“Squid Game”, “Abbott Elementary” won big at the 2022 Emmys

Kenan Thompson hosting the Emmys for the first time proved the Saturday Night Live veteran is ready for prime time — despite his one-off NBC sitcom Kenan.

Thompson, the longest-serving “SNL” troupe (19 seasons and counting), provided a sure, guiding, self-deprecating hand and deftly kept the Emmy-winning train rolling — while staying as far under the radar as was appropriate , to allow the night winners to bask in their moments of glory.

Thompson, of course, attended the usual — contractually obligated — awkward opening segment. This year it was “legally cleared TV songs” and Thompson pulled off some fierce dance moves to join the fleet-footed ensemble as they strutted to theme songs from “Friends,” “Game of Thrones,” and “The Brady Bunch,” among others. (with Thompson replacing Alice in that show’s iconic montage).

Kenan Thompson did a great job Monday night hosting the 74th Primetime Emmys, which featured Sheryl Lee Ralph ("Abbott Elementary School") and Lee Jung-jae ("Squid Game") Big win.
Kenan Thompson did a great job on Monday night hosting the 74th Primetime Emmys, where Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Abbott Elementary”) and Lee Jung-jae (“Squid Game”) won big.
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Emmys host Kenan Thompson in the show's awkward opening segment. He wears a tuxedo and tails and top hat and dances on stage.
Emmys host Kenan Thompson in the show’s awkward opening segment.

Later in the show he introduced the accountants from Ernst & Young – and then promptly shooed them off the stage. funny stuff (And really, why are accountants a thing every year?)

“Squid Game” was a big winner on Monday night, snagging statuettes for director Hwang Dong-hyuk and lead actor Lee Jung-jae – both becoming the first foreign language winners in the show’s 74-year history.

Lizzo accepts her Emmy award. She's wearing a bright red dress, speaking into the microphone and holding her Emmy in her left hand.
Lizzo gave an emotional speech accepting her Emmy for Watch Out For the Big Grrrls.
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Follow our up-to-the-minute coverage of TV’s biggest night:

ABC’s Abbott Elementary also won big for both creator/star Quinta Brunson and co-star Sheryl Lee Ralph, a rare double win for a network television series.

Ralph’s statuette for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy was a first for the veteran actress — and she belted out lyrics from Dianne Reeve’s song “Endangered Species” in her dramatic acceptance speech, which had audiences at LA’s Microsoft Theater wondering what was next.

Lizzo gave a similarly emotional speech, accepting her Emmy for Watch Out For the Big Grrrls.

"The White Lotus" Winner Jennifer Coolidge ignored her walkoff music and refused to leave the stage.
The White Lotus winner Jennifer Coolidge ignored her walk-off music and refused to leave the stage.
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Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler in "Better call Saul." It's a black-and-white photo of Kim standing in an office, clipboard in hand.
Rhea Seehorn was supposed to win Best Supporting Actress in a Drama but was edged out by Julia Garner (“Ozark”).
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Also victorious was “The White Lotus,” who won three Emmys. Jennifer Coolidge is finally getting her statuette,” refusing to listen to her annoying walk-off music (“I’m slow!”) and instead dancing downstairs.

“Ted Lasso” scored four points, including best comedy, while “Succession” took home the trophy for best drama.

Biggest nudge of the night? That would be Rhea Seehorn, who had a career-defining role as Kim Wexler on “Better Call Saul” and was stripped of a statuette as a supporting actress in one category on the drama series (losing to “Ozark” co-star Julia Garner).

But perhaps worst of all was the patronizing text error at the bottom of the screen that told us what the winners wanted to say – and who they wanted to thank (“Lizzo wants to say…”).

Was that really necessary? It seems to me that the winners were perfectly capable of thanking anyone they wanted, even with their tight time constraints.

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Emma Bowman

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