Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor
Upsets happen at the Emmys with some regularity, and they’ve been a part of things for at least 60 of the 63 years that they have been handing these things out. Let’s take a look:
Red Skelton shockingly beats Lucille Ball and I Love Lucy for best comedy series and best comedian.
Richard Mulligan wins lead comedy actor for Empty Nest over such all-stars as Michael J. Fox (Family Ties), Ted Danson (Cheers), John Goodman (Roseanne), and Fred Savage (The Wonder Years).
David E. Kelley’s Picket Fences wins the drama series trophy in consecutive years, a pair of surprises in a field that included NYPD Blue, Northern Exposure, and Law & Order.
Kelley strikes again. The Practice beats HBO’s The Sopranos for top drama.
One of the biggest upset years ever. Ricky Gervais wins for lead comedy actor for HBO’s Extras, upending Alec Baldwin and Tony Shalhoub. Spader also wins a third time for drama actor. And perhaps most shocking of all, Katherine Heigl of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy grabs the supporting drama actress honor over Sopranos gals Lorraine Bracco and Aida Turturro as well as fellow Grey’s castmates Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson.
Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory upsets Steve Carell, who was seen as the shoo-in for lead comedy actor for his final season on The Office. Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights steals the lead drama actor ball away from Jon Hamm for Mad Men.