11:00 That’s a wrap
Thanks for following along. Check out Matthew Gilbert’s review of the show in tomorrow’s Globe. (And check out “Homeland.”)
10:55 Outstanding Comedy Series
How much love is in this room for presenter Michael J. Fox? He gets a lovely standing ovation. I guess they’re excited, like I am, that Marty McFly made it back in time.
And the winner is: “Modern Family”
Even the producers are not surprised and start playing off executive producer Steven Levitan to avoid overrun.
10:48 Outstanding Drama Series
And the winner is: “Homeland”
So “Mad Men” is stymied in its attempt to be the first show to win five in a row.
Producer Alex Gansa says he’s going to keep talking until he gets cut off. He congratulates the Showtime family on their first best series win.
10:45 Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
And the winner is: “Game Change.”
Producer Tom Hanks accepts the award. He has a funny little mustache for some reason. (A role?) He keeps it short and simple. The rush is on.
10:38 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Now we’re in a big hurry all of a sudden.
And the winner is: Kevin for “Hatfields & McCoys.” (I would’ve given it to Woody Harrelson). He thanks the movie community in Bucharest where the film was made. And now he’s talking about the Olympics for some reason and just kind of trails off.
10:36 Outstanding Directing for Miniseries or Movie
And the winner is: Jay Roach for “Game Change.”
Fun fact: He is married to Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles.
10:26 Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or Movie/Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
And the winner is: Danny Strong for “Game Change.” Okay, all you “Buffy” fans, how great is it that Jonathan just won an Emmy? (Or is this just happening in the world that Jonathan created?)
And the winner is: Julianne Moore for “Game Change.” She says she feels validated because Sarah Palin, whom she portrayed, gave her “a big thumbs down.”
10:18 Awwww, Opie.
Ron Howard comes out to memorialize the late Andy Griffith and introduce the “In Memoriam” segment. “Dang if he didn’t make it look powerful easy,” he says in tribute to his TV dad. And the roll call begins with Marvin Hamlisch. Tough year, so many lovable names: Davy Jones, Richard Dawson, Sherman Hemsley, Phyllis Diller, Michael Clarke Duncan, Lupe Ontiveros, Ron Palillo & Robert Hegyes, Patrice O’Neal, Tony Scott, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Morgan, and Dick Clark among many, many others. The audience was clearly instructed not to clap to avoid the “applause-o-meter” popularity contest. Let the outcry over who was left out begin.
10:15 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
And the winner is: Tom Berenger for “Hatfields & McCoys.” Now this is a surprise. Usually the Emmys can’t resist a movie star like Ed Harris in “Game Change.” Berenger has been a great journeyman actor from “The Big Chill” to “Someone To Watch Over Me” to “Inception” to this series in which he was fun and irascible.
10:12 “How’s everybody doing?”
Random commercial break thoughts: Jimmy keeps asking the audience this when they come back from break and the response seems pretty muted. He’s not tanking and the show hasn’t been a train wreck it’s just been ultra-mild. Aside from Jon Stewart’s speech and the “Homeland” wins, it’s also been, as Stewart said, very predictable.
10:07 Oustanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
And the winner is: Jessica Lange for “American Horror Story.” She is one of the few cast members returning to the show next season, which will be set in a sanitarium in New England. (She will be playing a different character.) In her speech she says creator Ryan Murphy made her more promises than any man she’s ever met and he kept them.
10:05 Minseries and Movies
After Jimmy does a bit where he kicks his parents out of the theatre, blaming them for building up his hopes as a child that he could do anything...except win an Emmy. They are good sports and chuckle all the way out. Now we move on to Minis and Movies. (Or shows masquerading as Minis like “American Horror Story.”)
9:55 Outstanding Variety Series
And the winner is: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
Again. This is the show’s tenth consecutive win. Fellow nominees Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert jokingly tackle Stewart and try to keep him from the taking the stage. He is breathless when he takes the stage and says he’s not in the right shape to do a bit like that. He then jokes that they were promised they’d get a free sandwich with ten wins. He thanks his fellow nominees graciously. He says years from now when the earth is just a burning husk, the aliens will visit and find the show’s box of Emmys and know “just how predictable these [expletive] things have been.” Perfect. (He’s still taking the award though.)
9:51 Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
Presenter Ricky Gervais: “It’s so much better than the Golden Globes isn’t it?” He goofs on Louis C.K. being nominated again and says “if he wins this he’s a better comedian than me.” In the audience Louie jokingly nods.
And the winner is: Glenn Weiss for the “65th Annual Tony Awards” who is in the truck helping to direct this telecast.
9:42 Outstanding Writing for a Variety,Music or Comedy Special
Aziz Ansari does a bit pretending he’s British and gets a laugh from Clive Owen in the audience.
And the winner is: Louis C.K. for “Live at the Beacon Theatre." “I wanted another one, so thanks,” he says. He thanks audiences for continuing to support live comedy.
9:36 Outstanding Actress in a Drama
And the winner is: Claire Danes for “Homeland.” Again, I say, exceptional. She has been terrific since “My So-Called Life” but this is a great vehicle for her. “Mandy Patinkin, holla!” she says, hilariously, to her co-star on the show. (Or maybe she said “challah”?)
9:28 Outstanding Actor in a Drama
And the winner is: Damian Lewis for “Homeland.” He calls himself “one of those pesky Brits.” He says he doesn’t really believe in judging art but thought he’d show up just in case. This was a remarkable category also including Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston, but Lewis was truly exceptional.
9:25 In Memoriam (but as a joke)
Jimmy says he wants to pay tribute to someone while he’s still alive: himself. We get a montage of his highlights from “The Man Show” to the White House Correspondents Dinner all set to Josh Groban doing a tender piano revision of One Direction’s “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful.”
9:23 Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama & Outstanding Director for a Drama
Giancarlo Esposito announces this one. I’m sad he lost in the Supporting Actor race but glad to see he made the stage.
And the winners were: Jeremy Davies and Martha Plimpton who present the Directing award.
And the winner is: Tim Van Patten for “Boardwalk Empire” who is not there.
9:17 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
And the winner is: Dame Maggie Smith for “Downton Abbey”... who isn’t there, which is too bad because she probably would’ve given a great speech.
9:15 Oustanding Writing for a Drama
And the winner is: Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa and Gideon Raff for “Homeland.” (Fun fact: I handed these guys their award at the Television Critics Association Awards in July for Outstanding Drama.)
9:12 Jimmy’s Prank
Jimmy Kimmel announces he wants to pull a prank on everyone not watching. He wants everyone who is watching to Tweet or post on FB: “Oh my God Tracy Morgan just passed out onstage at the Emmys, turn on ABC.” We’ll see what happens. Over in my Twitter feed (@GlobeRodman) people are taking the bait and posting it.
9:04 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
And the winner is: Aaron Paul for “Breaking Bad.” This was an incredibly tough category, but I’m glad to see Paul win. He is clearly very touched and thanks the writers for not killing off his character. (Even though it hasn’t been scintillating, I feel like the show is moving quickly at least.)
8:58 Outstanding Reality Show Host
Presenter Seth MacFarlane gives us a little Stewie to cover his gaffe of talking into the wrong microphone. He also gives us a Dunkleman shout out.
And the winner is: Tom Bergeron for “Dancing With the Stars.” This is a win I can get behind. He really does a remarkable job on a busy show with a lot of, literally, moving parts. He quips that he’s glad he won since fellow nominee Betty White always kicks his butt in their mixed martial arts class. He thanks Jeff Probst for not being nominated which helped. He thanks his family, “most of whom know who they are.” Great, short, funny speech. (No mention of “Evening Magazine” though.)
8:52 If the other competition shows really wanted to be competitive...
...they’d create some kind of “detour” when the Emmy ballots go out next year.
8:51 Outstanding Reality Competition
And the winner is: “The Amazing Race.” Seriously?
8:50 Reality Bites
We have moved on from comedy to the reality categories. If “The Amazing Race” wins again....
8:45 Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
And the winner is: Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep.” Matthew Gilbert called this one. Before she went onstage she hugged fellow nominee Amy Poehler and does a great bit where she starts reading Amy’s “thank you” speech and Poehler runs onstage with the right speech. She gives props to her fellow nominees. And then says she sees nothing funny about her being the Vice President of the United States. (If you’re not watching this show, she is truly fantastic on it.)
8:37 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
And the winner is: Jon Cryer for “Two and a Half Men.” Wow. This is his second win. Is this for his performance or his forebearance? “Something has clearly gone terribly wrong,” he says.
8:31 Outsanding Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy & Director for a Comedy
And the winners were: Jimmy Fallon and Kathy Bates. (These were already announced but it’s nice that they get to appear on the telecast.) Fallon and Bates announce the Directing winner: Steven Levitan of “Modern Family.” Clearly, it’s going to be another big night for “Modern Family.” Levitan jokingly thanks himself for hiring himself as a director when nobody else would.
8:23 Oustanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
And the winner is: Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” for the second year in a row. She calls it an embarrassment of riches. She gives a lovely shout-out to the often not thanked editors and repeatedly, her nipple covers.
8:20 Outstanding Writing in a Comedy
And the winner is: Louis C.K. (Or as we like to call him “Newton’s own.” Even though the announcer just mentioned that he was born in Washington D.C.) Friend, and fellow nominee and Bay Stater, Amy Poehler is happy for him.
8:12 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
And the winner is: Eric Stonestreet, who wins for a second time, and beats out three of his castmates Ty Burrell, Ed O’Neill, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, whom he sweetly singles out in his speech. He says he wants to share this with any actor who has an audition tomorrow in Santa Monica.
8:05 p.m. “Thanks to Philo T. Farnsworth we have Honey Boo Boo.”
Jimmy Kimmel starts the night with a light touch poking fun at the self-absorption of Hollywood, a few quick jabs at both Mitt Romney and President Obama, and needles the broadcast networks for losing out in the nominations race to pay and basic cable. He says the Emmy academy is clearly sending the broadcast nets a message “and that message is show us your boobs.”
And we’re off. Zooey Deschanel, Connie Britton, Lena Dunham, Kathy Bates, Mindy Kaling, Christina Hendricks, and Martha Plimpton try to coax Jimmy Kimmel out of the ladies room because he’s scared to host and got bad Botox. He says he hates his face. They offer to “punch it back in” for him and each takes a swing until he looks normal. The best bit? When the five reality hosts who did an abysmal job a few years back offer to host in his place.
7:45 “Could it be hotter?”
This is why I don’t watch a lot of this pre-show stuff. Chris Harrison just asked Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” about the weather.
7:30 p.m. The 64th Primetime Emmys
“The night is dark and full of terrors.”
Oops, I mean it’s time for the Emmy awards! The night we celebrate all things TV. Or at least all things recognized as outstanding by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and which debuted between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012. Who are you rooting for? Will “Mad Men” five-peat? Will “Downton Abbey” clean up? Will “Modern Family” continue to dominate? Will Jimmy Kimmel make endless Honey Boo Boo jokes? We will soon find out.Sarah Rodman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeRodman.