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And we're off...as a 40-style radio announcer tells us about the value of television, somehow footage of LeBron is involved, then Aretha singing at Obama's inauguration (with an ironic clip from Wipeout).
Welcome your host Neil Patrick Harris, ladies and gentlemen. He comes out singing a "put down the remote" ditty in a white tux. He singles out a few in the audience, including Tina Fey, Shirley MacLaine and Tony Shalhoub.
Best line so far, singing to Christina Hendricks from Mad Men "Straight from Mad Men, there's Joan, Oh the curves she has shown/ could make a blind man say 'Damn'/She could turn a gay straight, oh wait, never mind, there's Jon Hamm..."
Neil transitions breathlessly to an opening monologue, saying he loves TV, he grew up on it. Then a bit about shortened theme songs now days. He shows "Lost" then mentions the last time there was a show about people stuck on an island there was a whole song about it and it was awesome.
He wraps up. "It's my job to ensure things run ...
20 September 2009 (USA)
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The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
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Features Grey Gardens
Put Down the Remote
Music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman
and Scott Wittman
Performed by Neil Patrick Harris See more