• Jeff Daniels, winner of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "The Newsroom," poses in the press room during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles.

    Any awards show leaves behind more losers than winners, but Sunday night saw one especially big gorilla take the fall — America's Emmy pundits.

    The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, we were told by Billy Bush (among others), was "weird."  There was the song-and-dance opening number that host Neil Patrick Harris performed in the middle of the show. There was the unmistakable pall of death. And there was Jeff Daniels winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "Newsroom."

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    Wait, wasn't Bryan Cranston from "Breaking Bad" a lock? And wasn't Kevin Spacey supposed to step to the stage for "House of Cards" in the event Cranston didn't take the statuette? Jeff Daniels?! For the widely mocked but little seen "Newsroom"?! Where'd that come from?

    In the world of punditry, the pick came from nowhere. At the awards-show mecca Gold Derby, not one of its 18 experts called Daniels. Twelve had Cranston, four had Spacey, and two had Damian Lewis

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  • Lena Dunham and Jon Hamm at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (Getty Images)

    Put it this way: Without the Emmys, some of the best shows on television would have remained undiscovered by, you know, actual TV viewers. And some of the most iconic actors and characters of the 20th century would have faded into anonymity, too.

    Take one of the very people honored last night: Jean Stapleton. Her seminal show with Carroll O'Connor, the bitterly funny Norman Lear series "All in the Family," debuted in January, 1971.

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    "It wasn't even in the Top 20 shows" at the time, notes Ron Simon of the Paley Center for Media. But all that changed when the show won an Emmy that year, in a category called Outstanding New Series. The show went to No. 1 and even changed time slots to accompany demand, moving from Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. to Saturday nights at 8 p.m. (Seriously, that was an honor back then, Simon tells me.)

    TV historians also credit the Emmys for saving shows ranging from the1980s drama "Hill Street Blues" to the quirky 1990s series "Picket Fences," the iconic "Cheers" and, more recently, "The Amazing Race" and "30 Rock."

    Other signs of Emmy's impact are more subtle. And maybe a little more annoying. 

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  • Sofia Vergara Twerks It Up at HBO's Emmys Afterparty

    Sofia Vergara twerks it at the HBO party. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

    Whether your show is on the network or not, no star can resist HBO's annual Emmys afterparty. The soiree, held at the Pacific Design Center, played host to some of the biggest stars in television on Sunday night.

    The network's big Emmy winners Jeff Daniels, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Tony Hale were of course belles of the ball, but other celebrities including Kerry Washington, Michelle Dockery, Claire Danes, and Sofia Vergara also made cameos.

    Vergara put her $7 million assets on display (we're talking jewels here, people) and lit up the room as she made her way inside the bash. The "Modern Family" actress was clearly thrilled to celebrate her win in the Outstanding Comedy Series category and much to the delight of guests, twerked out her feelings on the dance floor.

    No, really. Surrounded by family and friends, the 41-year-old Colombian stunner busted move after move in the middle of HBO's bash.

    [Photos: 2013 Emmys Afterparties]

    "Miley cyrus this is where the twerk was invented.

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  • Shemar Moore on the red carpet before the show. (Getty Images)Everyone has an off night, right? Right?

    Shemar Moore is known for being a smooth operator, but he didn't come off that way during the Emmys. The "Criminal Minds" star served as the "social media reporter" during the telecast, but he was more awkward than suave.

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    Despite nearly 20 years in showbiz, including a four-year stint as host of "Soul Train," the 43-year-old heartthrob was uncharacteristically tongue-tied and stumbled over his lines nearly every time the camera was on him. And while "The Young and the Restless" star is known for his playful banter and love of the ladies, his delivery was off and it felt very uncomfortable. The stars who appeared with him felt it, too, if the looks on their faces were any indication.

    That was no more evident than when he was teasing Carrie Underwood's performance, which was a somewhat somber tribute to the year 1963, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He said, "Including a

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  • Michael Douglas collecting his Emmy. (Getty Images)Michael Douglas's Emmy speech elicited a lot of laughs, but it wasn't all jokes and jabs.

    The 68-year-old actor was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for "Behind the Candelabra" and playfully delivered some sexually laced one-liners in the direction of his co-star Matt Damon, who played his love interest in the Liberace biopic. However, the speech had a serious moment when the veteran actor mentioned his incarcerated son, Cameron.

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    Referencing his adult son from his first marriage to Diandra Douglas, who is a drug addict serving a prison sentence for methamphetamine dealing, the actor said, "I'm hoping I'll be able — and they'll allow me — to see him soon."

    For those curious what exactly he meant, Douglas elaborated in the press room, explaining that his son is in solitary confinement for further drug infractions while imprisoned, specifically smuggling and possessing cocaine and heroin. The "Last Vegas" star said he

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