The 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards

September 23, 2012

Highlights from the red carpet, surprise winners and acceptance speeches from the 64th annual award show.

That’s all folks! 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards is over

Jimmy Kimmel’s debut as trophy show host has come to an end. “Mad Men’s” reign of terror over the best-drama derby has come to an end. “Game Change” scuttled “American Horror Story’s” hopes of mopping up at the Emmys by re-casting itself as a miniseries. And Jon Stewart totally dissed the TV academy for giving his “The Daily Show” a 10th consecutive Emmy for best variety series.

For a closer look at the highs and lows, the surprises and the snubs at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, check the TV Column/Blog in the morning. Let us hear your thoughts on this year’s Emmycast, Kimmel’s job hosting, etc.


(Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Best Comedy Series winner: ‘Modern Family’


Steven Levitan (C) accepts the award for outstanding comedy series for “Modern Family.” (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Best Comedy Series nominees:
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Girls (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
30 Rock (NBC)
Veep (HBO)

Michael J. Fox, who’s returning to series TV on NBC soon, gets the night’s first standing ovation as he takes the stage to announce winner of Best Comedy Series Emmy. That’s the end of the drama for the final category, because the win goes to….”Modern Family” — for the third consecutive time.

Co-creator Steve Levitan gives a heartfelt speech and gets as far as telling the show’s millions of viewers, over the wrap-it-up music, how lucky everyone on the show feels — “lucky not only have jobs in these challenging times, but jobs we love, with people we love — ”

At that point, his microphone is cut off. “You want to stay here another hour?” Kimmel jokes lamely. And with that, the Primetime Emmy Awards limps to an end. Badly done, ABC.

 

‘Homeland’ ends ‘Mad Men’s’ best drama series winning streak

Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
Mad Men (AMC)

“Mad Men’s” streak is ended! Showtime’s “Homeland” has been named best drama series and “Mad Men” will have to settle for keeping company with “The West Wing,” “Hill St. Blues”  and “LA Law” with four consecutive best-drama wins.

“Homeland” also beat “Downton Abbey,” which many trophy show wonks had expected to win this derby, based on Emmy voters’ long-running love affair with crunchy gravel dramas populated by actors delivering their lines with proper British accents.


Alex Gansa (C) accepts the award for outstanding drama series for “Homeland.” (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

This is Showtime’s first best-series Emmy ever. Here’s where we should mention Showtime’s owner: CBS.

Best Miniseries/Movie winner: ‘Game Change’

Best Miniseries or Movie nominees:
American Horror Story (FX)
Game Change (HBO)
Hatfields & McCoys (History)
Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Luther (BBC America)
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece) (PBS)

Winner: ‘Game Change.’ Okay, never mind about “American Horror Story” strategy of competing as a miniseries paying off. A really rushed Tom Hanks — giver of great acceptance speeches — only had time to thank “our founding fathers for the democratic process they came up with” — and HBO big cats.


Producer Tom Hanks (C) accepts the award for outstanding miniseries or movie for “Game Change.” (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Best Mini/Movie directing: ‘Game Change’. Best Mini/Movie actor: Kevin Costner

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special nominees:
Game Change (HBO) Jay Roach
Hatfields & McCoys (History) Kevin Reynolds
Hemingway & Gellhorn (History) Philip Kaufman
Luther (BBC America) Sam Miller
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) Paul McGuigan

Winner: Jay Roach, who praised HBO for having the guts to make “Game Change.”  “Everybody talks about politics, but it’s so hard to get a movie made about politics.”

Best Leading Actor in a Miniseries or Movie nominees:
Woody Harrelson, Game Change (HBO)
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn  (HBO)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys (History)
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys (History)

Winner: Kevin Costner, who seemed to be chastising Hollywood when he said they “had to go all the way to Romania to make this very American story.” Well, yeah – on a History channel budget.


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Jon Stewart “threw his Emmy in the garbage”

While accepting his 10th consecutive award for Best Variety Program, Jon Stewart got tackled, then bleeped. In the middle of the miniseries award category, Stewart randomly got up and started running around while holding what appeared to be a water bottle and a banana.

“Jon Stewart is not in his seat,” Jimmy Kimmel noted as Stewart sprinted, adding, “I saw him throw his Emmy out into the garbage. Something to remember when voting next year.”


