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August 29, 2010

7:05
P.M.

Emmy Awards 2010 -- Live analysis

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About the host

Lisa de Moraes

Pulitzer Prize winner, Peabody recipient, Medal of Freedom honoree -- Lisa de Moraes is none of these, but she is an authority on the bad direction, over-acting, and muddled plot lines being played out in the TV industry's executive suites. de Moraes worked for a decade as the television editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment industry trade paper, where she was routinely on the receiving end of more shouting phone calls from TV suits than Paula Abdul's manager.

When she upgraded to The Washington Post in 1998, a well-known executive producer called to suggest she have someone else start her car, but her trenchant writing (and refusal to use words like "trenchant") earned her the following praise from the brilliant, handsome media observer at Slate: "She writes like a wicked bitch." Wikipedia has called her "a noted television columnist," but they're often unreliable. It's pronounced "deh more ICE."

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Post TV columnist Lisa de Moraes discusses the Emmy Awards live as the stars come out and the winners are announced.

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Q.

I'd like to thank Pookie for fixing the Emmy broadcast delay!

I was one of those annoying west coast viewers who whined and griped about the Emmy's being delayed here. I shall never, ever question your power again. Can you make the networks replay their shows overnight (like the cable channels do) so my DVR can record all of my favorite shows, without my having to make tough choices? Thanks!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

You are welcome -- but, in the interest of full disclosure, most of the credit goes to the NFL, which has a contract with NBC to run games on Sundays starting next month, which caused this year's Emmycast to be moved to this ridiculously early date. Which coincided happily with the  TV Academy's contract with the network's coming up for renewal so the academy wants to goose the numbers on tonight's Emmycast as much as possible. So on the West Coast they're going to air it twice -- live in less than an hour, and then rerun it immediately after...

 

– August 29, 2010 7:03 PM
Q.

what channel are we watching?

Lisa - will you be commenting on the E! red carpet or the NBC red carpet? I want to make sure I watch the right one - so I can enjoy all the snark. Looking forward to spending the evening with you!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I am going to be watching the NBC red carpet but our Primetime Emmy Correspondent Emily Yahr is going to be watching E! so you can enjoy snark emanating from both networks!

– August 29, 2010 7:03 PM
Q.

Emmy Tweets

Through the Twitter-vine I've seen that John Hodgman will be commentating again and there is some sort of "surprise" from the Glee cast tonight.

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Having John Hodgman comment was a great idea poorly executed last year -- he speaks so softly and apparently the producers did not get that memo and many times you could not hear what he was saying, from where I was sitting watching it on a screen. I'm delighted to hear he's getting a second chance. Meanwhile, I don't think you could keep the "Glee" cast from performing even if you were armed with a stun gun.  I'm guessing the "surprise" is that they are going to perform -- which would be not much of a surprise, but a  lot of  fun.

– August 29, 2010 7:04 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

 

Billy Bush: "Can you just feel the ratings going up" as Betty White chats with him. Has anyone else had enough of Betty White?

 

The 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. hour of red carpet shows was bleak...first of all, E! took 20 minutes to get to any actual interviews, and instead just showed slow motion "Glam Cam" shots of stars from "The Hills," among other time-wasters.

Among the highlights on E!:

* For no apparent reason at all, Ryan Seacrest interviewed the stars for "Jersey Shore" -- who were shown on satellite feed, randomly sitting on a couch in the middle of a field outside -- and asked the following scintillating questions: "Who takes the longest to get ready?" "Snooki, you vowed to stop drinking during the day? How's that working out?" and finally "Any of you going to be on 'Dancing With the Stars'?"

* Giuliana Rancic starts whining that secrets on "Glee" are more closely-guarded than the Pentagon when Kevin McHale wouldn't give her spoilers about the premiere.

* Kathy Griffin has her mother, Maggie, read a prepared statement when Ryan brags that his "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" beat Kathy's show for Oustanding Reality Series at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys. The letter reads: ""Dear Ryan, it's Maggie Griffin here. Please give your Emmy back to my sweet daughter. You basically stole it from her. What does it feel like having the blood of America's sweetheart, Kathy Griffin, on your hands? You are evil, Ryan. Do you have a box of wine?""

* Seabiscuit's barely-masked annoyance when "Glee's" Mark Saling refuses to answer questions about whether his "Glee" co-star and, Naya Rivera, egged his car. Over on TV Guide...

* "The Bachelor" host Chris Harrison is talking to Jon Hamm. "Jonny, positive energy," Hamm's girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt chastises him when he says he's sitting so close to the stage so he can high-five Bryan Cranston when Cranston wins his third Emmy in a row.

