It's time! The Emmy Awards are this Sunday. As in two days from now. For the past two weeks we've been bringing you our thoughts on who we think SHOULD win each category and who WILL win each category, but now that the broadcast is actually upon us, we figured it might be time to provide you with some the logistics.
WHO? WHAT? WHERE? WHEN?
The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by three-time Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris and will air live on Sunday, September 22 at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific on CBS. According to Mr. Harris, there will not be a big opening number a la the Tony Awards and the last time he hosted the Emmys in 2009. But there's a rumor going around about a pre-taped opening segment similar to what the Oscars does.
Prior to the telecast, viewers can hang out on CBS.com for live-stream coverage from the red carpet, hosted by Entertainment Tonight correspondents Brooke Anderson and Rocsi Diaz. The "Who are you wearing?" third degree begins at 6:30pm Eastern/3:30pm Pacific. You will also be able to follow along with CBS's "social media reporter" for the evening, Criminal Minds’ Shemar Moore. Anything is better than E!'s Mani-Cam, right?
There are three hours of airtime to fill, roughly one billion awards to present, and generally, two people presenting each award. If my math is correct and I carry the 1, that means we're looking at a small horde of famous people reading cheesy dialogue from the teleprompter. Here's the full list:
Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Alec Baldwin, André Braugher, Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes, Jimmy Kimmel, Sofia Vergara, Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Diahann Carroll, Emily Deschanel, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Faris, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Amy Poehler, Kerry Washington, Malin Akerman, Stephen Amell, Connie Britton, Dan Bucatinsky, Emilia Clarke, Jimmy Fallon, Tim Gunn, Jon Hamm, Alyson Hannigan, Mark Harmon, LL Cool J, Mindy Kaling, Heidi Klum, Melissa Leo, Julianna Margulies, Dylan McDermott, Bob Newhart, Dean Norris, Jim Parsons, Carrie Preston, Cobie Smulders, and Blair Underwood.
THE SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
This year's ceremony will include several unique segments. Elton John will perform a tribute to Liberace, the subject of HBO's Emmy-nominated biopic Behind the Candelabra. It'll be the legendary entertainer's first-ever Emmys performance; I hope he also presents Rob Lowe's face with a special "Please Never Do That Again" award.
There will also be two 50th-anniversary milestone presentations, honoring the television coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Don Cheadle will lead that portion of the program, and afterward, Carrie Underwood will sing and honor the music of the era because she wasn't content to just host every country music awards telecast ever. BACK UP, UNDERWOOD, THIS IS NOT YOUR TURF.
Lastly, in addition to the regular "In Memoriam" montage that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences compiles every year and that makes us all pretend we're not crying into our wine glasses, there will be five individual "In Memoriam" tributes. Edie Falco will remember her Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini, who passed away in June; Michael J. Fox will pay tribute to late Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg; Jane Lynch will honor Glee's Cory Monteith, who died suddenly in July; Rob Reiner will present in remembrance of All in the Family cast member Jean Stapleton; and Robin Williams will speak in memory of his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters.
Meet us back here on Sunday! In addition to lots of booze, we'll have red-carpet photos, an updated-in-real-time winners' list, and running commentary on the broadcast. You can also follow along with our coverage on the Twitter, where we'll be hashtagging up a storm as we try to avoid Breaking Bad spoilers. Once the telecast is over and all the kids from Modern Family have gone out to get wasted and celebrate, keep an eye out for a photo recap by the one and only Price Peterson.