Deadline’s TV Team tonight live blogs the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards here — not to be confused with Kurt Sutter and Mike Fleming Jr. live-blogging the Emmys which will stream below us.

Related: Sutter-Fleming Jr Live Blog; Backstage Reactions; TV Exec Red Carpet

 

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Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20143:02 pm

Some big Emmy questions tonight:

1)Will the presence of big-screen luminaries Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in this year’s drama-series derbies (“HUGE stars often only seen on the silver screen!” CNN gushed in its Emmy walk-up coverage) make up in ratings for the damage likely being done the Primetime Emmy Awards this year by shuffling it off to a Monday in August?

2)Will ‘Orange is the New Black’ put an end to ‘Modern Family’s’ best-comedy winning streak, and drive the final nail in the coffin for the broadcast networks in the glam genre categories — broadcasters having already conceded longform and drama-series races? This year’s Emmy host, NBC, for instance, has no nominees for best comedy series, drama series, movie, or miniseries, continuing a trend of decreasing broadcast presence across the glam categories — which we wouldn’t DREAM of suggesting played any part in scheduling discussions at NBC as the network worked to figure out how to get the ceremony out of they way of its NFL Sunday contract and the 800-pound gorilla that was Miley-Cyrus-Might-Twerk-At-The-VMAs-Again. 

3)Will first-time host Seth Meyers tell a joke — and then, helpfully, explain the joke – in his opening monologue, as he is prone to do on his NBC late-night show?

Dominic Patten August 25, 20143:24 pm

The anticipation was that having the Emmys downtown on a
Monday was going to be a LA traffic nightmare, with all those office workers
trying to get out and the best of the small screen trying to get in. So far
we’re hearing that it’s been a breeze. Having said that, here’s some recommended routes via the TV Academy if you’re still on your way down to the Nokia Theatre.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20143:28 pm

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20143:30 pm

Nellie reports from on the scene:  Ominous dark clouds over the red carpet.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20143:37 pm

With Emmy traffic proving no big deal, looks like ‘Mad Men’ scribe Tom Smuts’ idea to bike the 15-miles from Santa Monica was noble in intent but unnecessary – yet he will be the fittest man in the Nokia tonight..hope those dark clouds don’t turn into something else and he gets rained on.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20143:38 pm

Seth’s monologue and jokes are going to be little “A Little Help From My Friends” to throw in that necessary Beatles reference. As well as his own writing staff, the former Weekend Update anchor reportedly got a word or two of advice from fellow ex-SNLers and Golden Globe hosts extraordinaire Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20143:40 pm

Then again, Meyers has handled tougher crowds than the hopefuls today in the Nokia. Back in 2011 when he was still on SNL, Meyers hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner. While he took a bit to launch that late April night in D.C. , he was easily the best to take on that gig of the past few years. Sorry Kimmel, Conan and Joel – but you know its true. Of course, one of the targets of Meyers’ 2011 WHCD routine typically lashed out earlier today against him hosting the Emmys – but what more or less do you expect from Donald Trump?

Dominic Patten August 25, 20143:47 pm

The Red Carpet is looking pretty packed but as this pic from Pete Hammond inside the Staples Center at the Emmy pre-show reception reveals there’s still time for some last minute touch ups

Dominic Patten August 25, 20143:48 pm

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20144:08 pm

Why Giuliana Rancic is paid the big bucks (reported $1 mil per year) E! pays her: “Your boobs are very perfect! ” she observes  says to Sarah Silverman on the red carpet, after which she and Silverman go through the contents of Silverman’s evening bag.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20144:19 pm

Ryan Seacrest’s name was evoked during a bit of tension on the Red Carpet just now between nominee Jim Parsons and E’s Giuliana Rancic. First she greeted the actor with a “you are nominated for very many things tonight.” Parsons replied that he actually just had two noms for ‘The Normal Heart’ and ‘Big Bang Theory.’ That didn’t work for Rancic, who pressed the point leading to Parsons making a face and delivering an aside of “very angry interview.” “Hey, I worked with Seacrest for 12 years,” said Rancic. “No wonder you’re upset,” shot back Parsons with perfect timing. The chat between the duo ended on a better note with Parsons praising working on the HBO movie.

