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‘Squid Game,’ ‘Abbott Elementary’ win big at drama-free Emmys 2022

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first time hosting the Emmys proved that the “Saturday Night Live” veteran is ready for prime time — despite his one-and-done NBC sitcom, “Kenan.”Thompson, the longest-tenured “SNL” trouper (19 seasons and counting), provided a sure, guiding, self-deprecating hand and deftly kept the Emmy-cast train rolling — while staying as far under the radar as appropriate to allow the night’s winners to bask in their moments of glory.Thompson did, of course, participate in the usual — contractually obligated — awkward opening segment.

This year, it riffed on “legally cleared TV songs” and Thompson showed some fierce dance moves joining the fleet-footed ensemble that strutted to theme songs from, among others, “Friends,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Brady Bunch” (with Thompson replacing Alice in that show’s iconic montage).Later in the telecast, he introduced the accountants from Ernst & Young — then promptly shooed them off the stage.

Funny stuff. (And, really, why are the accountants a thing every year?)“Squid Game” was a huge winner Monday night, snagging statuettes for director Hwang Dong-hyuk and lead actor Lee Jung-jae — both becoming the first foreign-language winners in the show’s 74-year history.Follow our up-to-the-minute coverage of TV’s biggest night:ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” also won big, both for creator/star Quinta Brunson and co-star Sheryl Lee Ralph, a rare double victory for a broadcast network television series.Ralph’s statuette for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy statuette was a first for the veteran actress — and she belted out lyrics from Dianne Reeves’ song “Endangered Species” in her dramatic acceptance speech that left the audience in the Microsoft Theater in LA wondering what was coming next.Lizzo made a.

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