2011 Emmy Awards: No Surprises There

From the lack of black winners to the same shows taking top awards, the show was predictable.

Taraji P. Henson and other entertainers sing during the telecast. (Getty Images)
Taraji P. Henson and other entertainers sing during the telecast. (Getty Images)

The 63rd annual Emmy Awards aired Sunday, and though Glee‘s Jane Lynch served as host, it failed to hit many high notes.

There was a little drama before the ceremony even started, when 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin asked to be removed from the pretaped opening sketch after Fox killed a joke about the phone-hacking scandal that has embroiled the network’s parent company, News Corp. Baldwin, who was replaced by Leonard Nimoy as the President of Television, felt the edit would ruin the flow of the skit. A Fox spokesperson told Deadline.com, which broke the story, that News Corp. was taking the scandal seriously and didn’t want to appear to be making light of the situation.

There were no surprises when Modern Family was named best comedy series for the second year in a row and Mad Men won its fourth consecutive Emmy for best drama.

Also no surprise: a lack of African-American nominees and winners (though there were a handful of black stars, Don Cheadle and Kerry Washington among them, to hand out the gold statuettes). Of the six African-American nominees, Loretta Devine was the lone one to win an award: for best guest actress in a drama series for her role as Adele Webber in Grey’s Anatomy. Alfre Woodard (True Blood) was also a nominee in the category. Unfortunately, the award wasn’t featured in the live broadcast but was part of the Creative Arts ceremony last week.

Two-time Emmy winner Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) was nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series but lost out to Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones). Even though Braugher’s show was canceled, a handful of episodes are eligible for the 2012 Emmys, so don’t be surprised to see him up for this category again next year.