* Kate Gosselin sneers at red carpet correspondent Tanika Ray when she's asked whether her kids are there. (For the record, they're at home.) She also gets all uppity when Ray asks what people's reactions are when they see Gosselin at the Emmys. (We're guessing it's "Why is Kate Gosselin at the Emmys?")

 

Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Jimmy Fallon just happens to stroll by Billy Bush while Tina Fey in split screen on the red carpet -- this is NBC at its very worst/finest...

Q.

Jane Lynch

I thought Jane Lynch looked pretty great. (Full disclosure, I'm watching the red carpet with the sound off. I just can't handle Billy Bush.)
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

You are so smart... really, all you're missing is people talking about who they are wearing and naming their makeup artists... it's like watching home shopping network....

– August 29, 2010 7:10 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

" Look at you two strapless women!" Billy Bush says to Glenn Close and his daughter.  And now Billy Bush is quoting a long-dead NBC executives....didn't he already get his promotion on his NBC Universal show?

Q.

Billy Bush sucks

What will it take to get him whacked?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

He just got a second NBC Universal show..I think you'd have to find very intesting photos

– August 29, 2010 7:12 PM
Q.

Glenn Close

I hope that dress looks better in person than it does on TV. It is awful.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I'm holding off on a decision until I see it full length. I only got the closeup version...

– August 29, 2010 7:13 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Emily report from E!: Ryan shows Christina Hendricks her "Mad Men" barbie doll and asks if she had any input. Hendricks says she put her two cents in. Cue Seacrest: "I think we can see your two cents...it's more than two cents," he says as the camera zooms in on Hendricks's chest. Stay classy E!

Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Kate Gosselin, America's Most Put Upon Mom, whines to Billy Bush that she looks so fabulous because she has to run every day because she is stressed out. She apparently did not get the memo about how it's okay to not come to the Emmys in character.

Best line of the night so far: Billy Bush saying: "Why am I always holding something bejeweled?"

 

Q.

Really? CGI owl movie?

Even scarier than Bush's glitter peacock mic
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

That was what Eva Longoria said too!  Which prompted his greatest line of the night so far...

– August 29, 2010 7:20 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Wow! "Glee's" Matthew Morrison appears to have contracted an early case of Sophomore Season Arrogance:  Neil Patrick Harris crashed Seacrest's interview with Morrison: "Just want to say 'you're welcome' for that Emmy," Morrison tells NPH.

Q.

Conan

Am I wrong about this?

1. Conan gave NBC an ultimatum that resulted in Leno's forced retirement the first time.

2. Conan had a number of months before Leno's 10 p.m. show debuted to get his audience building.

3. Conan was offered the Tonight Show, but at midnight. He turned it down himself and was not fired.

4. Conan then proceeds to have no problem knocking George Lopez to midnight so he can have a show.

For these reasons I am not particularly rooting for Conan tonight. I don't like or watch Lopez or Leno, it's just that Conan seems like he's throwing an endless snit over something he was more than willing to do to others.

Talk me out of it.

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

And yet, if he wins, Conan will be extremely amusing and I'm all about me on Trophy Show nights. I want to be entertained.

– August 29, 2010 7:25 PM
Q.

Kate Gosselin

Could we marry her off to Billy Bush and then they would both go away. Who do you like the most?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

"Dancing with the Stars's"  Carrie Ann Inaba teases about next season, "From what I hear casting is pretty crazy" this fall. Of course the hot rumor is that Bristol Palin has been cast.

On a totally un-related subject, can someone explain why this red carpet show keeps asking celebrity women what their bathroom floor looks like? Is that some new fetish I don't know about.

 

– August 29, 2010 7:29 PM
Q.

January Jones looks frightening

That is all.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Well put...

– August 29, 2010 7:30 PM
Q.

Paul Williams :

If anyone needs it, here's the live stream of the NBC red carpet: http://bit.ly/bd3w8S

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

thanks!

– August 29, 2010 7:30 PM
Q.

tried, failed...

I turned on NBC and only managed to keep it on for about 20 seconds. I tried so that I'd have more of the chat experience, but you're describing things well enough anyway. So how are you managing to watch with the sound on?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I scream during the commercial breaks. Oh, and I'm having a nervous breakdown..

– August 29, 2010 7:31 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Just when you thought Tina Fey could not pick a designer dress that was less attractive on her than all the other wildly wrong dresses she's worn to trophy shows over the years, she wears a number that looks like a doily....

Q.

Emmy dresses

Pookie -- is it just me, or are the white dresses extra-trampy:?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

They are! Is white the new "trampy" this season?

– August 29, 2010 7:32 PM
Q.