David Bloom August 25, 20144:25 pm

Gotta love Matthew McConaughey’s blue-on-black look. Has to be big favorite for drama best actor category.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20144:28 pm

Ryan Seacrest’s name was evoked during a bit of tension on the red carpet just now between nominee Jim Parsons and E’s Giuliana Rancic. First she greeted the actor with a “you are nominated for very many things tonight.” Parsons replied that he actually just had two noms for ‘The Normal Heart’ and ‘Big Bang Theory.’ That didn’t work for Rancic, who pressed the point leading to Parsons making a face and delivering an aside of “very angry interview.” “Hey, I worked with Seacrest for 12 years,” said Rancic. “No wonder you’re upset,” shot back Parsons with perfect timing. The chat between the duo ended on a better note with Parsons praising working on the HBO movie.

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20144:28 pm

“I’m wearing the mask right now, hiding my true self —  I can
fake it,” host Seth Meyers tells E!’s Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet. She wants to know what he has up his
sleeve for tonight. “Telling some good jokes,” he reveals, to the relief of
all.  She wonders what shows are going to
get jabbed. “We’re not going after shows. People who get nominated worked
really hard,” he says, explaining that in his opening he’s going to “go after what’s happening in
the world of television as opposed to individual shows or actors.”

Rancic, who wasn’t listening, asked if he was going to take
jabs at E! shows in particular, reminding him, “We’re in the NBC family.”

“I think E! can sleep easy,” Meyers responds
diplomatically, resisting the urge to hit her over the head with a blunt
object.

“Have you seen ‘Botched’?” she asks, not willing to let go.
“That would haves given you a lot of material!”

Meyers says he hadn’t seen it and that probably if he hasn’t
seen it, nobody has.

David Bloom August 25, 20144:29 pm

Dominic Patten August 25, 20144:30 pm

“That was my bogey” isn’t an “alright, alright, alright” for Matthew McConaughey
but it was pretty smooth comeback for not remembering on the red carpet who made his suit. Then again someone really didn’t do her research – E’s Rancic told McConaughey he would be the first actor to win both an Oscar and an Emmy in the same year if he won for his ‘True Detective’ role tonight. Actually not true, George C. Scott was the first actor to win both awards in the same year. Our Peter Hammond pointed that out when the noms were announced in early July and McConaughey made the point to Rancic on the Red Carpet. The worst part was it looked like she had that factoid practiced…

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20144:31 pm

E!’s Giuliana Rancic has named her breasts: Doris and Suzie. Have you named your breasts today?

David Bloom August 25, 20144:31 pm
Dominic Patten August 25, 20144:33 pm
Dominic Patten August 25, 20144:33 pm

Looks like furry brevity is the soul of Seth’s routine tonight

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Mayim Bialik posted her red carpet shot with #TBBT co-star Jim Parsons on Instagram

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Dominic Patten August 25, 20144:57 pm
Dominic Patten August 25, 20144:57 pm

In anticipation of the show about to kick off, let’s spotlight the truly honest man in the Nokia Theatre tonight – Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani. You know he’s tweeting the truth others fear to say

David Bloom August 25, 20144:57 pm

NBC posted this pretty cool Vine video rolling up to the red carpet:

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20145:00 pm

Nellie from Red Carpet: Interesting setup this year with two Red Carpets separated by a tall hedge. A lot of disappointment on the faces of those emerging from the “small” Red Carpet, when they realize they would not be rubbing elbows with the A-List stars, but are ushered in. Most popular on that side was the Emmy statue, with a long line of people waiting for a photo.
Red carpet got crazy crowded at 4:00 and then cleared up magically at 4:40

