Emmys Follow

So, I ended up only catching bits of the Emmys most of the night. Neil Patrick Harris proved to be a capable host, though there's something about award shows that makes them too much of a beast to make interesting for all three hours.

The most pleasant surprise was seeing Kristin Chenoweth win Supporting Actress (Comedy) for "Pushing Daisies," which I figured would be completely overlooked. It's a nice note for the series to end with.

On the flip side, among supporting comedy actors, what is all the love for "Two & A Half Men?" Jon Cryer is a solid actor, but no where near the scene stealer that NPH or Rainn Wilson is.

Other than that, the awards went pretty much the way I predicted. I was a little surprised to see Baldwin win Best Actor (Comedy), but that's because the critics were pushing Jim Parsons so heavily.

And I'm extremely happy that my strategy for NOT picking Michael Emerson paid off this year for netting him a long-deserved Emmy. I can't take all the credit; the Academy did good as well.

All in all, hard to complain about this year's awards. If only the Academy did a better job of picking the nominees, and not omitting shows like "The Shield," it would have been really something great.

MONDAY'S BEST BETS: The Emmys always signal the real beginning of fall TV, since everything is new tonight.

See NPH and Jon Cryer and compare for yourself as CBS is all-new with "How I Met Your Mother," at 8 p.m., followed by the new Jenna Elfman series "Accidentally On Purpose," "Men" and "Big Bang Theory." At 10 p.m., Horatio (David Caruso) reminisces about the first pair of sunglasses he bought on "CSI: Miami."

It's always great to see great actors perform together, and we should get that in abundance tonight when Andre Braugher shows up on "House" (Fox, 8 p.m.) as the shrink House (Hugh Laurie) has to convince to release him from the mental ward. It's a two-hour premiere.

Also two hours is the new season of "Heroes." One of the highlights is that Claire gets a new college roommate (Madeline Zima) who is hot for Claire.

"Dancing With The Stars" (ABC, 8 p.m.) kicks off its two-hour premiere, followed by the season premiere of the witty "Castle" at 10 p.m.

CW has new episodes of "One Tree Hill" and "Gossip Girl."

Finally, on cable, ABC Family is all new with "Lincoln Heights" and "Greek."