Jon Stewart carries water and a banana as he runs back to his seat during a commercial break at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Best Supporting Actress Movie/Mini winner: Julianne Moore

Best Leading Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nominees:
Julianne Moore, Game Change (HBO)
Connie Britton, American Horror Story (FX)
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)(PBS)
Ashley Judd, Missing (ABC)

Winner: Julianne Moore: “I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big Thumbs Down!” she enthused.  Which you will hear dissected, savaged, and ruminated over on countless cable news programs and morning infotainment shows on Monday….sigh…. Anyway, then she thanked “Game Changes” hair and makeup artists and her dialect coach for “transforming me” into Palin for the project.


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Best Mini/Movie writing: Game Change

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special nominees:
Game Change (HBO) Danny Strong
Hatfields & McCoys – Part 2 (History) Ted Mann, Story and Teleplay by
Ronald Parker, Teleplay by Bill Kerby
The Hour (BBC America) Abi Morgan
Luther (BBC America) Neil Cross
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (PBS) Steven Moffat

Winner: Danny Strong


Danny Strong accepts the award for outstanding writing for a miniseries or movie for “Game Change” from presenter Lucy Liu. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

In Memoriam — applause free

Treacle-tune “The Way We Were” should never ever be played during a trophy show In Memoriam. And, did they bleep out the applause? There is a total lack of the traditional applause-o-meter, in which some of the dead get wild applause, but others just a polite smattering. It becomes a ghoulish popularity contest. We miss that. It’s so Hollywood.

Meanwhile, the publicist for FX network just tweeted: “Most Emmy wins ever for FX.” When Jessica Lange picked up her Emmy, the tally came to three.

Best Mini/Movie Supporting Actor winner: ‘Hatfield & McCoys” Tom Berenger

Not only did they finally come up with a way to make the on-stage parade of Ernst&Young suits fun, they made appearance of TV Academy president, well, better anyway –  adding Ellen DeGeneres without her pants (See show opening taped bit).

Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie nominees:
Ed Harris, Game Change (HBO)
Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story (FX)
David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)(PBS)
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys (History)

Winner: Tom Berenger — his first ever Emmy win. Wish they hadn’t cut off his acceptance speech just when he was getting to the raccoon with rabies/garden gnome bit — would have liked to have heard more on that front.


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Best Mini/Movie Supporting Actress: ‘American Horror Story’s’ Jessica Lange

After Kimmel has security eject his parents from the audience, we get to the category:

Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nominees:
Sarah Paulson, Game Change (HBO)
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story (FX)
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story (FX)
Judy Davis, Page Eight (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys (History)

Winner: Jessica Lange for “American Horror Story.” Looks as though the decision to move “AHS” from the drama-series categories, where it competed at the Globes, etc., to miniseries, is going to pay off.


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Jimmy Kimmel has his parents escorted out by security (because of their lies)

Fresh off his loss for Best Variety Program, Jimmy Kimmel points out his parents in the audience, Joan and Jim Kimmel. “My parents were very supportive. They always told me you can do anything you set your mind to,” Kimmel says. “This year I, set my mind to winning the Emmy. And guess what Mom and Dad — I didn’t win the Emmy… I’m devastated, because you lied to me.”

“Yo, Mr. Kimmel and Mrs. Kimmel. Why did you lie to little Jim Jim like that?” pipes up Tracy Morgan from his seat, who has rapidly become Kimmel’s sidekick tonight. “I don’t trust these two, Jim. These two are sick.”

Sure enough, Kimmel has his parents escorted out by security, giving the guards permission to “tase them, bro,” if needed. As a replacement for the two empty seats, Tracy Morgan invites his two cousins, Pancake and Kool-Aid, to come sit down.

Okay, not one of his best gags of the night.

Best Variety Series: ‘The Daily Show’ makes it 10

Best Variety Program
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)


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“The Daily Show” wins its 10th consecutive win in this derby.  Colbert and Fallon tackle Jon Stewart on his way to the stage.  “Oh I am not in the kind of shape I should be,” Stewart gasps.  “We make topical comedy which has the shelf life of egg salad,” Stewart says. “Nobody cares after five days.” He predicts that years from now, when aliens visit what’s left of the earth, “they will find a box of these and they will know just how predictable [BLEEP]”

What do you think/wish he said?

