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TV Squad Live Blogging: The Emmys

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 21st 2008 6:00PM
Emmy award11:00: OK, that's it for me tonight. Things have turned bold for some reason and I'm hungry. I haven't eaten since...well, I had a handful of almonds around 5:30, along with a Diet Coke, but that's it. Check out more Emmys on AOL, with a full list of winners, behind the scenes info, interviews, and a ton of pictures.

10:57: Outstanding Drama, Mad Men. Yes!!!!!

10:56:
Tom Selleck delivering the Drama award? Random, but welcome.

10:55:
Two years in a row for 30 Rock. Does this mean great ratings? (Probably not.)

10:54:
Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock.

10:53:
Mary Tyler Moore: attractive woman, really bad dress.

10:50:
...and the Emmy goes to Jeff Probst (Survivor).

10:45:
Outstanding Host, Reality Show is...after this commercial. Kimmel is becoming the MVP of award shows and specials.

10:41:
Outstanding Lead Actress, Comedy: Tina Fey (30 Rock).

10:38:
Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)!

10:36:
The Fey/Scorcese American Express ad is great...but not when you see it 30 times in one night.

10:34:
In case you're wondering, I still haven't eaten anything yet.

10:32:
Impressed they're including some producers and other behind the scenes folks.

10:30:
Ah, the annual "In Memoriam." The time of the show we try to figure out who they'll leave out.

10:28: Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama: Glenn Close (Damages).

10:26: Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock). Has he always been lead? I thought he was supporting at one point.

Emmys 2008 Red Carpet Photos

    Actress Kathy Griffin arrives at the 60th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Ryan Seacrest arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Seacrest

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: A general view of the atmosphere at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: A general view of the atmosphere at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: A general view of the atmosphere at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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    Actress Holland Taylor attends the 60th primetime Emmy awards outstanding performance nominees event at The Pacific Design Center on September 19, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.

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    Actress Sarah Silverman attends the 60th primetime Emmy awards outstanding performance nominees event at The Pacific Design Center on September 19, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.

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    Actress Sarah Silverman attends the 60th primetime Emmy awards outstanding performance nominees event at The Pacific Design Center on September 19, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.

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    Actress Sarah Silverman attends the 60th primetime Emmy awards outstanding performance nominees event at The Pacific Design Center on September 19, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.

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    Actress Sandra Oh attends the 60th primetime Emmy awards outstanding performance nominees event at The Pacific Design Center on September 19, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.

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10:23:
Outstanding Lead Actor, Miniseries/Movie: Paul Giamatti (John Adams)

10:15: Outstanding Writing, Drama: Matthew Weiner (Mad Men).

10:14:
Outstanding Director, Drama: Greg Yaitanes.

10:13:
Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama: Glynn Thurman (In Treatment) and Cynthia Nixon (Law and Order: SVU).

10:10:
Individual Achievement in a Variety or Musical Program: Don Rickles.

10:08: Another bit cut, thanks to Howie Mandel?

10:06: Don't forget more Emmys on AOL TV, including pictures and interviews with the stars.

10:05:
Outstanding Miniseries: John Adams (duh).

10:00:
Outstanding Reality Competition Show: The Amazing Race (for the sixth time).

10.00:
Looks like the rest of the blog is going to be in bold for some bizarre blog reason.

9:56:
Outstanding Supporting Actress, Miniseries/Movie: Eileen Andrews (Masterpiece Theatre).

9:50:
Ellus cut off with the phrase "They Use Words..."

9:47:
Outstanding Writing, Miniseries/Movie, or Dramatic Special: Kirk Ellus (John Adams).

9:46: Outstanding Direction, Miniseries/Movie, or Dramatic Special: Jay Roach (Recount).

9:44: Supporting Actor, Miniseries/Movie, or Special: Tom Wilkison wins for John Adams.

9:42:
For a second there I thought they were going to have a Dragnet reunion. Though that would have been better than Probst in a private eye office (um, Joe Friday wasn't a private eye).

9:39:
I have to get up to walk around a bit. BRB.

9:37:
Outstanding Made For TV Movie: Recount.

9:34:
"We are dedicated to bringing you a year of television...unless there's a actors strike."

9:32:
The West Wing: that's the worst recreation of a show set I've seen since...well, the Seinfeld set from eariler in the show.

9:25:
Outstanding Writing, Comedy: Tina Fey (30 Rock).

9:23:
"Love TV, Fear the Internet." That could never be the slogan of TV Squad.

9:22:
Oustanding Direction, Comedy: Barry Sonnenfeld (Pushing Daisies).

9:21:
Kathyrn Joosten! Sounding irritated they cut her bit.

9:20:
Heidi Klum just called David Boreanaz's show The Bones.

9:18:
Outstanding Comedy, Musical, or Variety: The Daily Show.

9:16:
I think 47% of the audience watching this has no idea what's going on with this Laugh-In bit.

9:14:
Um, is that Gary Owens? Doesn't seem like he's aged since 1968.

9:08:
Oustanding Lead Actress, Minseries/Movie: Laura Linney (John Adams).

9:03:
Huh. I didn't realize Josh Groban could pull something like this off.

8:58:
Is that a Laugh-In reunion coming up? Aren't the hosts dead?

8:49:
Don't forget more Emmys on AOL TV.

8:46:
Oustanding Writing, Variety, Musical, or Comedy: The Colbert Report.

8:45:
Just realized it's "Outstanding" not "Best" in these awards.

8:43:
Best Supporting Actress, Drama: Dianne Wiest (In Treatment).

8:42:
Oooooo, dig at Katherine Heigl by Conan.

8:35:
Directing, Variety, Musical, or Comedy: Louis J. Horvitz, 80th Annual Academy Awards. He's directing right now.

8:29:
Best Supporting Actor, Drama: Zeljko Ivanek (Damages)! I think a lot of people just lost their Emmy pools. I would have loved to see John Slattery win, but also great to see a veteran guy like Ivanek get it.

8:27:
God, these hosts are truly, truly bad together.

8:26:
I'm going to have to try to squeeze in dinner here at some point. When's the big dance number?

8:22:
I've been told by one of our alert viewers that it was Rock 'n Roll Jeopardy that Probst hosted. I stand corrected. Maybe this show didn't have plumbing?

8:20:
Best Supporting Actress, Comedy: Jean Smart (Samantha Who?)

8:18:
Wow, uncanny recreation of the Seinfeld set. I feel like I'm, um, really at Monk's. Cough.

8:13:
Excellent commercial for Macy's, with clips from classic TV shows and movies. Nice.

8:12:
First Award - Best Supporting Actor, Comedy: Jeremy Piven (Entourage)! Not sure if he deserves it this year, but awesome joke about the opening!

8:10:
Yeah, that has to be up there on the list of worst Emmy openings ever. Snow White at the Oscars bad.

8:08:
"Probst has never hosted a show that has indoor plumbing." Actually, he hosted Celebrity Jeopardy years ago, which was done in a studio that I'm going to assume had restrooms.

8:07:
The five hosts keep saying "it's not a bit" that they don't have anything planned or on the teleprompter. But isn't that a bit itself?

8:06:
First political joke, from Howie. Still not funny.

8:05:
Oprah opens the show. Bad joke from Seacrest. No laughs yet.

7:56:
Almost time for the switch over to ABC...

7:45:
Bryan Cranston looks like he's made up for the Terry O'Quinn Lookalike Contest.

7:42:
Don't forget more Emmys on AOL TV.

7:37:
Brad Garrett just said he met his date at Sarah Palin's vibrator party. Um, wow. (Also a good name for a band.)

7:34:
The dress color this year seems to be bright yellow.

7:26:
This guy doing the Glamastrator: what color is his hair, exactly? Grey? White? Lavender?

7:24:
Hey, it's Sarah Paulson! Now I can mention Studio 60!

7:22:
Waaaay too much make-up on Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

7:21:
Jeremy Piven should either grow a whole beard or shave. Right now he looks like Homer Simpson when he doesn't shave.

