The Emmy voters must believe in consistency. They gave most of the big 2008 winners an extension. Check out the major categories:
Best drama: “Mad Men.” Again.
Best comedy: “30 Rock.” Again.
Best variety series: “Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” Again.
Best reality series: “The Amazing Race.” Again
Best actor in a drama: Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad.” Again.
Best actress in a drama: Glenn Close of “Damages.” Again.
Best actor in a comedy: Alec Baldwin of “30 Rock.” Again.
Best actress in a comedy: Toni Collette of “United States of Tara.” Whoops. You mean Tina Fey did not repeat?
At least the show was a big improvement over last year. Neil Patrick Harris was a terrific host, and the proceedings moved along at a brisk pace. Now we’ll see if the ratings can rebound from last year’s nadir.