Best directing variety special winner: Glenn Weiss

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special nominees:
“84th Annual Academy Awards:” Don Mischer (ABC)
“The 54th Annual Grammy Awards:” Louis J. Horvitz (ABC)
“Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre:” Louis C.K. (FX)
“New York City Ballet George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker:” Alan Skog (PBS)
“65th Annual Tony Awards:” Glenn Weiss (CBS)


Producer and host Neil Patrick Harris (L) and executive producer Glenn Weiss pose with their outstanding special class programs Emmy awards for their work on the 65th Annual Tony Awards. (Danny Moloshok /Reuters)

Best Writing Variety Special winner: Louis C.K.

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special nominee:
“84th Annual Academy Awards” (ABC)
“Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America’s Golden Girl” (NBC)
“The Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS)
“Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre” (FX)
“65th Annual Tony Awards” (CBS)


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Winner: Louis C.K. — his second win of the night. That’s terrific because he gives good acceptance speeches: “I won another one — so that’s nice…I want to thank all the people who were at that theater laughing at my jokes…and audiences around the country who still go to see live comedy.”

What a refreshing lack of thanking agents, lawyers, and personal trainers at this year’s Emmy Awards! Not sure what who sent the memo/threat to all of this year’s nominees, whatever whoever was — we approve.

Best Drama Actress winner: Claire Danes, and ‘Homeland’ sweep shaping up

Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series nominees:
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law (NBC)
Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)

Winner: Claire Danes. Showtime’s “Homeland” has now won for best drama actor, actress and writing. Tonight is going to be a “Homeland” sweep. Hooray to Danes for giving a shout-out to the show’s Mandy Patinkin.


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‘Homeland’ star Damian Lewis beats Bryan Cranston

Best Leading Actor in a Drama Series nominees:
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Damian Lewis, Homeland (Showtime)

Winner: Damian Lewis — beating previously unbeatable Bryan Cranston. “I don’t believe in judging art, but thought I’d show up just in case. Turned out alright,” Lewis show.

The Emmys are getting more and more interesting.


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Kimmel skewers In Memoriam

Kimmel skewers the In Memoriam, announcing one for himself as Josh Groban sings “What Makes You Beautiful,” the tune made infamous by Simon Cowell’s boy band, One Direction.

It’s like a page out of Kimmel’s ABC late night show, and very gutsy for a host of a trophy show — a genre known for taking itself very, very seriously.  Give Kimmel the Oscars to host, Zadan and Meron!


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Best Directing Drama: Tim Van Patten, ‘Boardwalk Empire’

Kimmel has Tracy Morgan carried off stage, awkwardly.

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series nominees:
Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire (HBO) “To The Lost”
Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad (AMC) “Face Off”
Brian Percival, Downton Abbey (PBS) “Episode 7″
Michael Cuesta, Homeland (Showtime) “Pilot”
Phil Abraham, Mad Men (AMC) “The Other Woman”

Winner: Tim Van Patten. No speech. Show now back to being on time.

Best Supporting Actress Drama winner: Maggie Smith

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominees:
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife (CBS)
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Joanna Froggatt, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)

Winner Maggie Smith — not there to accept.

Kimmel tries to goose the ratings

Kimmel brings Tracy Morgan up on stage to pull a prank on people not watching the Emmys. He has him lie down on stage and tells everyone at home watching to tweet “OMG Tracy Morgan just passed out at the Emmys. Turn on ABC now!”

Twitter instantly lit up with people typing just that… until media outlets like TV Guide spoiled it by tweeting Jimmy Kimmel had told people to tweet it. Nice try at goosing the ratings, ABC….


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Best Drama Series Writing winner: “Homeland”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series nominees:
Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey (PBS) “Episode 7″
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Homeland (Showtime) Pilot
Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men (AMC) “The Other Woman”
Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Mad Men (AMC) “Commissions And Fees”
Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men (AMC) “Far Away Places”

“Homeland” just won.. Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa give speech…”We have a lot of people to thank.” Then they do — starting with thanking people who hired them for their very first TV show, “Spenser for Hire.” ….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


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Best Supporting Actor winner: Aaron Paul

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series nominees:
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey (PBS)


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Jared Harris, Mad Men (AMC)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Winner: Aaron Paul. His second Emmy win. Peter Dinklage won this derby last year.

“Thank you so much [writers] for not killing me off…that was the plan!…Thank you parents for kicking me out of the house…I’m from Idaho….,” Paul rambled and ranted. He also thanked his fiancee for looking at him the way she does. Creepiest acceptance speech so far.

 

Best Reality Host winner: Tom Bergeron

Best Reality Host nominees:
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race (CBS)
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol (Fox)
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (NBC)

Winner: FINALLY, Tom Bergeron wins the trophy he so richly deserves.


