The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards airs this Sunday. And ‘cos it’s an awards show, with stars and stuff, it’s going to try and go up against Breaking Bad and the series finale of Dexter.
So is anyone really going to watch? Well, maybe you’ll break away for a sec to glance at the opening or one of the skits sprinkled in between. Heck, even the most jaded TV watcher can admit those parts of the Emmys are usually a bit of fun.
For the second time, Neil Patrick Harris hosts (so, OK, maybe you’ll PVR it), and the show is rumoured to be kicking off with an Oscars-styled opening.
But before it starts, let’s run down our five favourite Emmy moments. From Conan O’Brien showing up at Dunder Mifflin (I miss those Office cats), to Jane Lynch sparring with Don Draper, the Emmys always kicks off with a bang.
Last year’s awards show was a bit of a misstep, with Jimmy Kimmel crying in a toilet, moaning about botox (sorry, it wasn’t memorable), but we unearthed some gems for you. Don’t like our picks, let us know your favourites on Facebook.
Jimmy Fallon and the Glee stars channel the Boss (2010)
The late night host teamed up with castmembers from Glee. Memorable cameos from Jon Hamm, Tina Fey and a kickass song (the Boss’ Born to Run), made this intro the Emmys’ most memorable.
Conan O’Brien gets LOST (2006)
Coco’s plane crashes on the way to the Emmys and he finds himself stuck on the island from Lost. O’Brien improvises a way to fix his coif before running into Hugo. “You want to come with me?” O’Brien says before descending into the ‘Hatch.’ “We weren’t invited,” Hugo replies.
O’Brien then finds himself in Dunder Mifflin, where he runs into the old gang from The Office. After that it’s a menagerie of old TV favourites: Jack Bauer from 24, Gregory House from House, Stan from South Park and To Catch a Predator.
The Office: ‘I like a big fridge!’ (2011)
The Office gang were joined by stars from 30 Rock, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Law & Order: SVU, Parks & Rec, Castle and Ashton Kutcher “wondering where the half man was.” A truly funny moment.
‘You Can Find it On TV’ by Brian and Stewie from the Family Guy (2007)
The animated duo opened the 2007 Emmys with a song containing subtle digs at shows like the now defunct Scrubs. ‘With the antics of the lovable and talented Zach Braff/ Who reminds us that a sitcom doesn't have to make you laugh.’ Poor Zach. Wait, didn’t he raise a whole bunch of money off Kickstarter for his next movie?
Jane Lynch vs. Mad Men (2011)
Glee’s Jane Lynch catches up with the cast of Mad Men and tells them about a future in which people will be able to fast-forward commercials and watch TV on their phones. “And this haircut,” she says taking a swipe at Don Draper, “cost more than your house.”
The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs live Sunday on CBS and CTV from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.