David Bloom August 25, 20145:02 pm

Producer Dana Brunetti (Trigger Street) posted this photo on Facebook of his “date” tonight. He continued “He better put out tonight.”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:03 pm

Going to his safe place, Seth Meyers is doing his best Weekend Anchor voice in this monologue … and now the Bicentennial remembrance, everybody loves the Ford Era tonight. (UPDATE – Check out Lisa’s post on Meyers’ opening here – http://deadline.com/2014/08/seth-meyers-emmys-opening-monologue-2014-primetime-emmy-awards-824183/

Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:05 pm

That set behind Meyers looks like half the restaurants on the West Side of LA…guess go with what you know.

David Bloom August 25, 20145:06 pm
Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:09 pm

Not sure how to take this tweet – feeling sad or happy?

David Bloom August 25, 20145:10 pm

WINNER, Supporting Actor In A Comedy: Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:12 pm

Amy Poehler makes every awards show better …she just does. Good idea getting her as the first presenter after a fairly fast paced monologue. Maybe I do like Mondays.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:13 pm

Network TV takes the first award on what feels like night for a cable love-in. Not that ‘Modern Family’ hasn’t consistently gotten a lot of Emmy love, so might just be an exception not a rule

Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:16 pm

The Emmys didn’t give any real nom love to ‘The Walking Dead’ this year & so the cast & head honchos of the most popular show on TV are not at TV’s biggest night, I hear/ Why? They’re filming their upcoming season – another blockbuster that will deserve at least some recognition from the TV Academy next year .. will they get it?

David Bloom August 25, 20145:17 pm

WINNER, Writing For A Comedy: Louis C.K., “Louie”

David Bloom August 25, 20145:21 pm

WINNER, Supporting Actress In A Comedy: Allison Janney, “Mom”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:23 pm

McConaughey fat jokes from that other late night host Jimmy Kimmel seem a dubious start but then ABC’s man shows the show how its done. “No offense but how many of those speeches of yours are we supposed to sit through,” “Alright, alright, alright already.” He says of McConaughey wining maybe winning an Emmy so soon after getting his Oscar. That was a big laugh only nicely eclipsed by a bigger one for the TV face of Ricky Gervais, And nice shout out to Tracey Morgan, Jimmy.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:25 pm

McConaughey fat jokes from that other late night host Jimmy Kimmel seem a dubious start but then ABC’s man shows the show how its done. “No offense but how many of those speeches of yours are we supposed to sit through,” Kimmel says of McConaughey maybe winning an Emmy tonight so soon after getting his Oscar. “Alright, alright, alright already.” That was a big laugh only nicely eclipsed by a bigger one for the TV face of Ricky Gervais, And nice shout out to Tracey Morgan, Jimmy.

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Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:29 pm

McConaughey fat jokes from that other late night host Jimmy Kimmel seem a dubious start but then ABC’s man shows the show how its done. “No offense but how many of those speeches of yours are we supposed to sit through,” Kimmel says of McConaughey maybe winning an Emmy tonight so soon after getting his Oscar. “Alright, alright, alright already.” That was a big laugh only nicely eclipsed by a bigger one for the TV face of Ricky Gervais, And nice shout out to Tracey Morgan, Jimmy.

David Bloom August 25, 20145:30 pm

WINNER, Directing For A Comedy: Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:31 pm

Another ‘Modern Family’ win .. bordering on a trend

Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:33 pm

Gail Mancuso “directing” her acceptance speech is great..oops they are playing her off

David Bloom August 25, 20145:38 pm

WINNER, Lead Actor In A Comedy: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:38 pm

“Hold on Clark Gable” as a line was almost as good as that frantic NYC segment with Billy On The Street. Someone said, “How do you write that up?” “Perfect,” that’s the word and who knew Meyers was such a good sidekick?

