Starting at 5pm West Coast time Sunday–that’s tonight!–we’ll be live blogging Emmys, with a bowl of popcorn, a case of Perrier (water, not Jouët), and of course chocolate. The Emmys are broadcast live on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting. And Elton John will be opening the show as a tribute to Liberace. I sense the Russian government refusing to issue his visa to perform in 3…2…1!
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be presenting together, along with Zooey and Emily Deschanel. Diahann Carroll, who broke the color barrier in 1968 with Julia, the first television show to star an African-American in a non-stereotypical role. Carroll played the title role on Julia, a widowed mom who worked as nurse. Kerry Washington is nominated as Best Lead Actress in a Drama for her role in Scandal as crisis manager Olivia Pope. She is the first African-American woman to star as the lead character in a network drama series in 39 years–first and last was Theresa Graves in Get Christie Love! which was awesome. I loved it–she wore hot pants, halter tops and a natural ‘do. (Cicely Tyson, nominated in the category in 1995 for the drama Sweet Justice, was a main character not the lead; she lost to Kathy Bates for Picket Fences).
A special In Memoriam segment will be held for actors James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and producer David Goldberg. The Cory Monteith segment has some up in arms (including Jack Klugman’s son) because Monteith (Glee) was not as well known and did not leave as lasting legacy as Klugman (Quincy, The Odd Couple) or Hagman (the groundbreaking I Dream of Jeannie and of course as J.R. “It Was All a Dream” Ewing on Dallas). The Klugman camp has a point. And besides, Lisa Robin Kelly was robbed, robbed I tell you!
The countdown begins at 2pm PT on E! and will go live 2pm on E!Online. Live coverage of arrivals will also be on both outlets, and I’ll have E! on at 3pm PT if you want to swap groans and gasps over outfits!
Then just minutes before the 5pm West Coast live broadcast begins, we start our live blogging on FDL’s front page. See you there!