Top 10 Emmy surprises 2010
1) and 2) Connie Britton, lead actress, drama; Kyle Chandler, lead actor, drama. FINALLY. The two stars of “Friday Night Lights” have been ignored ever since the show debute. Not any more.
3) and 4) Chris Colfer, supporting actor, comedy; Mike O’Malley, guest star, comedy. The onscreen father-son duo provided the most touching moments of “Glee.”
5) Ty Burrell, supporting actor, comedy. We all knew that “Modern Family” would get a house full of nominations, but I wasn’t sure if Burrell would slip in. Glad he did. A total of five members of the cast got in – but not Ed O’Neill.
6) Archie Panjabi, supporting actress, drama. The greatness of “The Good Wife.” It’s the kind of performance from a relatively unknown actress that could have been omitted. Kudos also for the diversity impact.
7) Christina Hendricks, supporting actress, drama. She finally joins her “Mad Men” co-star Elizabeth Moss in the category.
8) Andre Braugher, supporting actor, drama. Yeah, he’s a two-time winner, but “Men of a Certain Age” wasn’t a real high-profile show.
9) “Dexter,” drama. Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow were locks for nominations, but I worried that this season might have been too dark for voters. Glad my suspicions were unwarranted.
10) “The Tonight Show with….Conan O’Brien,‘ variety show. Take that, Jay.