Emmys 2010 minute-by-minute live blog

jimmy-fallon-emmys-02-320.jpgThe 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards falls on the perfect day in Hollywood with sunny skies and moderate summer temperatures for optimal red carpet sauntering.

Jimmy Fallon -- sans Roots, alas -- will bring his wacky and musical brand of comedy and perhaps get help from guest presenters as host for TV's biggest night.

The awards could last three-plus hours, so if you need to switch over to "Mad Men" or "True Blood," we'll still be here to recap every buzzworthy or mundane highlight for you. (All times listed are Eastern.)

Let's begin:

8:00 p.m. -
This is Hanh Nguyen, on first shift for the Emmys live blog (typos and all). Jimmy Fallon does a "Glee"-centric fund raising skit for the Gleeks so they can atttend the Emmys. How are we feeling about Lea Michele and her bangs. They kiss up to Tina Fey and very clearly diss Kate Gosselin who offers her "Dancing With the Stars" uh, expertise. Jon Hamm gets coached by Betty White to "back that mother up." Uh oh, Fallon and Fey have been slushied by Jane Lynch in full Sue Sylvester mode. Hurley (Jorge Garcia), Joel McHale and "The Vampire Diaries'" Nina Dobrev join them inexplicably. It's a big tribute to The Boss. We can't keep up with all the cameos. Check with Rick Porter for his take on the opening number. We're digging the energy. Nicely done, Jimmy!

8:07 p.m. - Fallon, strumming a guitar, makes a good-hearted reference to Conan O'Brien's NBC debacle. "Too soon?" How can you dislike the Fallon? He brings on Amy Poehler. This is just too cute for words.

8:09 p.m. - Comedy supporting actor categories first with some risque clips. Some excellent contenders this year. Hamm and White are back. She's wearing turquoise, natch. They're making innuendoes, natch. And ... it's Eric Stonestreet from "Modern Family" who gets first honors. Very well deserved. Go, Cam! It's his first win. He's so psyched to hug Betty White. Aww, Jesse Tyler Ferguson is touchingly misty-eyed in the audience. Yay! Stonestreet -- possibly the coolest name ever -- thanks his parents. We're touched and rejoicing with a toast (not our first) for the night.

8:18 p.m. - Jimmy Fallon gives a shout out to all the Twitter contributors. Are you one? Sofia Vergara and Jim Parsons pair up to announce the next category, comedy writing. It's pretty cool 'cause the writers are all hilarious and self-deprecating about themselves. There's an Old Spice reference, which still isn't old. "We're on a horse." Steve Levitan scores for "Modern Family." Great theme music, BTW. He thanks on behalf of himself and Chris Lloyd their wives: "'Modern Family' is and always will be a love letter to you." Double aww!

8:23 p.m. - Stephen Colbert says "many of you ladies look lovely tonight" and then goes on to cite actors in drag. He's presenting the supporting comedy actress award. We know that Jane Lynch is the expected winner, right? And the Emmy goes to ... yeah, Sue Sylvester. The announcer says that economists credit Lynch with creating jobs in the polyester tracksuit industry. Lynch actually looks pretty good. Classic one-shoulder black (eggplant?) gown and talks about being Buddhist in spirit but not in practice. She's freakin' hilarious. She calls Ryan Murphy, "Lord and creator" and thanks the young cast "when I'm not seething with jealousy, I love you." She goes on to thank her wife and daughter.

8:27 p.m.
- We're getting an Amazon Kindle ad right now in LA. So weak. Must not buy e-Reader!

emmys-2010-jon-hamm-betty-white-320.jpg8:30 p.m. - Haha. In a "Community" promo, Betty White says she'll be on for the premiere of "Glee." Heh, she's actually a guest star on "Community," which has dissed "Glee" in the past.

8:31 p.m. - Matthew Perry (who'll be back this fall for "Mr. Sunshine") is teamed up with Lauren Graham to relate who won the guest actress and actor award (which was announced at the Creative Arts Emmys).

8:33 p.m. - So "Glee's" Ryan Murphy, in a slate blue jacket by Tom Ford, wins for comedy directing. He dedicates the award to his teachers "who taught me to sing and finger paint." Short and sweet.

8:35 p.m. - There's a cute "Modern Family" skit, in which "Family Guy's" Stewie gets adopted. Okay, scratch that. "Modern Family 3-D" takes advantage of Sofia Vergara's assets. George Clooney makes a hilarious cameo just being his debonair self. The culmination with Mitchell and Cam is note-perfect with the show's humor. They're celebrating the comedy series category.

8:38 p.m.
- OMG, we're in shock but so gratified that Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" wins for lead actor in a comedy. Even he's not prepared to win.  We were hoping, but dared not believe. Who's with us?

8:44 p.m. - Fallon calls Neil Patrick Harris "insecure" because he uses three names versus one (i.e. Rihanna, etc.). NPH then insinuates that Fallon is gay. Heh. See, NPH can rock the grey tux, but "Modern Family's" Ty Burrell needs help. It's all in the styling.

