Evolution of the Emmy Awards

The 66th Emmy Awards aired Aug. 25, on a Monday night for the first time in years following the MTV video awards, which took the Sunday slot just the day before.

I haven’t seen many of the shows that were nominated and won via cable channels and the Internet. Those I have sampled, such as “Breaking Bad” and “House of Cards,” simply weren’t my cup of tea.

But I still really enjoyed the awards show, with Seth Meyers bringing his “A” game to the show.

I was pleased to see Julianna Margulies win the best actress in a drama series for “The Good Wife,” a favorite of mine. She was up against stiff competition, such as Elisabeth Moss in “Mad Men.”

I was also glad to see the nomination of my old friend Julia Roberts, who lost to Kathy Bates, but I am looking forward to her part in “The Normal Heart” as soon as I can get a copy.

Back when I was pursuing my own acting career, there were no cable or Internet shows in the running. It was the “big three,” ABC, NBC and CBS, with Fox being the new guy on the block. Now it seems all these networks are being overshadowed by cable channels (especially HBO), with Netflix and Amazon Internet series quickly getting into the mix.

The Emmy Awards show itself is also very different these days. Many more off-the-cuff presentations, ad libs and improvisation antics are on display than the more staid shows of the past.

I especially liked the tribute Billy Crystal did for the career of his dear friend Robin Williams. It helped bring some dignity and seriousness to the otherwise often comic presentations.

Some past favorites like “Modern Family” and Jim Parsons on “The Big Bang Theory” were repeat winners that I was glad to see. While Herman has seen some of the other new shows like “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad,” “Fargo” and “True Detectives,” I’ll just have to take his word for it that they are well done and worth watching.

I guess I’m just old-fashioned that way.

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website, www.kathrynskorner.com.