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Emmys 2021: Missed the show? Here are 7 must-see moments to catch up on

Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times on

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In a prerecorded bit, Cedric the Entertainer moderated a mock group-therapy session for TV stars Scott Bakula, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Alexander, Zooey Deschanel, Fred Savage and Dr. Phil. The actors commiserated over the fact that, despite their ubiquity, they had never won a Primetime Emmy.

"I've been nominated eight times. Seven consecutive times for playing George Costanza. ... I lost all those seven times. I want my Emmy," Alexander asserted before getting in a play fight with Bakula.

"So, I haven't won an Emmy, but you know what? My generation isn't into awards. We're all deserving of love and respect," Deschanel explained in an effort to enlighten the room, before adding, "But also, where's my f— Emmy?!"

Debbie Allen's banner year continues

Dance pioneer Debbie Allen, this year's recipient of the Television Academy's Governors Award, continued her banner year after taking home a 2021 Kennedy Center Honor in January. Allen capitalized on the TV moment Sunday with a powerful message for women, and had no problem delivering it while shooing away the time constraints for her speech. (And she did it so much more charmingly than the voluble writer-producer Scott Frank of "The Queen's Gambit.")

"Let this moment resonate with women across this country and across the world, from Texas to Afghanistan," she said. "Let them know — and also with young people, who would have no vote, who can't even get a vaccine; they're inheriting the world that we leave them — it is time for you to claim your power, claim your voice, sing your song, tell your stories. It will make us a better place. Your turn."

 

Michaela Coel's advice to writers

"I May Destroy You" actor, writer, producer and director Michaela Coel capped her first Emmy win with "a little something for writers."

"Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn't comfortable," she said during her acceptance speech for writing. "I dare you — in a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves, and to in turn feel the need to be constantly visible, for visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success — do not be afraid to disappear from it, from us for a while, and see what comes to you in the silence. ... I dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assault."

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