- Associated Press - Monday, August 30, 2010

Emmy had a split personality this year. Television’s annual awards show honored hot new broadcast comedies “Modern Family” and “Glee,” while sticking with more familiar favorites from cable in drama.

“Modern Family” won the Emmy for best comedy in its rookie season. The sweetly uproarious sitcom knit together a gay couple and their adopted daughter, a more traditional bumbling dad and his uptight wife, and a world-weary patriarch with his hot young Latin wife _ and became an instant favorite on ABC.

“We are so grateful, we are so thrilled that families are sitting down together to watch a television show,” said Steven Levitan, the show’s co-creator. “We just want you to know, we just wanted to say we are so happy that you have let us into your families.”

Levitan’s partner in the show, writer Christopher Lloyd, was oddly absent from the onstage celebrating. Levitan said later that Lloyd, not to be confused with actor Christopher Lloyd, has an aversion to crowds.

Five of the six members of the show’s comedic couples were nominated for supporting actor awards. Eric Stonestreet, who plays the rotund, flamboyant half of the gay couple, won an Emmy.

He said backstage that his parents, Vince and Jamey, will get his Emmy.

“I know exactly where they’re going to put it,” he said. “They eat breakfast and dinner at the same spot every day. I want them to be able to sit there and look at it and know that they made this possible.”

While Fox’s “Glee” was beaten out for best comedy, the musical’s impact was demonstrated when Emmy Awards host Jimmy Fallon poked fun at the highly rated show with his opening routine. Fallon played the leader of a “glee club,” joined by some of the series’ stars and contributors like Tina Fey and Jon Hamm, performing “Born to Run.”

The skit won huge applause from a jaded industry audience.

The show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, earned a best directing Emmy and the tough coach, Jane Lynch, beat back two “Modern Family” stars to win best supporting actress in a comedy.

Murphy noted that “Glee” is about the impact of arts education on high school students.

“I would like to dedicate this to all of my teachers who taught me to sing and finger-paint,” he said.

Edie Falco of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” looked shocked to win the Emmy for best comedy actress. “As soon as somebody calls you funny, you’re not funny anymore,” she said later.

Emmy awards shouldn’t be foreign to her: Falco pulled the neat trick of winning the comedy award after previously winning an Emmy for best actress in a drama series for her work on “The Sopranos.”

Jim Parsons of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” won for best comedic actor, unleashing his real-life inner nerd later.

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