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Chicago Representin' at the Emmys

By Jacy Wojcik in News on Sep 22, 2008 6:30PM

The best part about DVR-ing ABC’s 60th Primetime Emmys last night was that you could fast forward through Josh Groban’s embarrassing theme show montage and could rewind and re-watch the Gervais/Carell game of comedy chicken. Cheers, technology.

Even more noticeable than the crowd's disinterest of the five-too-many hosts (please, bring in Jon Stewart. Or any single person with comic timing) were the abundance of Chicago-Emmy ties, starting with Chicago native Jeremy Piven taking home the award for Best Supporting Actor as Entourage’s Ari Gold, for the third year in a row. The big winner of the night was, Second City Alumnus, i.O. veteran, and our personal comedy deity, Tina Fey, who took home Emmy’s for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Comedy Writing for 30 Rock’s “Cooter,” and Best Comedy Series for 30 Rock. During her speech she pleaded for viewers as the show continues to get 15 million less viewers then Dancing With the Stars. Um. Yeah. Peter Grosz, another Second City/ i.O. vet, won for Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music, or Comedy Program for his work as writer on The Colbert Report. Chicago advertising agency DDB took home an Emmy last week at the Creative Arts Emmy’s for Bud Light’s “Swear Jar” by copywriter Jason Karley, art director Galen Graham, and directed by David Shane. (Full disclosure: I know Mr. Karley and was very excited he didn't trip on stage when accepting the award.)

Congrats, Chicagoans. And for the record, Ms. Fey can count on the majority of the Chicagoist staff tuning in on October 30th for the premiere of the 30 Rock and pulling for higher ratings. We need more of this for at least six more seasons. [Trib]]