Liveblogging The 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards
Did your invitation to sit inside the Nokia Theatre tonight to watch the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in person get lost in the mail like ours? Download your ballot to make your picks, mix up the official Emmy cocktail, and enjoy the show along with us...Our TV Junkie Tom Lewis is live on the scene, and we're watching live on television, and together, LAist is liveblogging the Emmys!
8PM The live show ended EXACTLY on time. A friggin' miracle. "After party at Betty White's house!" shouts Jimmy Fallon. I'm ready for some of that champagne, too. Phew. It's been fun liveblogging...hope you enjoyed our little show here! Goodnight!
7:58P The band plays the theme to "Cheers" to bring out Ted Danson for the Outstanding Comedy Emmy... suddenly these last two categories feel very 1986. And the win goes to "Modern Family." Sorry, "Glee," you just got the old-fashioned upset. There will, in fact, be lots of underage drinking going on tonight at the Fox after-party.
7:52P Tom Selleck, who Jimmy Fallon calls "his real dad" is out to give the award for Outstanding Drama Series. The duo, in matching white jacket tuxedos, hug; Selleck chortles. That was kinda rad. Best Drama is..."Mad Men." Which, if you're like me, is being filed on the DVR right this very second as tonight's episode airs. Weiner picks up his speech from where it was cut off before accepting the writing award. Zing!
7:47P"The Pacific" wins for Best Miniseries. Right now this broadcast seems to be about as long as that series. Or WW2. Speed it up, folks! Tom Hanks gives thanks. We thank you for being succinct and eloquent. And Best Movie goes to "Temple Grandin." We almost had two "wardrobe malfunctions" as the ladies accepting ran down the aisle. (As opposed to George Clooney's old man boobs "wardrobe malfunction" crack from earlier.) It's kind of delightfully fun to have an autistic person (Temple Grandin herself) on the stage.
7:40P Much like that thing going around the interwebs that speeds up Justin Bieber 15x, doing so to Al Pacino as he gives his Lead Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series speech would be just as welcome and wonderful.
7:36P "These next 3 presenters suck," intros Fallon. It's the "True Blood" kids. Director for Movie or Mini-Series Emmy goes to...Mick Jackson for "Temple Grandin." Am now going to Netflix to put this in my queue.
7:29P Claire Danes wins for "Temple Grandin." "Woooow," she meows. She thanks HBO "Like, for serious." proving that she will always be a little bit Angela Chase.
7:26P Jimmy Fallon is announcing people sans Twitter blurbs. Please let this hold for the rest of the show. Best Writing in Movie or Mini-Series goes to "You Don't Know Jack." Err, sorry, I don't know Jack about this movie.
7:17P I'm not a fan of Jewel but I refuse to make the joke that was just suggested to me. She's singing about the people who died this year. Fess Parker! Gary Coleman! Dixie Carter! Soupy Sales! Robert Culp! Peter Graves! Corey Haim!
7:14P Fallon is making Bucky Gunts jokes. Claire Danes presents Best Supporting Actor in Mini-Series to David Strathairn, Danes' "Temple Grandin" co-star. He begins his tank you by scratching his head like a mangy beach bum. Shudder.
7:08P Wow, January Jones is bored while presenting. Guess all her energy got sucked out wrapping herself in a re-purposed blue Slip-and-Slide to go to the show. Julia Ormond is about to cry and pass out as she makes her Best Supporting Actress in Mini-Series acceptance speech. "There is an audience for chick flicks with bulls' balls," she says, thanking HBO.
7P Television has a conscience! Who knew! I'll tell you what I do know about the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award recipient George Clooney: He's a hottie! Juliana Marguiles, wearing what may be an oil-soaked Pelican form the Gulf Oil Spill as a goodwill gesture #BPCares, brings the doom and gloom with her hope-out-of-the-hopeless speech. Standing O for George.
6:53P Lots of bets were on Conan taking Best Variety, as a sort of snub to his losing the gig. But the win goes to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Stewart isn't there to accept.
6:50P Ricky Gervais brings the booze jokes. He opts not to "have a go at Mel Gibson," because he's "been through a lot." And then: "Not as much as the Jews." Out come the beers. And the Award for Directing in a Variety etc. Series goes to...Bucky Gunts for the Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremony. This tickles Gervais because he gets a huge kick out of saying "Bucky Gunts."
6:40P Time to get meta, as Awards shows award awards shows. The Tony Awards win.
6:32P Kyra Sedgwick wins for "The Closer." She asks Tina to hold her Emmy while she reads her thank yous. Meanwhile, January Jones, Mariska Hargitay, Juliana Marguiles et al are gnashing their teeth. Also to what @ Twitter handle do I need to send my official feedback to be read on air that says "QUIT EFFING READING TWEETS."
We warned you: The musical tribute. Fallon as Elton John begins with "Goodbye 24." Pours a 40oz for his fallen homey, "Law & Order," and does lame Green Day "Lost" send-up/off. Meh.
6:23P Guest Actor/Actress in Drama John Lithgow and Ann-Margaret give award to best drama writing, which goes to Steve Shill for "Dexter." Lots of talk about blood and gore from the writers.
FYI, Potential "Snack Break" Alert: Musical Tribute to Shows that Said Goodbye is "coming up."