7:18:
"I'm from Utah, we have Nordstrom's:" David Boreanaz's wife Jaime, forgetting who made her dress.

7:17:
Glenn Close always looks very...Glenn Close-ish, doesn't she?

7:11:
I'd much rather see Lisa Edelstein and Teri Hatcher interview each other rather than whats-her-name. Maybe then we wouldn't get questions like "What's your favorite body part?" (yes, actual question)

7:09:
I love when they ask celebs how they keep in shape. Just once I want someone to answer it by saying "Well, when millions of dollars hinges on the fact that you stay in shape it's quite a motivator."

7:07:
Kevin Dillon is the only Entourage guy wearing a tux. All the other guys are dressed exactly the same.

6:59:
Jennifer Love Hewitt says the set of Ghost Whisperer is haunted. Of course it is.

6:53:
Tina Fey thanks Seacrest for not mentioning Sarah Palin...and now they're talking about Sarah Palin.

6:52:
TV question I don't care about at all and I wish they'd stop talking about: Will Britney come back to HIMYM?

6:50:
OMG! McSteamy is at the McEmmys!

6:48:
"The last thing anyone wants to hear is me and Jon [Stewart] talk about politics." Ha!

6:47:
Wow, Stephen Colbert with his wife and daughter. That's great.

6:45:
Are Seacrest and Steve Carell actually talking about enlarged balls?

6:34:
E! also has a GlamCam? That's one "Glam" technology too many.

6:26:
Uh-oh: both Mariska Hargitay and Teri Hatcher are wearing bright yellow dresses. I'm sensing a catfight. Actually, hoping for a catfight.

6:23:
That's Jenna Fischer? She's too pretty to wear all that makeup.

6:20:
Long version of Fey/Scorcese American Express commercial. Longer isn't better.

6:19:
I'm not sure, but I suspect some of the actresses tonight have had plastic surgery.

6:16:
Hmmm, Kristen says that NBC isn't doing the Office spinoff this year after all, they're going to put more $$$ into The Office instead.

6:14:
Awww, Rainn Wilson brought his dad. It's almost as if he's acting like Dwight Schrute Goes To The Emmys.

6:09:
E! is calling Travis Barker a "reality star and Blink 182 drummer." Yeah, I'm sure he'll appreciate that order.

6:07:
First stupid question of the night - "What's the weirdest procedure you've ever done on Grey's Anatomy?" - Seacrest, to Sandra Oh

6:05:
E! has something called the Glamastrator, which is basically a Telestrator for gays.

6:02:
Heidi Klum is 9 feet tall.

6:01:
Ryan Seacrest is hosting E!'s red carpet coverage. What a shock.

6:00pm:
Hey everyone. Let's grab a drink and some snacks and get this Emmy live blog started. I'll be keeping track of the winners and the losers in all of the major categories, talk about the coverage on E! (red carpet from 6 to 8) and then the Emmys themselves (ABC, starting at 8). Head on over to AOL's Emmy coverage throughout the night for results, interviews, and behind the scenes goodies.

And I apologize for any typos thoughout the night. I'll go back and fix them as I go. Leave a comment below if you want to join in on the conversation.





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Pamela J.

TOO BAD SARAH PALIN DIDN'T ATTEND, SHE WOULD HAVE LIT UP THE RED CARPET, AND PUT ALL THOSE LIBERAL BITCH ACTRESSES TO SHAME!
MCCAIN/PALIN 08'

September 23 2008 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lemon Lyman

*coughs* The Wire! *coughs*

September 22 2008 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Courtney

Oh wow. You actually sat through the preshow, too. The show alone was hard enough (check out my comments: raked.wordpress.com). But I love the blunt and brutal commentary. Very...accurate!

September 22 2008 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R-Bro

OMG... worst... Emmys... ever. Thank god for Ricky Gervais.

September 22 2008 at 8:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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StillBash

Hear hear!

