The video: In a spoof of "Glee" that captured the Fox show's celebration of underdogs, host Jimmy Fallon kicked off last night's Emmys with a raucous rendition of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run," accompanied by a raggle-tag collection of actual "Glee" stars, noted thespians ("Mad Men" star Jon Hamm), and pop-culture footnotes (Kate Gosselin). While both "Glee" and "Mad Men" were among the night's big winners (see also "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad"), comment today is focusing more on the opening routine than the accolades.
The reaction: This was one of the "more memorable, fun Emmy beginners in recent years," says Jen Chaney at The Washington Post, even if it "probably sent a chill up the spines of Springsteen fans." Not only did the routine bring a "palpable energy" to the ceremony, says Mary McNamara at the L.A. Times, but it also served as "a crucial reminder that nothing moves these things along better than humor." That comic sensibility was the "foundation of the show's success." Watch the video here: