• 9 LOL Moments From the Emmys [Video]

    With half of the Emmy Awards dedicated to comedy, it’s no wonder there have been so many funny moments over the years. Aside from witty speeches, there have been hilarious hosts, side-splitting skits, and priceless presenters. Here are 9 LOL moments from Emmys history:

    1. Melissa McCarthy is crowned best actress

    Of course, the funny ladies nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy in 2011 — including Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Martha Plimpton — weren’t going to let their category be like any other. The nominees lined up on stage like Miss America contestants, and when "Mike and Molly" star Melissa McCarthy's name was called, she got a tiara and a bouquet of roses like a

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  • Why it's Time for the Emmys to Stop Fawning Over 'Modern Family'

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    Since its debut in 2009, "Modern Family" has cleaned up when it comes to awards season. This year alone, the ABC series is nominated for eight Emmys: (Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Nathan Lane), Outstanding Single-camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series, Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell), and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara).

    That's a lot. Especially since "Modern Family" hasn't been exactly basking in critical praise lately. In January, an episode in which Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and Jay's (Ed O'Neill) son was christened was dubbed "borderline rude" and worked to perpetuate "some rather ignorant stereotypes" of Latinos when Gloria's

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    The perennially four-star-rated "Patton" won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1971, and the "dated" "Marcus Welby, M.D." was named TV's best drama series in 1970. Then, the influential "Police Story" claimed the Emmy in 1976, and the oft-emulated "All the President's Men" and "Network" lost out on the top Oscar to "Rocky" in 1977. So, are the Oscars a better judge of the classics than the Emmys? Or are the Emmys better than the Oscars?

    "I'm not sure if there is an easy answer for what you are asking," Barry Monush, assistant curator of L.A.'s Paley Center for Media, said via email.

    But we gave it a shot anyway.

    We reviewed the past 60 years of Best Picture and Outstanding Drama Series winners, from 1952, when the Emmys first presented itself on the national scene, to the 2012 award season. And we attempted to assess how the shows' "best of the best" held up. Which is the ultimate pop-culture kingmaker: the Emmys or the Oscars?

    [ Photos: Actors who just missed out on starring in Emmy hits ]


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  • You didn't think we were going to get though this year's Emmys without talking about swag, did you? And the gift collection for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 22, is luxe to the max — delivering everything from bling to blingy-white teeth!

    But it's not all about doling out couture booty to celebs like host Neil Patrick Harris and presenters Alex Baldwin, Amy Poehler, Bryan Cranston, and Sofia Vergara; it's about raising some dough (the goal is $150,000) via the celebrities for the Television Academy Foundation.

    [Related: What Styles Will TV's Leading Ladies Rock on Emmy Night?]

    Among many other pursuits, the foundation — which was established in 1959 — administers a celebrated television

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    If you think about it, this year's Primetime Emmy Outstanding Comedy Series nominees, from the silly to the bleak, all share a single red-haired gene: "I Love Lucy."

    "30 Rock" is centered on show business. "Louie," also tangentially about show business, stars Louis C.K. as a fictionalized version of himself. "Modern Family" gets more than a few miles out of Sofia Vergara's accented English. "The Big Bang Theory" is a multicamera show that hinges on the antics of its family of neighbors. The main characters of "Girls" and "Veep," as with "30 Rock," are women.

    In other words, three words: "I Love Lucy," which won its first series Emmy and just maybe the most important Emmy in the history of the awards 60 years ago.

    "'I Love Lucy' has got to be one of those cross-defining television programs that helps everyone understand what the medium was, and what it can be," says Walter J. Podrazik, curator of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago and co-author of "Watching TV: Six Decades

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