David Bloom August 25, 20145:42 pm
Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:43 pm

Awards shows usually reveal how good or, more commonly bad, they are going to be in the first 30 minutes. This Emmys is pretty good so far. Funny and brisk..what did they add to the water down at the Nokia? Maybe Mondays are better. Maybe we should be thanking the NFL after all

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20145:44 pm

Picking up his latest Emmy for best comedy lead actor, ‘Big Bang Theory’s’ Jim Parsons did the Praise of Fellow Nominees that’s become obligatory in acceptance speeches — like thanking ones spouse — and this time, for the first time, for the first time, thanked his father who, he said, “encouraged me to be an actor,” adding, “In a career that hinges so much on confidence that was a really great gift.” 

Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:44 pm

Love the stats .. really

David Bloom August 25, 20145:45 pm

WINNER, Lead Actress In A Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

David Bloom August 25, 20145:47 pm

Amy “Pueblo”? What in joke did we miss between Poehler and Fallon?

Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:47 pm

OK that’s triple for Julia Louis-Dreyfus for VEEP..Hell, she’s POTUS now. No wonder she got the Adrian Brody Hallie Berry Oscars kiss from ‘Breaking Bad’s Cranston … lot of chemistry there if anyone’s looking to do a quick flick during the downtime might have two leads ready to go

David Bloom August 25, 20145:48 pm

WINNER, Reality-Competition Program: “The Amazing Race,” CBS

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Dominic Patten August 25, 20145:56 pm

Oh, now we do the odd filler bit that is so much like Meyers ‘Late Night’ show with nominees asking numbskull questions … the funny seems to have suddenly stopped. “Can I use the bathroom?” What happened?

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20145:57 pm

Night’s first comedy bellyflop: Handing out the Emmy for best reality series, presenter Mindy Kaling joked that reality TV is the programming you watch before having sex with your boyfriend. Thud! Then fellow presenter John Mulaney, who has a new comedy series coming to Fox, made it worse adding, it’s “putting writers out of work, adding, “Just kidding — we all know reality shows are written.”

Crickets.

The winner: CBS’s ‘Amazing Race’, taking back the category which it lost last year to NBC’s ‘The Voice’. Accepting the Emmy, EP Bertram Van Munster said, “I can assure you we didn’t expect this at all” adding, “the world is not a bad place. You can go safely to a lot of places.”

David Bloom August 25, 20145:59 pm

WINNER, Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Steven Moffat, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20146:01 pm

Three Holmes noms and first win for Steven Moffat … upset for ‘Sherlock: His Last Vow’ Nice end to a massive ratings weekend with the Season 8 debut of his other know-it-all show ‘Doctor Who’ on the BBC and BBC America. 

David Bloom August 25, 20146:01 pm

WINNER, Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”

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WINNER, Supporting Actor In a Miniseries or Movie: Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20146:09 pm

“No they need to hear this!!” More late-night dominating the Emmys — Stephen Colbert takes to the stage with an imaginary friend gimmick. Creepy. If this is Colbert out of character, CBS should make some quick calls

Dominic Patten August 25, 20146:11 pm

Another ‘Sherlock’  win …and Freeman’s up for a nom for FX’s ‘Fargo’ too. Which just had a win of its own

David Bloom August 25, 20146:11 pm

WINNER, Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special: Colin Bucksey, “Fargo”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20146:13 pm

I’ve just seen the light — literally. We’re almost halfway through the 2014 Emmys and the sun is still out in LA. Again, Mondays looking good- especially in August

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20146:14 pm

Kathy Bates, the actress who got
kicked to the curb by NBC because her drama Harry’s Law attracted too many
older viewers, got to pick up her second Emmy in two years on NBC tonight. (She
won for best supporting actress in a movie or mini for American Horror Story,
afer last year winning an Emmy for playing the ghost of Charlie Sheen’s Charlie
Harper character in a guest gig on CBS’s “Two and a Half Men.”)

“I was sure I wasn’t gonna win”
she said, explaining that the people backstage who seemed to be in charge of
keeping track of the winners and losers “caught my eye and both tilted their
heads in a social-worker-I’m-sorry way.” She dedicated her win to “the crew in
New Orleans who worked grueling hours to bring this wonderful show to life.”

