Television's most anticipated day of the year occured on Sunday, September 18. The biggest names on the small screen gathered at the Nokia Theater for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Stars of series like "Glee," "The Good Wife," "Mildred Pierce" and "Game of Thrones" came out to honor the best of the best. And mixed in with big names celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Kyle Chandler and Jim Parsons there was a younger set taking the spotlight. This season several teens walked the red carpet representing some of the most popular shows on TV.
The 'Modern Family' Kids Shared the Spotlight
"Modern Family" virtually swept the comedy awards - taking Best Comedy as well as Best Supporting Actor (Ty Burell) and Best Supporting Actress (Julie Bowen). But as Steve Levitan, the show's creator and Executive Producer pointed out in the press room after winning the statue for Best Writing in a Comedy, "The unsung heroes are the kids of this cast, who are amazing."
Nolan Gould (12), Rico Rodriguez (13), Ariel Winter (13) and Sarah Hyland (20) were there on the big day to show support to their fellow castmates and walk away with Emmy gold. In an exclusive interview with Rodriguez on the red carpet he stated, "I'm super excited. I can't wait for tonight. It's amazing. One of he biggest nights of television."
His co-star Ariel Winter gushed, "I feel incredible. It's so crazy to look around and see the people that I watch on TV that I love and I think it's incredible. Everybody's artists here and they're all amazing. I feel really blessed."
Levitan went on to admit, "I wasn't so thrilled about working with kids, but I love these kids so much. They are so good and they add such dimension to scenes and they are funny and do complicated turns. They are very skilled actors who can nail it on a dime. And they nail it constantly... They are playing at the same level as all the adults and that's a rare thing."
'Mad Men's' Kiernan Shipka Presents an Emmy
Another young actress who holds her own with the adults on her show is Kiernan Shipka (11) from "Mad Men." Shipka had some Emmy buzz going before the nominations were announced. What some viewed as a snub from the Academy actually started a lot on Internet debate about adding a Young Actors categogy to the show. Shipka was invited to present at the previous weekend's Creative Arts Emmy ceremony and joined her boss and "Mad Men" executive producer Matthew Weiner onstage to present a statue in one of the behind the scenes categories.
"Mad Men" is currently in production and will be on AMC again in early 2012. Watch "Modern Family" Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. Central on ABC.
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