8:46 p.m. - Woo! Edie Falco, in a sadly ill-fitting black gown, wins for lead actress in a comedy. "This is the most ridiculous thing to happen at an awards show. I'm not funny!" Of all the people she thanks, Jimmy Fallon (for holding a guitar) and her grandma (who is starting a new chapter in life) are the best.

8:47 p.m
. - Stop the madness. Is this the Teen Choice Awards? Kim Kardashian just sang (a couple notes) with Fallon to introduce the reality categories.
 
8:49 p.m. - "Oh luscious mounds," Will Arnett begins his poem before Keri Russell stops him. "It's really dirty." They're starring in "Running Wilde" this coming fall. And whoa! No "Amazing Race" best reality show win this year. "Top Chef" gets it. Thank the Voltaggio Bros. for that!  Padma Lakshmi and her scar are up on stage. No one is prepared with a speech. Yes, the Magical Elves have cobbled together a victory and it is sweet.

8:54 p.m. - We're handing this over to Andrea Reiher now. Godspeed, Andrea!

8:57 p.m. - Thanks, Hanh!  Andrea here. We kick it off with the Year in Drama montage -- but for our money, the best was watching Julianna Margulies and Jimmy Fallon faux-slap each other.

9:00 p.m. - A shout-out for the Stand Up 2 Cancer special on Friday, Sept. 10. Be sure to tune in on your network of choice.

9:02 p.m. -- Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni from "Law & Order: SVU" award the Outstanding Writing in Drama Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy, "Mad Men."

aaron-paul.jpg9:04 p.m. -- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama goes to Aaron Paul for "Breaking Bad," in a bit of an upset. Many people thought one of the "Lost" fellows would win, but the cheer that went up in the theater when Paul won was quite large.

9:08 p.m. - Who was surprised to see Frisky's LSD-fueled cat romp commercial during the Emmys? Just us?

9:09 p.m. - More tweets from Fallon -- apparently Nathan Fillion is straight off the meat rack. We concur.

9:10 p.m. - Nathan Fillion and Emily Deschanel present the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama to Archie Panjabi, WOW! That is great, so she is so fantastic on that show. We were sure that Panjabi and Christine Baranski would cancel each other out. Well, done Archie.

9:13 p.m. - Now in Outstanding Actor in a Drama, Bryan Cranston in "Breaking Bad" wins in another upset. Michael C. Hall was considered a bit of a shoo-in after his great "Dexter" work in Season 4, plus the Golden Globe earlier this year.

9:15 p.m. - Are people as surprised as we are so far? Jane Lynch and Edie Falco were the only ones that we really saw coming. Parsons, Stonestreet, Paul, Cranston, Panjabi -- all surprises. Deserving, but surprising.

9:20 p.m. - John Lithgow and Ann-Margret last week during the Creative Arts Emmys. We wish they were presenting those during this telecast -- why didn't they? We would've gotten an acceptance speech from Betty White!  Bah.

9:22 p.m. -- The award for Directing in Drama to Steve Shill for "Dexter."

9:23 p.m. - We love how there is a countdown clock in the corner to George Clooney.

9:25 p.m. - The musical tribute to fallen shows is pretty hilarious. "24," "Law & Order" and "Lost" are honored using "Candle in the Wind," "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" and "Time of Your Life." Very cute and funny, particularly the pouring out of the Olde English.

9:31 p.m. - The Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama goes to ... Kyra Segwick? Wow. We suppose she has been nominated four times in a row without a win, but wow. That is a surprise and not in a good way like the other ones. If it can't be Connie Britton, we thought Julianna Margulies had it in the bag.

9:35 p.m.
- The Variety categories are up now and we are eagerly anticipating some Conan O'Brien shenanigans.

9:40 p.m. - The 63rd annual Tony Awards wins for writing, which is kinda weird. The Oscars were funnier than the Tonys, we thought.

9:47 p.m. - Ricky Gervais hilariously complains about the lack of alcohol, then gives out alcohol to the first couple rows. He then hands out Directing for Variety and the Emmy goes to Bucky Gunts for the Vancouver Opening Games, which is hilarious after Gervais jokes that he didn't think he could say "Bucky Gunts" on TV.

9:51 p.m. - Finally time for the Outstanding Variety Series. Unfortunately, "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" does not win. "The Daily Show" wins, which is great because that show rocks, but we wanted to see some Conan shenanigans.

9:58 p.m.
- And I'm done for the night! Thanks guys. Turning you over to Jethro!

10:00 p.m. - Thanks, A! And thanks to all the readers who are joining us for Emmy night! We live for nights like this one! The Bob Hope Humanitarian Award is being presented to silver fox, George Clooney! Julianna Margulies, his costar on ER and friend. Clooney is being honored for using the power of TV for such causes as Tsunami aid, Haiti, etc. Oh, and he gets a standing ovation from the crowd of his peers. He jokes that the standing O makes him feel like he's sick and he's the only one who doesn't know it. Clooney says that it's important that stars use their fame to get attention on these needy people in a time when bad behavior makes more headlines than good. That's an excellent point, don't you think?  

