The 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards falls on the perfect day in Hollywood with sunny skies and moderate summer temperatures for optimal red carpet sauntering.
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.)
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!
8:30 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.”
9:04 p.m. — Outstanding S
upporting 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!