TV Junkie: Emmys Coverage Today
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be aired on Sunday, August 29 at 5:00pm on NBC - the TV Junkie will be there reporting for you.
The Emmys are finally here and we'll be reporting them live today. I'll be on the red carpet where arrivals are expected to start at 2:30pm and conclude at 4:45pm. We'll be tweeting via @TheTVJunkie and we will attempt to Ustream from the red carpet at our channel depending on how pummeled the cellular network is in downtown LA. Lindsay William-Ross will be liveblogging the awards on LAist starting at 5pm with nuggets from myself in the press room. Later on the the evening we will be at the HBO after-party at the Pacific Design Center so follow my twitter feed for updates from there. HBO is expected to walk away with a couple dozen awards by the end of the Emmys so we expect spirits to be high. Tomorrow we will have a wrap up of the day with our own high-quality photos and video.Starting at 2pm today you can watch the ramp up to the red carpet on the TV Guide Network and E!, KNBC will have an Emmys special at 3pm, and then NBC starts its own red carpet show at 4pm before the awards get underway at 5pm. If you are unsure of the nominees for tonight, be sure to check out our post summarizing that list along with our picks (and keep score).
Yesterday we were at the gift lounge for about 3 hours which was a bizarre experience as virtually none of the celebs/presenters/nominees wanted to talk to anyone with the exception of Ricky Gervais who, of course, was pulled away from us to do his rehearsal before we had a chance to talk to him - his departure brought the energy in the room to an alltime low. During these tough economic times, there's something surreal and kind of disgusting about watching about $20,000 worth of designer goods, electronics, gourmet food vouchers, and 4-star resort vacations getting handed out to people who could already afford them. Yeah, it's marketing, we get it, but it was still kind of revolting.
It's true that some of these celebs (Stephen Moyer, and Brittany Curran for example) turn around and donate a lot of these gifts to charity, which is admirable, but we think that their behavior is in the minority. Will we be mentioning any of these luxury goods providers? Nah, primarily because we didn't get even 10 seconds of usable video content after hanging out there for 3 hours and paying $15 in parking, and secondarily, we felt dirty just being there.
Onward and upwards to the awards show today. While awards shows are themselves a form of celebrity masturbation, we look at the Emmys as a summary of the last year of television - with highlights and low points, as well as another remind of how out of touch the Academy can be with what is innovative and challenging television. They're fun to watch because we just plain disagree with them on most counts. Feel free to join in.
Thanks for reading and following our coverage today!