Emmy Countdown: TV World Prepares for Its Closeup

The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

BY: Derrik J. Lang

LOS ANGELES – The television world’s annual tribute to itself is set for Sunday night, going live to all U.S. time zones for the first time in recent memory. Having a totally live show means everything needs to work — the first time — so there’s plenty of last-minute prepping going on heading into the weekend. Maybe a few pre-parties, too. Here’s the latest:


A-LIST OF PRESENTERS: The Television Academy has released its final batch of presenters for Sunday night’s Primetime Emmy Awards, completing a parade of talent that is sure to keep the three-hour show glamorous, if nothing else. Included in the most recent stellar lineup are Claire Danes, Ted Danson, Tom Selleck, and Mariska Hargitay of ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ who is nominated this year for lead actress in a drama series.

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They join a list of previously announced presenters that includes Stephen Colbert, Edie Falco, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Jon Hamm, Neil Patrick Harris, January Jones, LL Cool J, John Lithgow, Ann-Margret, newlyweds Anna Paquin and Steven Moyer of “True Blood,” Eva Longoria Parker and of course Betty White.

The ceremony will be broadcast from the Nokia Theatre at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles beginning at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC.


PEEKING AT THE PROCESS: Like Sunday night’s main event, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys airing Friday also has its stars and trophies. But it will offer something more — a peek into how the TV industry works.

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“It’s really going to be a very entertaining show and people are going to learn a lot about television,” says producer Spike Jones Jr., who adds, Not in a PBS way, but from the “bosses,” or showrunners, who create and produce TV programs.

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The ceremony, held last weekend and airing 1-3 p.m. EDT Friday on the E! channel, teamed showrunners and stars from nominated series as presenters, including Ryan Murphy and Jane Lynch of “Glee” and Matthew Weiner and Christina Hendricks of ‘Mad Men.’

Jones promises fun from presenters such as Andy Samberg and Seth Meyer of ‘Saturday Night Live‘ and showrunner Marc Cherry and Vanessa Williams of ‘Desperate Housewives.’


STARRY, STARRY NIGHT: After winning (or losing) Emmys, 3,600 celebrities and other invitees will end the evening at the Governors Ball inside the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, just steps away from the Nokia Theatre. The behemoth 57,600-square-foot space has been transformed into a celestial heaven for Sunday’s galactic dinner party.

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“This is a very large room,” said designer Dwight Jackson. “It’s bigger than a football field.”

To turn the colossal hall into an intimate ballroom, the space has been surrounded by 50,000-square-feet of black drapery. Thousands of tiny mirror balls dangle from the ceiling around a giant disco ball encased in a glittering sun sculpture hung above the stage, while giant glowing spheres representing each sign of the zodiac circle the dance floor.

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