And, NBC, so far, has won zero Emmys tonight.

David Bloom August 25, 20146:16 pm
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WINNER, Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20146:23 pm

Another ‘Sherlock: His Last Vow’ win… Wow! Benedict Cumberbatch beats out fellow Brit Idris Elba and his Baker Street sidekick Martin Freeman All those noms in the past and now all these wins. The Emmys are going all Rule Britiannia 

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20146:24 pm

Presenting the Emmy for best actor in a movie or mini, “True Detective” stars Woody Harrelson and Mathew McConaughey first did a little patter:

Harrelson wondered if McConaughey was being a little greedy in that he is expected to nab the best drama series actor Emmy tonight, after winning in Oscar and being named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. McConaughey suggested Harrelson be grateful “for what you have and not envy what I do.” 

“I’m grateful you got all the plagiarized lines,” Harrelson snarked, to gasps from the Nokia Theater industry audience. “That was a little too inside,” Harrelson snarked again.

David Bloom August 25, 20146:27 pm

WINNER, Lead Actress In A Miniseries or a Movie: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20146:32 pm

Well, ‘The Normal Heart’ isn’t nominated in the upcoming Outstanding Miniseries category so at least it can’t be shut out of that … though there are three more categories to go (doing quick math) where it is nominated. Note ‘Sherlock’ is in two of them

David Bloom August 25, 20146:32 pm

“Weird” Al Yankovic parodying theme songs from big shows on the Emmys? Okay. That works well enough, especially as he’s coming off a No. 1 album 30 years into his career. LONG way from listening to Dr. Demento in his parents’ house in Lynwood, Calif.

David Bloom August 25, 20146:33 pm

WINNER, Miniseries: “Fargo,” FX

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Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20146:36 pm

Andy Samberg comes out to introduce a segment about TV show theme songs, as performed by “Weird” Al Yankovic as his mic pack swung like a grandfather clock, which serves to remind us why they did away with Emmy production numbers for so long, and why Andy Samberg will never be asked to host the Emmys.

David Bloom August 25, 20146:40 pm

WINNER, TV Movie: “The Normal Heart,” HBO

David Bloom August 25, 20146:46 pm

WINNER, Writing for a Variety Special: Sarah Silverman, “We Are Miracles”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20146:46 pm

“21 times I’ve been nominated, 19 times I’ve lost,” lamented Ricky Gervais to the already giggling crowd. “It’s like a cruel joke.” He read out his never-to-be-given Emmy-winning speech for tonight. Really all you need to know is the beginning: “Ha, ha.” A bit of bite never hurt any awards show …Ricky needs to get another one.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20146:48 pm

“21 times I’ve been nominated, 19 times I’ve lost,” lamented Ricky Gervais to the already giggling crowd. “It’s like a cruel joke.” He read out his never-to-be-given Emmy-winning speech for tonight. Really, all you needed to know is the speech’s mocking beginning: “Ha, ha.” A bit of bite never hurt any awards show …Ricky needs to get another one.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20146:50 pm

Auditioning for that ‘The Big Bang Theory’ guest appearance? “We’re all just made of molecules and we’re hurtling through space” A line you don’t expect to hear at the Emmys. Thank you Sarah Silverman …and I think NASA thanks you too.

David Bloom August 25, 20146:52 pm

Jay Leno says hi backstage to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, posted on Instagram by the Academy

Dominic Patten August 25, 20146:53 pm

Psychics at HBO? At least Nancy Lesser it seems. According to our Pete Hammond, the premium cabler exec told him at the Emmys pre-reception that she thought ‘The Normal Heart’ would win TV Movie but was worried about its other noms. Wonder if her powers work when buying lottery tixs

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20146:53 pm

While ‘Normal Heart’ did not win any of the Emmys walking up to the trophy for best TV movie, it did take that big one. Accepting the Emmy, EP Ryan Murphy thanked the academy, HBO and Fox “for believing in this movie,” adding, “we did this for Larry Kramer,” who appeared on stage swathed in heavy clothing. In a NY Times piece earlier this year, Kramer said he is HIV positive and came close to dying twice since the start of the year, but he blamed that more on intestinal problems at age 78. 