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“This is particularly satisfying since Betty White always kicks my ass in our mixed martial arts class,” he says, adding, ” I want to thank Jeff Probst for not being nominated –  that helps. I want to thank my family — most of whom know who they are.”

And now for the suits

The television academy finally found a way to show the suits from Ernst & Young (the firm that oversees the voting process) in a way that does not make you want to gouge your eyes out. Have it done by Sheldon of “Two and a Half Men” who thinks they’re rock stars.

Lead comedy actress nominees collaborate again for an awards gag

Last year, all the lead comedy actress nominees were in on the joke when they treated their category like a beauty pageant, literally crowning Melissa McCarthy the winner. This time, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler “switch” acceptance speeches, as Louis-Dreyfus gets up on stage and starts thanking “NBC, ‘Parks and Rec,’ my sons Abel and Archie…”

Which gag was better?


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Best reality competition series winner: Amazing Race — again

Best Reality Competition nominees:
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

The Amazing Race’s win means that a total of five of the seven Emmys handed out so far are repeats of last year.

Best comedy lead actor: Jon Cryer

Best Leading Actor in a Comedy Series nominees:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime)
Louis C.K., Louie (FX)
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)


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Winner: Jon Cryer — the night’s first big surprise. He’s won for his “Two and a Half Men” role before, but always as best supporting actor. “Something clearly has gone terribly wrong,” he says on stage as he accepts his award. He seems genuinely surprised, as are we. He’s the first non-repeat winner of the night.

 

Best comedy series directing: “Modern Family’s” Steve Levitan

Matthew Perry — who’s new NBC comedy is doing well in the ratings thankyouverymuch — says he’s asked to announce the winners for best guest actor and actress in comedy series. “Why would I do that? They’ve already been announced, but then I remembered I like attention.”

After he gets some attention, the next award goes to best comedy series directing. The winner: “Modern Family’s” Steve Levitan. “I want to thank me for hiring me as a director when nobody else would,” he says. “I wouldn’t be standing here without my faith in me.”


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Emmy reruns

So far all three winners are repeats… Eric Stonestreet, Louis C.K., Julie Bowen…


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Best supporting actress in a comedy series winner: Julie Bowen

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series nominees:
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives (ABC)

Julie Bowen wins — again. The “Modern Family” star thanks the censors at ABC for “insisting on nipple covers.”


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Best writing for a comedy series winner: Louis C.K.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series nominees:
Louis C.K., Louie (FX) “Pregnant”
Lena Dunham, Girls (HBO) “Pilot”
Chris McKenna, Community (NBC) “Remedial Chaos Theory”
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)”The Debate”
Michael Schur, Parks and Recreation (NBC) “Win, Lose, Or Draw”

Winner: Louis C.K. – his second win.


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“Girls” reference — too inside baseball?

Given how few people actually watch HBO’s “Girls,” does anyone else think there should have been a bit of an explanation about why Lena Dunham was eating cake, naked, in a bathroom stall in the beginning sequence? (In case you’re wondering, in the very poignant last scene on “Girls” this season, Dunham wolfed down a piece of cake. And, in addition, made headlines for being naked on the show. A lot.)


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Best supporting actor in a comedy: Eric Stonestreet — again

Best supporting actor comedy series winner is:


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Eric Stonestreet — his second win.

“I wouldn’t be standing here without Jessie Tyler Ferguson,” he says, adding how much he likes that, as Mitch and Cam, they “show America and the world what a loving couple we can be — just like everybody else.”

The year in comedy

The show kicks off with a look at this year in comedy — only a few shows they mention have actually been nominated, however. Here are a look at the nominees, for future reference..


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Best Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Girls (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
30 Rock (NBC)
Veep (HBO)

Kimmel’s opening

Show opens with tape of Christina Hendricks, Zooey Deschanel and Mindy Kaling practicing their “I can’t believe I won!” look in ladies room.  Jimmy Kimmel runs past them and hides in a stall, weeping. Lena Dunham is in another stall, naked, eating cake for reasons that are never explained… Kathy Bates punches in the door to Jimmy’s stall and they all see Jimmy’s botoxed face. They all offer to punch it back to its former look, which they then do. You had to be there. It was great.


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Kimmel asks the audience any of them are voting for Mitt Romney. Much applause.

