For its 69th festival of self-benediction, broadcast Sunday on CBS, the Television Academy brought on Stephen Colbert as its master of ceremonies. Already on the CBS payroll, already schooled in hosting — it is two years almost to the day that, having abandoned his ironic “Colbert Report” persona, he took over “The Late Show” — he was an obvious choice for this job. It was a choice made even easier, to be sure, as his numbers improved and the narrative surrounding “The Late Show” turned from disappointment to delight.
As a comedian, it’s Colbert’s job to take things apart, but he is temperamentally a thoughtful, philosophical, gracious, happy sort of humorist. Like “The Late Show,” where Colbert shows himself more interested in philosophy than celebrity self-promotion, Colbert’s Emmys show was, not surprisingly, genial, pointed, exuberant, just a little bit outrageous and marked by a kind of bemused patience with the vanities of Hollywood that did not exempt the host. When he led the audience in “the traditional Hollywood prayer: Lord, thank you for giving us talent and beauty and the gaping hole inside of each of us that craves love and will never be filled,” that was not meant just in fun. . . .
. . .The monologue began as a mix of good and bad jokes, like any late-night monologue, mostly on lightweight topics. There was the usual engaging with selected stars in the front row seats. But it was the Donald Trump jokes — the current administration being the source of much of “The Late Show’s” invigorated focus — that one awaited.
Why didn’t you give him an Emmy? If he had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn’t have run for president. This is all your fault.
Dressed in a smart purple suit and looking pleasantly dazed, Donald Glover entered the press room Sunday night clutching the two Emmys that helped him make history. One for best director for a comedy series, and the other for best actor in the same series, “Atlanta.”
“I feel crazy,” Glover said. “I’m all right. It’s been a pretty good year. I know everyone else is having an awful one, but mine is OK.”
Like many others who came to the backstage podium, he touched on politics.
Bruce Miller, writer of "The Handmaid's Tale" at the Emmys 2017.
Before he became a double Emmy winner-- for both drama series and writing for a drama series-- and before he helped Hulu make streaming TV history, "The Handmaid's Tale" producer spent Emmy morning, well, watching television.
"I sat with my daughter and watched 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,'" Bruce Miller said when we asked him on the red carpet about his Emmy pre-game.
Gee, maybe there is something to be said about the power of strong female characters, Hollywood.
To say that "Saturday Night Live" has experienced a renaissance this year with one of its most politically charged seasons would be as understated as Alec Baldwin's pursed lips when he's impersonating Trump.
Asked about the importance of TV in turbulent times, Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of the late-night sketch comedy show, says it comes down to trust.
"I think on a certain level, people trust television — certainly, our president does," Michaels told The Times on the Emmys red carpet.
Stephen Colbert understands that sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. Scratch that. Where you know everybody's name. Because they're on TV. And you're watching it.
Regardless, the host of the 2017 Emmy Awards opened his show with a song-and-dance number reminding the world that when, well, the world gets to be a little too much, there's always refuge to be found on television.
As delightful as Colbert's performance is, the entire bit is elevated by a surprise appearance by Chance the Rapper, who implored viewers to watch TV, sure, but to also not blind themselves to the pressing social issues of our time.
After the Emmy Awards wrapped, it was off to the Governors Ball, the evening's official post-party celebration.
Nobody who was anybody escaped the river of formally clad folks walking from the Microsoft Theater to the nearby L.A. Convention Center, where a score of stairs awaited those who'd been walking in heels all day. Jimmy Kimmel was spotted making the trip, as were Priyanka Chopra, GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis and directing nominee Lesli Linka Glatter.
Tables packed with glasses of Champagne and bottles of water greeted the guests as they reached their destination and entered a room that had been transformed for the evening.
Just like the "This is Us" star himself, folks in the audience were annoyed that Sterling K. Brown was played off during his acceptance speech for lead actor in a drama at Sunday night's Emmy Awards. “Nobody got that loud music,” he said from the stage as he got the wrap-up sign and the crowd in the Microsoft Theater began booing when his microphone was cut.
The moment felt extra galling given that when Nicole Kidman gave her speech for lead actress in a limited series for "Big Little Lies," the orchestra never began playing and she talked for far longer, 2:46 vs Brown's 1:57.
Later, in the press room, Brown reclaimed his time to share more thanks to his real and TV families. (For another 1:25.)
Hollywood came for President Trump at the 2017 Emmy Awards. Many nominees, presenters and winners took aim at the president from the Microfost Theater stage. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin even pulled out old quotes from their 1980 classic "9 to 5" calling him a "sexist egotistical lying hypocritical bigot." Meanwhile, host Stephen Colbert said he couldn't wait to see the tweets. Watch what happens when Hollywood gets three hours of prime television and a mic.
The stars of Sunday's Emmy Awards had plenty to say about Donald Trump during a night when it seemed as if everyone from host Stephen Colbert to the winners took a shot at the president.
"At long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy," said Alec Baldwin upon winning the Emmy for supporting actor in a comedy series for his work on "Saturday Night Live."
Week after week during the 2016-17 television season, Baldwin took to the "SNL" stage with his now famous Trump impression.
Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among the memorable figures frequently spoofed by two-time Emmy Award winner Kate McKinnon on "Saturday Night Live."
During Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards, McKinnon picked up her second trophy for supporting actress in a comedy and during an emotional acceptance speech thanked the former presidential hopeful for her "grace and grit."
It was an interesting choice of words, given that Clinton's recently released memoir, "What Happened," touched upon McKinnon's take on the candidate following her loss to Donald Trump in the November election. The chapter was titled "Grit and Gratitude." ABC News' Chris Donovan tweeted a picture of the excerpt about McKinnon on Sunday night.
Kate McKinnon wins Emmy. Here's how Hillary Clinton (in her new book) describes watching McKinnon play her the Saturday after election pic.twitter.com/fcgbpSuSKo
"Saturday Night Live" star Kate McKinnon stepped out with her girlfriend on Sunday when she picked up her second trophy for supporting actress in a comedy series at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.
The "Rough Night" and "Office Christmas Party" actress, who memorably played presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on the long-running NBC sketch comedy, was accompanied by Jackie Abbott, whom McKinnon hugged when Gina Rodriguez and Shemar Moore announced that she had won.
It was McKinnon's first public appearance with Abbott, a New York-based actress, photographer and artist, according to People. The comedic actress was last spotted out with Abbott in April 2016 backstage at a performance of Broadway's "Fun/Home," People said.