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Emmys Note New Media

21 Sep, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey

During his opening song and dance for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 20, host Neil Patrick Harris got in several digs at non-traditional media.

While pleading to the audience to “put down the remote,” Harris mentioned TiVo and HDTVs, told viewers to avoid jumping online, and made fun of the intimidating number of channels available today.

Harris later reprised his role as Dr. Horrible, from Joss Whedon’s online musical comedy Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and pretended to take over the broadcast, touting the virtues of the Internet.

Actor Ken Howard, after accepting his award for Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role in Grey Gardens, joked that he was thrilled about the “advent of new media, and [I] can barely wait to renegotiate.”

And “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, during his acceptance speech for the series as Outstanding Drama Series, said he wasn’t afraid of new media, saying it offered more choice for more entertainment.

“It’s better for the viewers in the end, and I’m glad to be a part of it,” he said.

Earlier in the month, the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Digital Experience and “Lost’s” The Dharma Initiative took home Emmys for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media for nonfiction and fiction, respectively.

As for Emmy winners on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, several are available now, while others are on the way:

• Seasons one and two of “Mad Men,” winner of Outstanding Drama Series, are available now from Lionsgate, with no street date for season three yet.

• Seasons one and two of “30 Rock,” winner of Outstanding Comedy Series, are available now from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, with season three available Sept. 22.

Little Dorrit, winner of Outstanding Miniseries, is available now from BBC Video.

Grey Gardens, winner of Outstanding Made for Television Movie, is available now from HBO Video.

• Select episodes from “American Masters,” which won Outstanding Nonfiction Series, are available from PBS Home Video.

• Volumes one and two of “Wizards of Waverly Place,” winner of Outstanding Children’s Program, are available from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

• Season one of “Intervention,” winner of Outstanding Reality Program, is available from A&E Home Video.

Dr. Horrible, which won for best short-form entertainment program, is available on DVD from New Video.

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