6:14P Tweaky junkies are 2-0 for the night as Bryan Cranston wins for "Breaking Bad" as Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Cranston loves his ladies "more than baseball." As in wife, daughters.
6:10P No, I've decided. We don't need Tweets from random idiots read out loud. Some goth lady won Best Supporting Actress. (Sorry, I was being harassed and missed the announcement.) She says "fa-fa-fa, fa-fa-fa," or something.
6:05P Aaron Paul wins Best Supporting Actor in Drama for "Breaking Bad." There is no better time for a "Fraggle Rock" and hard drugs mash-up joke. Thanks, John Hodgman. I'll add, is Paul high right now? Tee hee. Just high on his Emmy win! (?)
6:02P "Shhhhhhhsssshhhh!" I tell my couch-mate as he tries to quip over Mariska Harigtay and Christopher Meloni from L&O:SVU. That's my celebrity "sandwich." As in, just put me in the middle. Sorry if that was TMI. Great way to add humor to drama thanks to the writers interview segment. The win goes to scribes from "Mad Men." Shall we prepare for "Mad Men" to dominate this section of awards?
5:58P Juliana Marguiles gets a bitch-slap for her singing. Or something like that. Time for "Drama." I guess "Reality" is just one award? That was fast.
5:57P The Emmy Accountants get their star moments. I get myself a drink.
5:52P Keri Russell ("she should have worn boobs with that dress," says my couch-mate) announces "Top Chef" winning for Best Reality Competition. One of the four thousand people running up to the stage trips and almost eats it. Get it? Eats it, Top Chef...err. Sorry. I kinda adore Top Chef so I was too busy clapping to think of funny things to say.
5:48P OUCH! Kim Kardashian should NEVER SING AGAIN. Now it's time for the "Reality" segment. Queue eye rolling from actual talent in audience. at having to witness the genre's faux talent.
5:45P Jimmy Fallon calls Neil Patrick Harris insecure. Neil Patrick Harris calls Jimmy Fallon gay. In what some may say is a big upset, Edie Falco wins Best Actress in a Comedy for "Nurse Jackie." Hodgman makes a quip about meatballs. Falco says she is "beyond speechless" but manages to ramble on long enough to get the "wrap it up" signal.
5:39 PM LL Cool J is here to deliver papers. Oh wait, his hat is for style's sake. Geeks rule the day! Jim Parsons wins for "Big Bang Theory" as Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
5:34PM Lauren Graham and Matthew Perry are up. I ask my couch-mate to help me be funny. "Oh look, Matthew Perry is still gay!" they offer. A moment later, Graham makes a Perry-plays-gay-guys quip. Well all right. They are reporting on Betty White's and Neil Patrick Harris' Guest Actor wins. "Look...Neil Patrick Harris just blew Matthew Perry...a kiss," I'm offered. Heh heh. Now Best Direction...for Ryan Murphy for Glee. In a first, fingerpainting gets mad props at the Emmys.
I'll confess...I've never watched "Modern Family" but I totes LOL-ed at that little filmed bit.
5:27PM Stephen Colbert is up to his usual schmarm and manages to overtly underhandedly insult women while exalting them. The Emmy for Best Supporting Actress goes to Jane Lynch for her role in Glee, something most were expecting. This is "outlaaaaandish!" says Lynch, and gives a shoutout to her folks for infusing her youth on the South Side of Chicago with musical comedy. "I want to thank my Lord and creator...Ryan Murphy," joked the winner. She also thanked her wife...which makes that the first same-sex marriage reference of the night. Kudos, Ms. Lynch.
5:19 PM. Eek, it's kind of awkward to hear someone read Twitter handles out loud. Was it a smart idea to "use" Twitter to add theoretical sparkle to the show? Oh well. Time for "Big Bang" jokes between Sofia Vergara and one of the "Big Bang Theory" geeks. Cute segment with Comedy Series writers asking them funny questions. The win goes to Steven Levitan and Chris Lloyd for "Modern Family." Will "Modern Family" be the big winner tonight? Levitan makes a crack about "all the people still at ABC" and gets warm, knowing laughter. Oh, Hollywood.
5:18PM Ahhh, it's John Hodgman backstage at the show giving the "color commentary."
5:12PM Jon Hamm and Betty White making sexual chemistry jokes. It should be wrong but it's kinda right. They're giving the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Award...to Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family. The announcer's bio is "funny," which could prove unpleasant later in the evening if that's the m.o.
5:11PM Decent "Year in Comedy" wrap-up. Lots of stuff from the same couple of shows.
5:07PM The first Conan joke of the night. Seems to go over well. Conan looks mock-mad.
5:01PM The big open is a filmed sequence riffing on Glee, with the cast of, well, Glee. He picks up Tina Fey, Kate Gosselin, and Jon Hamm. "Back that mother up!" says Betty White to an ass-shaking Jon Hamm. Betty White can do no wrong. Will Jane Lynch throwing a red slushie at Jimmy Fallon get in the way of the fun? Nope. Joel McHale, those Glee kids and everyone else is singing "Born to Run." Jon Hamm is foxy and can sing the phone book for all I care.
"Make it work, Jimmy!" says Tim Gunn with a wave. And on they run...live, Fallon in full Springsteen. This is the coolest high school musical ever.