10:04 p.m. -  Next up, a montage of the great miniseries of TV followed by the award for Outsanding miniseries. "The Office's" John Krasinski and "Mad Men's" January Jones are presenting the Supporting actress in a miniseries or movie Emmy. John, oh my gosh, can't see his line! It's "And the nominees are..." Hah! And the Emmy goes to the talented Julia Ormand in her first nomination and first nomination. She wins for HBO's "Temple Grandin" about a young autistic woman, played by Claire Danes, who beats the odds.

Ormand says that when she got nominated, she told her mom that she was "emanated for a nemmy," she was so shocked and nervous. She also thanks HBO for believing in "a chick flick with bull's balls." I believe that's what she said after I got over the shock of hearing her say it!

10:14 p.m. - We're back from the commercial break and Claire Danes is up and I do think she looks gorgeous! She's presenting outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie. And it goes to David Strathairn, Danes' costar in "Temple Grandin," which she was tickled pink about! He dedicates his award to teachers, HBO and to those who research autism! AW! Temple Grandin is in the audience and just stood up! Love it.

10:17 p.m. - The mystery of Jewel at the Emmys is solved! She's singing a song she wrote for a friend of hers who passed from cancer along with the montage of TV professionals and actors we've lost. It's a beautiful song and it has been a tough year for losses in the industry such as Roy Disney, Soupy Sales, Peter Graves, John Forsythe Rue McClanahan, Dixie Carter, Lena Horne, Dennis Hopper and young stars lost tragically like Corey Haim, Andrew Koenig, Gary Coleman, and Brittany Murphy. RIP to all of them. Thank you, Jewel! That was lovely!

10:25 p.m. - Stars of upcoming shows, Maura Tierney of "The Whole Truth" and "The Event's" Blaire Underwood are giving out the award for outstanding writing for a miniseries or movie. And the award goes to Adam Mazer for "You Don't Know Jack," Is anyone else surprised "The Pacific" hasn't won any awards yet?

Then, we're on to actress in a movie or miniseries and it goes to CLAIRE DANES for "Temple Grandin"! Uh-mazing. It's her second nomination and first Emmy! She thanks HBO first. "Like for serious," she says. Hah hah. In the end, she thanks Temple herself, who stands once more, and commends her for her determination and bravery. As a fan of Claire's since high school and "My So Called Life," I'm thrilled for the Emmy win for her!

Commercial and they're teasing "True Blood" next! Waiting sucks!

10:34 p.m. - Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are on stage and it's their "bloody thrill" to presend the directing award for a miniseries or movie. What do you all think of Anna's dress, by the way? It's a Steve McQueen. Couldn't you tell?

And the award goes to Mick Jackson, of, you guessed it, "Temple Grandin"! First, he thanks Temple in the audience and says he tried to make the movie like her: Spunky and honest.

Next up, the "True Blood" crew gives the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie to... Al Pacino for "You Don't know Jack"! It's only his second Emmy win, but he's more a movie guy. His first was for "Angels in America." Pacino thanked Dr. Jack Kevorkian for helping him to get into his head and the make up and hair who helped transform him. Love that he thanked his kids for letting him do the role. When was the last time you thanked your kids for letting you go to work?

10:46 p.m. - Laurence Fishburne announces the winner for outstanding miniseries to, finally, "The Pacific." Tom Hanks, who co-produced the series, thanks HBO for allowing them to make it in a world where producing such a series doesn't always promise financial rewards. 

Fishburne then goes on to give the award to outstanding miniseries to, you guessed it, "Temple Grandin." Producer Emily Gerson Saines accepts the award for the team and she says that as a parent of an autistic child, she thanks Temple Grandin for her work and HBO for helping them make the project in what she says was a 10-year process. Wow.

10:50 p.m. - We're down to the big ones, folks! Jimmy Fallon introduces Tom Selleck, who he says is his real dad. I love that he gives him a big hug and says, "I knew you were real," which thoroughly confuses Selleck! First up, Outstanding Drama Series. I predicted that "Breaking Bad" would win, but "Mad Men" should. And guess what? It goes to "Mad Men" for the third time in a row! YES! It's good to be wrong and kind of right at the same time! Matthew Weiner accepts and his first thank you goes to his wife, who he says "weighs in on all the scripts." He says that he didn't even think they'd get through half their first season, but here they are getting their third award. I honestly believe that "Mad Men" is utterly perfect and I'm glad that there wasn't a backlash against it for having won two years in a row already.

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10:56 p.m. - It's time for outstanding comedy series. I want it to go to "Modern Family." And wow, it just did! YES! I can't believe it knocked "Glee" out and I'm sure their cult of fans are rioting in the streets. The choice was right on the money, though. Sorry, Gleeks!

Steven Levitan looks thoroughly amazed by the win and thankful. I love when he thanks the cast who reminds them "how much they hate writing every day." And then he thanks the writing team, who he and Chris Lloyd get the all the credit for their writing. To them, he says, "That's Hollywood." Love it. CONGRATS, MODERN FAMILY!!!

We'll see you at the after party at Betty White's house! On behalf of Hanh, Andrea and the whole Zap2it team, thank you for joining us when we know you have so many options. Or you could be out drinking or having relations with your spouse. TV loves you long time!

-- Signing off, Jethro Nededog


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