Murphy gave special thanks to its stars Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, “who got this movie made. After 30 years, it took Erin
Brockovich and The Incredible Hulk to finally get this thing” made. 

Murphy finished by “asking young people watching to become Larry Kramers — find a cause you will fight for and you will die for,” and dedicated his win to the memory of “the hundred of thousands of artists who passed from HIV/ AIDS.”

David Bloom August 25, 20146:57 pm

WINNER, Directing for a Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, “The 67th Tony Awards”

David Bloom August 25, 20146:58 pm

WINNER, Variety Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:01 pm

The Seth and Billy On The Street segment is still one of the best parts of tonight’s Emmys. Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it. Actually even better if you have: 

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20147:06 pm

Colbert won his second consecutive Emmy for best variety
series, for his soon-to-be-defunct Comedy Central show “The Colbert Report.” He’s going to CBS to take over for David Letterman on “The Late Show.” 

Presenter Gwen Stefani managed to mispronounce both “Colbert” and “Report” as she read the win, leading Jimmy Fallon, whose NBC late-night show also was nominated, to suggest a mistake had been made and demand to see the card.

Colbert handed him the Emmy and began whispering his acceptance speech into Fallon’s ear, which Fallon delivered — producing the trophy show’s first bleeped expletive.  

“Don’t make me say that, I’ll get in trouble!” Fallon said, after saying the word, and backed off. Mission accomplished, Colbert took over. 

“It’s been a ton of fun to do this show for the last nine years,” Colbert said. “We want to thank Jon Stewart again. We want to thank everyone who is not on stage. Our writers won last week — I’m so proud of those guys and one woman — and I’m sorry for that, for some reason.”

David Bloom August 25, 20147:08 pm

WINNER, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20147:11 pm

Before Academy TV president Bruce Rosenblum gave his traditional Emmy Award Ceremony patter about American television having a meaningful impact around the world, diversity in front of and behind the camera, the academy’s foundation,  yada, yada, he’d directed gorgeous Sofia Vergara to stand on a revolving platform on stage  so the audience could eye her from all angles
as he spoke – at one point she patted her heinie for the crowd. Twitter
backlash was immediate….

https://twitter.com/imransiddiquee/status/504092194265776128

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:12 pm

A third win for Aaron Paul for playing Jessie Pinkman in AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad.’ You’d think he’d gotten beyond feeling like he’s going to throw up by now. Then again, he had a year off, with Bobby Cannavale winning for ‘Boardwalk Empire’ in 2013. Maybe that’s why he didn’t say “Bitch.”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:23 pm

The In Memoriam segment was pretty comprehensive. Garner, Bacall, Hoskins, Davis, Caesar, Stritch, Pardo, Ramis, Needham Hoffman and Angelou were among those shown on screen – I noticed that Peyton Place’s Ed Nelson and TV’s first Captain Video Richard Coogan, who passed in March, were not shown on the broadcast but they are among those on the TV Academy website: http://www.emmys.com/in-memoriam

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:25 pm

Oh Seth – you started off so strong and now it has fallen to David Caruso CSI jokes

David Bloom August 25, 20147:26 pm

WINNER, Directing for a Drama Series: Cary Joji Fukunaga, “True Detective: Who Goes There”

David Bloom August 25, 20147:27 pm

WINNER, Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:28 pm

‘True Detective’s Cory Joji Fukunaga started with a “this is awesome’ for his Drama Series directing win. Then he dropped one of those very bad words that had to be bleeped by the NBC censor. It was only the second bleep of the night. Overally, it’s been very clean cut tonight, not like those Golden Globes or Indie Spirit Awards, where the wine and bubbly flows free, and the curse words do, too.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:30 pm

“My TV husband’ Anna Gunn’s shout-out to Bryan Cranston as she swiftly but not too fast went through her thank yous for her win as Supporting Actress in a Drama. But she had the practice of last year’s win and she’s a pro, so really should we expect less?