Hint: start watching an hour late and timeshift. You can easily skip over all of those f***ing reality TV presenters and just watch the stuff that's interesting and funny. It's easy to spot those.

Or read Ken Levine's blog a day later and watch the award-recording then. You'll know what to skip and don't have to flinch all the time.

I mean what can you expect of a show that opens with Oprah and where the red carpet is more interesting than the presenters?

If Jeff Probst would've hosted alone, I think this would've been funny. But of course they need to add all the other reality TV hosts because they way their audiences to tune in too. What a pile of cr*p.

September 22 2008 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Liz

Agreed... this was the worst Emmy's I have ever seen, with the exception of the Gervais bit.

September 22 2008 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lainiek

Kevin Connolly wasn't exactly the same. His tie was blue, to match his eyes. Too bad he didn't take off his shades. Can't wait for pics from the HBO After Party!

September 22 2008 at 6:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Howard

Most Americans want their democracy to be on a fair, balanced, and level playing
field. At tonight's Emmy awards we got to see another example of extreme bias coming out of Hollywood, by
bullies who dominate the media. The Emmys presented a continuous barrage of ONE SIDED attacks against
John McCain and Sarah Palin. The Lefty's are always crying about a Republican misuse of power ... while they
DOMINATE a free press, to bully and gang up on Sarah Palin. They slant the news, with no concern
for journalistic integrity, or objectivity. And since they monopolize the media, they deprive
McCain and Palin a platform in which to defend themselves and respond to their attacks.
There's a reason the Presidential election is so close ... It's because HALF of America are for McCain and Palin ...
NOT Obama and Biden, a fact which these self important snobs choose to ignore, while casting their vile disdain
on he other half of America. Perhaps the 60,000 people who greeted Governor Palin in Florida will remind
these pompous celebrities that there's another America outside of Hollywood ... An America made up of common folks who
built this great country. Even their fancy gowns, make-up, and professional lighting couldn't keep their lack of class and
lack of character from making these celebrities from looking small and unattractive tonight.

September 22 2008 at 3:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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StillBash

Hehe... most Americans.

Most Americans stay at home on voting day and watch Reality TV.

You should really try to point out where Reality TV is liberal biased. Because that's why we had 5 presenters this year who were unbearable to watch.

You couldn't be more wrong about TV and it speaks volumes that from your political standpoint you a) get it wrong, b) are disconnected from the topic you talk about and c) spew bile about others.

The funny thing is that as a result we have people like Bill Maher on TV, who get aggrevated about those stupid fat assed people who are too stupid to get up and vote and about the half of the people who get up and are too idiotic to understand what their elected officials are telling them when they are talking about tax cuts (for rich people) as well as wanting a president they can have a beer with.

Now we have a vice-presidential canditate they can not only have beer with but also hang a poster of on their bathroom doors. Congrats.

September 22 2008 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pete

Two mentions of George Carlin and not one for the late Don LaFontaine. Most of these shows wouldn't have any viewers if it weren't for his voice. That's BS...

September 22 2008 at 2:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carissa

OMG - what a thrilling tribute to reality shows! The worst presentation of any award show in years. THESE are the people that the viewing public tunes into every week. Good God. I'd rather sit through Uma/Oprah any day.

The red carpet was brilliant this year, because so many of the shows are shows I actually watch. Then....into the awards. Why the fake sets? Was there a point to them? If so, I couldn't figure it out. I liked Ricky Gervais/Steve Carrell and Josh Groban (who I had never even heard prior to tonight).

The only good thing about those crappy hosts was that so many presenters were pissed about their bits being cut, and let them know. Should anyone be surprised? Reality hosts are exactly like what Jimmy Kimmel did at the end of the show. Take a one sentence reaction and spread it out for 5 solid minutes while the audience chafes.

Ick.

September 22 2008 at 2:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JD

NPH was robbed. Again. Piven's overrated.

September 22 2008 at 1:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kris

Hey guys!
Look at this ceremony here http://tubedirect.net/index.php?q=Emmy-2008
Everything just at a height! Enjoy!

September 22 2008 at 1:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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