Seacrest has got to go.

Why oh why is Seacrest still being inflicted upon us? I'd rather listen to Kathy Griffin curse for an hour than hear him snarking about Christina Hendrick's chest. We get it Ryan, your scared of them.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

lol....that is all

– August 29, 2010 7:33 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

E! is way ahead of Billy Bush on NBC in the What Were They Thinking race:

Emily reports that Giuliana Rancic just asked Julia Louis-Dreyfus about how it feels to be nominated for a show that's been canceled. Julia Louis-Dreyfus answers smoothly and adds the show starts in syndication in September, so "Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!"

Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Morrison has moved from E! to NBC's red carpet show which has been turned into the final episode of "American Idol," complete with a remote of screaming students from Morrison's high school....

Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Love that Wanda Sykes is nicking all the celebs who are wearing freebie gowns, tuxes and jewelry. She bought her dress and said the rest of the attendees should "spend some money" to help the economy. Yes, her dress is hideous, but props to her ...

Q.

Giuliana

At the Oscars earlier this year, Giuliana Rancic literally chased George Clooney down the red carpet screeching his name. Will she do that again this year at the Emmys? Or is there a restraining order?

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Golly, I hope so. Emily, are you listening?

– August 29, 2010 7:44 PM
Q.

Kyra Sedgwick

Lover her dress-she looks great.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Missed it! Details please? Was it an insipid pink, or did she go sophisticated this year?

– August 29, 2010 7:46 PM
Q.

Glee

Is it possible to spontaneously combust from smugness? If so, the people from Glee might want to buy some extra insurance.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

It's strange because this always happens to actors on shows in their sophomore season. They're like prematurely smug....

– August 29, 2010 7:47 PM
Q.

DVR comes through

I just rewound my DVR to try to catch the Tina Fey/Jimmy Fallon moment, and I caught Chris Colfer. I'm not really listening to what he's saying, but he looks great.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

He's adorable...

– August 29, 2010 7:48 PM
Q.

Matthew Morrison

OMG now Bush is doing "This Is Your Life" with Matthew Morrison!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

How strange/tedious was that?.....

– August 29, 2010 7:49 PM
Q.

Glee

Is Glee on NBC?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

No, but you'd think so. Or, NBC thinks all the "Glee" material will goose the ratings on this trophy show. I'm guessing the latter...

– August 29, 2010 7:49 PM
Q.

Matthew Morrison

Genuinely touched just then because of teenagers screaming for him, or not? I vote real, but you may be more cynical than I am with regards to actors.

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Yes, there is no one more cynical. Oh look, here is Leah Michele getting a cupcake in a jar. She just called it The Most ghetto birthday cake she's ever had.. Now Billy's talking about her dress. Every time Bush starts talking about what the women are wearing, the camera starts panning up and down her body, up VERY close. It's even more cheesetastic than CBS's "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" Heinie Cam... Now that you all have seen Lea Michele as half the person she once was, please weigh in -- so to speak. My brilliant producer Paul has pronounced her "hot."

– August 29, 2010 7:53 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Emily checking in: No Giuliana/Clooney sighting yet...But on TV Guide, Tanika Ray grilled Alexander Skarsgard about the Rolling Stone cover where he appears with his "True Blood" co-stars Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, all naked and covered in blood. "Stephen and Anna are married, so was that awkward for you?" she asks. Skarsgard looks uncomfortable. "Uh, they weren't married then..."

I love live TV.

 

Q.

Kyra

Wine colored showed off her shape and her coloring.

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

excellent!

– August 29, 2010 7:55 PM
Q.

Lea Michelle

Did she lose half her body weight during the hiatus? Eat that cupcake, girl!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Yes. Saw her at some event while I was in Los Angeles and literally did not recognize her.

– August 29, 2010 7:56 PM
Q.

I love Glee

But I'm now sick of the first four bars of "Don't Stop Believin' "

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

It will be ruined for us all by the end of this season.

– August 29, 2010 7:57 PM
Q.

Lea Michele

Coming off as nice, and non-smug. In a pretty dress.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Very nice -- and gorgeous dress... But Jane Lynch wins for Cleans Up Great

– August 29, 2010 7:59 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

On E!, Ryan Seacrest/Paula Abdul reunion! She says she misses "Idol" because it was her family. Apparently she's changed her phone since then and forgot to tell her family, because as they cut to commercial break, Seacrest starts asking for her new number. Yikes...

Q.

Emmy Memories

Thirty years ago at the Emmys there was a strike, honored by the actors, which meant few nominees showed up.

Steve Allen agreed to host and came up with one of the best lines ever: "Welcome to the 32nd annual Emmy Awards. We call it thirty-second because that's about how long it will last - 30 seconds!"