Clinton’s top gown picks

Clinton Kelly, from “What Not to Wear” just announced his picks for best gowns: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettierre, and Elizabeth Moss. I’m with him on Panettiere. Not getting the other two. Where’s Edie Falco and Julianna Moore on the list?

 


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Tom Bergeron says he will wrestle best reality host Emmy from Betty White if she wins

Tom Bergeron –  TV’s best reality series host –  says he’s never admitted to liking one celebrity dancer on “Dancing with the Stars” more than the others because “why annoy the rest of them?”  Bergeron actually stands a chance of winning the best reality host Emmy this year because, for the first time since the category was created, Jeff Probst is not going to win it.. Because he wasn’t nominated this year. In his place — Betty White is nominated for NBC’s cringe-inducing “Off Their Rockers. “If I have to wrestle it from Betty White — I will!” Bergeron says of the Emmy in that derby.

Christina Hendricks vs Edie Falco


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Christina Hendricks, usually a show stopper on the red carpet, not so much this year. She and hubby, Geoffrey Arend, seem stunned to be called Hollywood Royalty, which is charming. Arend makes the mistake of trying to stand next to Ryan Seacrest until Seacrest gently moves him aside to let the real star of the show — Hendricks — stand front and center.

 

Edie Falco’s dress, on the other hand, is a show stopper.


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Julie Bowen: “I’m probably going to lose”

“I’m probably going to lose,” “Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen confesses to Seacrest. But she hopes the show wins. She says she called co-star Sofia Vergara to see what she was wearing, because that’s just good sense — no one wants to be standing next to Sofia Vergara wearing the same color.


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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban talk “American Idol”

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban arrive — and for once, Keith Urban is allowed to talk! (But only because he’s the newest judge on “American Idol.”) Seacrest asks if Urban visited Kidman on the set of “Hemingway and Gelhorn.”

“I love being on set,” Urban says. “I love that you’re on our set,” “Idol” host Seacrest segues smoothly. Urban says he’s glad Seacrest and Randy Jackson are around because they bring a “comfort level” to the show. Kidman says she plans to stop by “Idol” next year to hang out backstage.


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Elisabeth Moss goes blonde in lieu of tattoo

ABC takes a break from its ads to show us a moment of Stephen Colbert on the red carpet. He’s calling Mom. It’s very dull.

Ginnifer Goodwin, on the other hand, looks funny in orange cut velvet.


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Elisabeth Moss is blonde now. “I wanted to do something really different and it was this or a tattoo,” she explains, noting bleaching her hair is “a little less permanent.”


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Zooey Deschanel, Ricky Gervais arrive

Zooey Deschanel talks “New Girl”: “It’s been like a dream,” she says to Seacrest. She lists some of the guest stars: Rob Reiner, Jamie Lee Curtis (playing her parents), Josh Gad.

Ricky Gervais arrives seconds later — he’s nominated for hosting the Golden Globes. Gervais says he won’t host the Golden Globes again, even though that’s what he’s said the last two years, and always shown up.  “I was the most hated man in America,” Gervais botass of his Golden Globes stints, in which he made fun of everyone. Seacrest shows a picture of Gervais trying to drown and/or save his podcast co-star Karl Pilkington in the ocean, and Gervais says it’s a scene from his new sitcom.


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Also, anyone else counting how many times E! co-host Giuliana Rancic has brought up her new baby? We lost track at 7.

Why Jessica Simpson’s Weight Watchers ad should not air during trophy show red carpet

Jessica Simpson’s Weight Watchers ad — you know, the one in which they DON’T show how little weight she’s lost — seems like a particularly bad choice of ads to run on the red carpet of a trophy show in which we’ve seen so many thin actresses.

Jon Hamm waxes realistic about “Mad Men” acting noms

Lara Spencer with Jon Hamm and his date — who is also in Lara’s cobalt blue, which Lara is taking full credit for discovering the color first. Hamm says it’s “awesome” to be here because his category is “stacked with awesome” people.. “We were nominated in every acting category,” he noted of “Mad Men” this year, adding, “We are 0 for all those categories.”

Tina Fey, her show “30 Rock” about to end, FINALLY learns how to pick an elegant sophisticated dress to wear to a trophy show.

Claire Danes on working while pregnant

“Homeland” star Claire Danes, explains to Ryan Seacrest that working while pregnant has been fine so far, since it’s been an easy pregnancy. She describes her dress as “easy, pretty, yellow.”

