski were both spotted on the red carpet, speaking individually to E’s Ryan Seacrest. Krasinski remarked on how he had not seen Carrell since he left, and how he was enjoying working with James Spader, a new addition to “The Office” family. Carrell likewise said how he was looking forward to catching up with his former cast.
Boston’s own Leonard Nimoy helped open the show, appearing as the ‘President of Television’ in the opening gag/musical number with Jane Lynch about the world of TV. The skit featured Lynch making her way through an apartment building where all of the current TV shows “live.” At one point, Lynch happened upon the “Mad Men” set, and sang to the characters about how women “in the future” can marry other women. Lynch married her partner in Sunderland, Massachusetts, in 2010. Many television stars made appearances throughout the skit; even the “Can you hear me now?” guy from the infamous Verizon commercials, Paul Marcarelli, a native of North Haven, Connecticut, made a brief cameo.
As for the awards, Matt LeBlanc, a Newton native, lost to Jim Parsons from “Big Bang Theory” for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy and “Downton Abby (Masterpiece)” beat “The Kennedys” for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Barry Pepper, who played Robert F. Kennedy in the controversial miniseries “The Kennedys,” won the best supporting actor award.
Burlington’s Amy Poehler, along with winner Melissa McCarthy helped present the award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. Poehler was up against McCarty earlier in the evening for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy. The funny lady nominees each scrambled to the stage as their names were called and assembled in a row, pageant-like, and stood holding hands, before McCarthy was announced as the winner, and presented with her trophy, along with a tiara and bouquet of roses.
Mark Wahlberg was spotted in the audience when Lynch introduced the cast of “Entourage,” who presented the award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special. Actor Jeremy Piven even joked about his former boss, remarking about how “HBO, also known as the Mark Wahlberg Channel.” Wahlberg served as executive producer of the show up until its last season earlier this year.
Also appearing during the telecast, Connecticut’s Michael Bolton reprised his role as Captain Jack Sparrow from his wildly popular viral digital video with the SNL guys who make up the Lonely Island music group.
Actress Jill Clayburgh, who died in early November of last year, appeared in the annual “In Memoriam” reel; she was a native of Connecticut.
Newton’s own John Krasinski has got lots to talk about lately, with new projects on the horizon, and a major change at “The Office.”
He’s currently gearing up for the release of his new film, Something Borrowed, co-starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Colin Egglesfield. The film is based on the book of the same title by Emily Giffin. It follows the story of two female best friends who end up at odds when one of them sleeps with the other’s fiancé. Krasinski plays Ethan, the “long-time trusted friend” of the girls, who also bears a secret. The film will be in theaters on May 6.
Keeping busy hasn’t been a problem for the 31 year old, who married British actress Emily Blunt in Italy on July 10th of last year. Currently on tap to be released later this year, Krasinski will be appearing with his wife in a new Muppets movie. In 2012, we’ll also see the 6’3” hunk pop up in Everybody Loves Whales, co-starring Kristen Bell and Drew Barrymore, which is currently in post-production. He’ll also be in Nobody Walks, co-starring Rosemarie DeWitt, which is currently in pre-production.
Another busy actor and fellow Massachusetts native Steve Carrell departs “The Office” today, and former “SNL” funnyman Will Ferrell steps in to take his place–if only temporarily. When asked whether or not the temporary addition to the cast will become permanent, Krasinski remains mum, saying only that business will continue as usual on the hit show, no matter who ends up being the boss.
★ Watch clips of ‘Grown-Up’ Adam Sandler give a commencement address at his old high school in Manchester, New Hampshire.
★ Maine’s Anna Kendrick spotted in London after picking up an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakout Star.
★ Former “American Idol” contestant, Cape Cod’s Siobhan Magnus, recently joined Hanson on stage for a performance.
★ Pop singer Rihanna takes in a Red Sox game at Fenway.
★ Massachuestts’ Steve Carrell to leave “The Office” after contract ends next season.
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