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20147:31 pm

“He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him on television
and movies, in nightclubs, arenas, hospitals, homeless shelters, for the troops
overseas, and even in a dying girl’s living room for her last wish,” Billy
Crystal said in an emotional tribute to Robin Williams, at the end of tonight’s
In Memoriam segment.

“I spent many happy hours with Robin on stage. I used to
think if I could just put a saddle on (him) and stay on eight seconds I was going to be okay. He was the greatest friend you could ever imagine –
supportive, protective, loving,” Crystal said, adding, “It’s very hard to talk about him in the past, because he was so present, in all our lives.

“For almost 40 years,” Crystal said,  “he was the
brightest star in the comedy galaxy.”
“But while some of the brightest of celestial bodies are actually
extinct, their molten energy long since cooled, miraculously, because
they float in the heavens so far away from us now, their beautiful light
will shine on us forever,” Crystal continued. “And the glow will be so
bright, it will warm your heart and make your eyes glisten, and you’ll
think to yourselves, Robin Williams, what a concept.”

It was a tough tribute to pull off — being maybe the seventh or eighth TV tribute to Williams since he was found dead in his Bay Area home on Aug. 11. After Crystal finished his heartfelt comments,  viewers were shown clips of several Williams performances — including some that already had been seen in other televised tributes, and a couple of new ones. The clips ended with a moment from Williams’ Live at the Met performance in which Williams played himself as well as his then infant son Zach (which got bleeped for tonight’s NBC broadcast, to remove little “Zach” squealing his newly-learned expression —  “fuck it!” —  as he walked off with his dad.)

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:33 pm

We’re in the final half hour … sun almost set in LA. Who doesn’t like to talk about the weather?

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20147:34 pm

Before Academy TV president Bruce Rosenblum gave his traditional Emmy Award Ceremony patter about American television having a meaningful impact around the world, diversity in front of and behind the camera, the academy’s foundation,  yada, yada, he’d directed gorgeous Sophia Vergara to stand on a revolving platform on stage  so the audience could eye her from all angles
as he spoke – at one point she patted her heinie for the crowd. Twitter
backlash was immediate….

https://twitter.com/margeincharge/status/504087191510089728
https://twitter.com/SideOfGinger/status/504087726333755392
https://twitter.com/imransiddiquee/status/504092194265776128

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20147:35 pm

Before Academy TV president Bruce Rosenblum gave his traditional Emmy Award Ceremony patter about American television having a meaningful impact around the world, diversity in front of and behind the camera, the academy’s foundation,  yada, yada, he’d directed gorgeous Sophia Vergara to stand on a revolving platform on stage  so the audience could eye her from all angles as he spoke – at one point she patted her heinie for the crowd. Twitter
backlash was immediate….

David Bloom August 25, 20147:36 pm

WINNER, Writing for a Drama Series: Moira Walley-Beckett, “Breaking Bad: Ozymandias”

David Bloom August 25, 20147:39 pm

WINNER, Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20147:41 pm

Moira Wallery-Beckett won the Emmy for writing the third to last episode of ‘Breaking Bad’ — something of a surprise since the show’s final episode, penned by Vince Gilligan, also was nominated and had been favored to win.  “Vince Gilligan this is your fault,” she said on stage. “Thank you
for your mentorship and your mad skills, yo!”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:42 pm

“My TV husband’ Anna Gunn’s shout-out to Bryan Cranston as she swiftly but not too fast went through her thank yous for her win as Supporting Actress in a Drama. But she had the practice of last year’s win and she’s a pro, so really should we expect less?