Michael J. Fox, future NBC star

Michael J. Fox, future NBC sitcom star, arrives with his wife and son. Fox tells Ryan Seacrest he was inspired to return to TV after recurring stints on “The Good Wife,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “Rescue Me,” and realized he wanted to get back out there and work — “Why just sit around and get fat and old?” Fox wonders rhetorically.

Michael J Fox is asked about being nominated twice this year — for guesting on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Good Wife.”  Fox explains that those categories were decided last weekend, and… he lost.

Julianna Moore: best dressed of the night?

Julianna Moore is in a beautiful acid yellow gown. My choice for best dress of the night. Gets asked the obligatory stupid question whether playing Sarah Palin on HBO’s “Game Change” “resonates” with her because it’s, you know, an election year. She dodges gracefully, explaining “Game Change” is “about our electoral process.”


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Kristen Wigg: ghostly


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Kristen Wigg has shown up on the red carpet in her nightie… She explains she told her stylist wanted to look “ghostly.”

 

Heidi Klum does The Angelina


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Tracy Morgan and his fiancee did not get married this summer

Tracy Morgan is always good for a live interview, right? Ryan Seacrest asks where he wants his character on “30 Rock,” Tracy Jordan, to end up at the end of a show. “On an island…sipping on some lemonade,” Morgan responds. That’s not interesting! Seacrest says he thought Morgan and his fiancee were having a summer wedding — Morgan and his fiancee exchange glances and laugh awkwardly. Ryan Seacrest: Making couples uncomfortable since 2012.

ABC allows John and Jane Does to watch the red carpet — in person!

ABC decided it would be a good idea to invite some lucky fans to watch the red carpet IN PERSON! Only ABC forgot to tell them about the dress code. The folks look as if they’re dressed for a Dodgers game…

Ryan Seacrest talks to “SNL” cast, January Jones, Sofia Vergara

It’s about 7 p.m., so all the “big” stars are coming through E!’s red carpet. Ryan Seacrest has pretty much the only remaining “Saturday Night Live” cast members that viewers would actually recognize (Fred Armisen, Bill Hader) and producer Lorne Michaels.

Next up: January Jones. “You missed the Emmys last year,” Seacrest accuses her. “Well, I just had a kid,” she explains.

Sofia Vergara dances around in a teal dress with lots of cut-outs, to the thrill of the cheering crowd, and Seacrest demands that she show off her bling first.

Red Carpet: Jimmy Fallon’s opening act

ABC’s red-carpet walk up finally gets underway

Jimmy Fallon is wildly overcaffeinated. Says he’s happy to be alive. Amanda Bynes gave him a ride. Clint Eastwood says he’s going to save him a chair…Da dum dum!

Fallon appears to be trying to show us how he would have opened the show had he been allowed to host.


Winning shows thus far

Programs Winning Multiple EMMYS from the Creative Arts portion:

Game of Thrones 6
Frozen Planet 4
Great Expectations 4
Saturday Night Live 4
65th Annual Tony Awards 3
Boardwalk Empire 3
Hatfields & McCoys 3
Deadliest Catch 2
Downton Abbey 2
George Harrison: Living in the Material World 2
Hemingway and Gellhorn 2
Homeland 2
Secret Mountain Fort Awesome 2
54th Annual Grammy Awards 2
The Kennedy Center Honors 2
Two and a Half Men 2


(Danny Molo Shok/Reuters)

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Early red carpet moments

Welcome to the Emmy live chat — Lisa de Moraes will be joining in shortly. So far, there’s been lots of special moments on E!’s red carpet, with hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic. We have seen:

* Shots of Mandy Patinkin vigorously running a comb through his hair and brushing off his suit

* E! introducing a “Manicam,” so celebs can show off their manicures up close. So far, everyone has seemed either confused or creeped out.

* Giuliana warning Kat Dennings to control “the girls,” in her low-cut dress, or she may have a wardrobe malfunction.

* Jimmy Fallon telling Seacrest that people have been confusing him with Jimmy Kimmel, and think that he’s hosting tonight. Fallon predicts Kimmel will throw in a few “Honey Boo Boo” jokes

* Max Greenfield (Schmidt from “New Girl) talking about the potential of him going full-frontal if he were to star in a movie adaptation of “50 Shades of Grey.” The likelihood — very good.

Live coverage to start at 7 p.m.

TV Columnist Lisa de Moraes will kick off Emmy coverage with red carpet analysis starting at 7 p.m. ET.

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