"Maisel" also won four other awards during the Emmys telecast on September 17: Best Comedy Actress (Rachel Brosnahan), Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Alex Borstein), and Best Comedy Writing and Best Comedy Directing (Amy Sherman-Palladino for the pilot). The Atlanta-native also came up short to Bill Hader who won Lead Actor in Comedy Series for HBO's "Barry".
Henry Winkler, a first time Emmy victor for Barry, got the most retweets of the night over all other celebrities in that room.
The biggest award won by a broadcast network was "Saturday Night Live" for best variety sketch series. The show collected eight trophies overall.
The field, including Rachel Brosnahan of "Mrs. Maisel", is wide open, with six-time Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her HBO series, "Veep", sitting these Emmys out for scheduling reasons.
Yawning, alas, was the involuntary response to most of the rest of the Emmy show, produced by Saturday Night Live impresario Lorne Michaels, who made the unfortunate call of placing his Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che front and center.
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"Last year, the 69th annual Emmys on CBS hosted by Stephen Colbert dipped 2.4 percent from the prior year to a new low, per Nielsen's household ratings", The Wrap reported.
That said, we did see Regina King pick up a win for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for Seven Seconds, Thandie Newton win for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for Westworld, and RuPaul score a win for RuPaul's Drag Race.
Nevertheless, Russell's loss honestly stings even more in the wake of The Americans losing to Game of Thrones in the Outstanding Drama Series category. And even if they were, this year's show - its highlights notwithstanding - certainly wouldn't be a candidate to land one. All the nominees who were up for Lead Actress in a Drama Series have done absolutely phenomenal work in the previous year, Foy and Russell included.
The Americans gave us one of the best TV pilots ever (so did Game of Thrones, but the former ranks higher for us). The long-running NBC sketch show, already the top Emmy victor ever with 71, won again for best variety sketch series.
The Emmys had a real-life dramatic moment when winning director Glenn Weiss, noting his mother had died two weeks ago, proposed to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.