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:43 pm

A Big 4 win! Who would have thought – but there was such a strong supportive vibe out there for ‘The Good Wife’ that the win for Lead Actress in a Drama Series doesn’t really seem much of surprise now Julianna Margulies has won her third Emmy overall and second one for GW. “Josh Charles I miss you every day, what were you thinking?’ Margulies joked of her now departed co-star whose death on the show jolted an already strong season for the CBS drama.

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20147:44 pm

Before Academy TV president Bruce Rosenblum gave his traditional Emmy patter about American television having a meaningful impact around the world, diversity in front of and behind the camera, the academy’s foundation, yada, yada, yada, he’d directed gorgeous Sofia Vergara to stand on a revolving platform on stage so the audience could eye her from all angles
as he spoke. At one point, she patted her heinie for the crowd as she looked over her shoulder coquettishly.

Twitter backlash was immediate….

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:46 pm

Very halting delivery there Julia Roberts … more rehearsal time perhaps?

David Bloom August 25, 20147:47 pm

WINNER, Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:49 pm

Somewhere someone is collecting a lot of money for betting against odds-on fave Matthew McConaughey for Lead Actor in Drama “Even I thought about voting for Matthew,” said second year in a row winner Bryan Cranston. Feels like that ‘Breaking Bad’ tide is rising. On another note, George C. Scott holds on to being the one and only actor to win an Oscar and an Emmy in the same year.

David Bloom August 25, 20147:51 pm

WINNER, Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC

David Bloom August 25, 20147:53 pm

Wow, playing off the Best Comedy Series champs on their fifth straight win? Gotta squeeze it in before 11/8

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:53 pm

‘Sherlock’ aside, tradition is in the Emmy air tonight – have they unofficially named the Outstanding Comedy Series the ‘Modern Family’ award. Then again, as many as you win (and MF has won 5) you don’t get to avoid being played off if you go on a bit in your thanks .. and even if you’ve just tied ‘Frasier’ for the most consecutive Emmy wins

David Bloom August 25, 20147:53 pm

Wow, playing off the Best Comedy Series champs on their fifth straight win? Gotta squeeze it in before 11 pm/8 pm

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:54 pm

Just Outstanding Drama Series left .. not a single Big 4 show on the list. Two HBO, two AMC, 1 PBS and 1 Netflix

David Bloom August 25, 20147:57 pm

WINNER, Drama Series: “Breaking Bad,” AMC

Lisa de Moraes August 25, 20147:58 pm

“Ladies and gentlemen, it is an honor to introduce – Jay Leno,”
Emmy host Seth Meyers said at 7:50 PM – one of the night’s few surprises. Leno’s
been keeping a pretty low profile since being exited  from NBC’s The Tonight Show for the second
time in February.

“It ‘s hard to believe we’re almost a tenth of the way
through the evening,” Leno said, reminding viewers why NBC did so. Leno then
announced another surprise – ABC’s ‘Modern Family’ had again won the Emmy for
best comedy series, besting Netflix’s ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘CBS’s ‘The
Big Bang Theory,’ FX’s ‘Louie’ HBO’s ‘Veep’ and HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ – all of which had been more buzzed about to win than had ‘Modern Family’ leading up to tonight.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20147:59 pm

That’s the second ‘Breaking Bad’ Best Drama win in a row. Whoever came up with that split final season idea at AMC should get a big raise tomorrow. And hey, Matt Weiner, no win tonight but the strategy could work out for ‘Mad Men’ next Emmys and the one after that.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20148:02 pm

So that’s it – boom out on time, didn’t feel like a waste of three hours. But they needed it to end right on time to whip right into the West Coast reply and pump up those Monday numbers for the ratings.

Dominic Patten August 25, 20148:05 pm

When you have a good line why not keep reusing it?

Dominic Patten August 25, 20148:29 pm

The Seth and Billy On The Street segment is still one of the best parts of tonight’s Emmys. Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it. Actually even better if you have:

Dominic Patten August 25, 20148:32 pm

The Seth and Billy On The Street segment is still one of the best parts of tonight’s Emmys. Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it. Actually even better if you have: