Tuesday, August 26, 2014
PRIMETIME EMMYS 2014: The View from Backstage
OK, so it wasn't the most exciting Emmy Awards telecast ever. "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" duplicated last year's drama and comedy wins. Most of the other winners were also repeat winners. But Seth Meyers' monologue was solid, Billy Crystal's tribute to Robin Williams touching, and Billy Eichner a highlight. I talked to "Late Night with Seth Meyers" executive producer Mike Shoemaker, who also produced this year's Emmycast, to get some backstory on the show -- read all about it here.
And some snapshots from backstage, where I once again watched the show from the Emmy press room:
Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus tells the crowd how she and Bryan Cranston came up with a bit for this year's telecast.
"The Colbert Report" wins for outstanding variety series again. Next year, Stephen's new show could be competing against his old one.
Louis C.K. tells us how he got to meet and later become friends with the late Robin Williams (who appeared in an episode of "Louie").
Jessica Lange, a winner for "American Horror Story: Coven."
Emmy winner Sarah Silverman tells the press she's not stoned. And that she's enjoying her work on "Masters of Sex," helped by the fact that she's "f--ing the star" (Michael Sheen).
A year after not getting a nomination, Juliana Margulies wins the Outstanding drama actress Emmy.
Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield and the rest of the "Fargo" producers celebrate their Outstanding Miniseries win.
Rivals "Entertainment Tonight" and "Access Hollywood" sit right next to each other in the entertainment TV magazine row backstage.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live's" Guillermo could be seen walking around the press room all night.
Outside the L.A. Live area, bicyclists who made the trek to the Emmys gather.
One more shot of the bikes.
"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet participates in an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video on the street behind the Nokia. First, the setup.
Then, the ice water pour!
And finally, the chilly aftermath.