Saturday Night Live wins Outstanding Variety Sketch Series at 2018 Emmys

Eloise Marshall
September 18, 2018

The stars of British royal series The Crown and Cold War spy show The Americans won Emmys on Monday on a night of upsets for the highest honors in television. Adding up its wins from last week's Creative Arts Emmys, it took home a total of nine statues.

"We solved it, banished every creep who broke the law, now they're serving hard time at that Arizona spa", Bell sang. So it was little surprise when she took the stage as victor for her role as an unlikely "50s era comedian in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".

"Skip Brittenham said to me a long time ago, 'If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you, ' and tonight I got to clear the table".

Bill Hader collected the best comedy actor award for Barry, a dark comedy about a hired killer who stumbles into a possible acting career.

A surprise marriage proposal from Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss won over the audience - and the internet. "Because I want to call you my wife".

After the stars strutted up the red carpet, the show opened with a daring song-and-dance number poking fun at an array of hot-button issues in America.

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The early part of the night was dedicated to the comedy programs: sentimental favorite Henry Winkler, the Fonz in 1950s-set ABC sit-com "Happy Days", won his first Emmy for his supporting work on "Barry", a caustic tale of a hitman-turned-actor.

Before Monday, HBO had won the most Emmys of any single network for 16 straight years.

It tied "Saturday Night Live" as the second most awarded program of the year in any genre.

"I'll be thanking you for the rest of my life for trusting me with your Midge", she said, referencing her character.

The pressure's on Michaels because NBC and other broadcasters are increasingly reliant on awards and other live events to draw viewers distracted by streaming and more 21st- century options.

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