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Steve allen great

– August 29, 2010 8:01 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Loving this opening ....

Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

That was one of the best Emmy openings ever...and pretty big of NBC to have someone from "Project Runway" in the opening act after the show bailed on NBC's Bravo network for Lifetime...

Q.

That whirring noise in the background?

I think it's Springsteen, spinning in his grave. He's not? Well, watching this will put him there.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I,  on th eother hand, liked it. Yes, it was cheesy, but it's the Emmys... Ooh, Fallon cracked a Conan joke and Conan's in the room. "Too soon?" Fallon says.  Fallon's off to a great start.

– August 29, 2010 8:08 PM
Q.

She Already Called Me Pookie

This is basically a Glee war skit Fallon did on his own show many months ago. I wondered why they put so much energy into that. Jorge can move though. How much did they have to spend to get the Boss to sign off on this?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Drat -- a rerun...and we're only 2 minutes into the show.

– August 29, 2010 8:10 PM
Q.

Fallon is bombing

What is he thinking
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

..um mabye that it worked the first time he did it?

– August 29, 2010 8:11 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

How happy am I? Eric Stonestreet was the one win I really wanted to see tonight.  I'm officially declaring this night a success.  And good for him for raving,  "I get to work with Ed O'Neill  every day" - O'Neill being the only adult cast member on the show not nominated.

Q.

Opening

Awesome!!! Laughed out loud! I didn't expect Jimmy to be this good! More exclamation points!!!!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

okay. I get it... I'm extremely overcaffeinated.. I'll have a drink, that will help...

– August 29, 2010 8:16 PM
Q.

Opening

Dang! Fantastic opening!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Yes, and in my defense, my brilliant producer, Paul, says we did not get a single question during the opening bit which says people were "into it." So at least I'm not alone. I feel better now.. However, I'm still having that drink.

– August 29, 2010 8:18 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Okay, is it okay for me to love John Hodgman? So long as I promise not to use any exclamation points?

Q.

I can't believe I haven't asked yet but.

Drinking games? Conan/Tonight Show jokes should be on the list, for one.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Done -- and I've already started...

– August 29, 2010 8:19 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

"Modern Family" second win of the nights -- two categories in. Take that, "Glee"...FYI, Steve Levitan's comment,  "I want to thank Steve McPherson and everyone still at ABC" is a reference to the head of programming at the network who suddenly resigned a few weeks ago.

Q.

Drinking game?

Shots of bad dresses? I'm looking at you, January Jones!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Another great game... and we're about to see them..

– August 29, 2010 8:24 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

"Glee's" first win and Lynche's first Emmy win.. So far this is a good night for broadcast TV which is exactly what the TV academy was hoping for....

Q.

Happy on the West Coast

Pookie ~ Glad that the West Coast is (finally) getting to enjoy the snark and chat live. And, boy, thanks to it being only a bit after 5, we've got the wine flowing early!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

another reason to keep the show live across the U.S.

– August 29, 2010 8:26 PM
Q.

Re: The Opening

I squealed throughout the entire thing. Love Jon Hamm so much. And I also love John Hodgman.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

so i'm not alone... it's good to feel not alone...

– August 29, 2010 8:27 PM
Q.

Kate, Kate, Kate!

Why is Kate Gosslin there? In other news I'm so glad "Modern Family" is winning.

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Comic relief? Tina Fey was taking herself too seriously? I give up -- why is Kate Gosselin there?

– August 29, 2010 8:28 PM
Q.

Sofia Vergara

Is she turning into Charo? (Not a good thing, if she is.)
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

She could stand to take it down a notch...

– August 29, 2010 8:28 PM
Q.

Opening song

I LOVED it! I'm a Springsteen fan, but I liked how it all went together...like Randy Jackson playing Clarence Clemmons. And John Hamm was so NOT Don Draper tonight (oh, and liked his quip at the beginning about if he'd purchased the ring his girlfriend was wearing "...let me remind you that I'm on a CABLE channel...")
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

It's like I have my own support group. And, apparently a lot of us are not watching Fallon's show nearly often enough. But, like NBC said years ago of its primetime reruns, if you didn't see it the first time, It's New To You...

– August 29, 2010 8:30 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

"Glee" Ryan Murphy's first Emmy win and "Glee's" second of the night..Murphy says "I'm so shocked" and then begins ticking off names of executives and even thanks someone for the tux. . but he saves it by dedicating his win to the arts teachers who " taught me to sing and fingerpaint. "

Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

First big upset of the night: Jim Parsons  beating Baldwin, Carrel and, most important, Matthew Morrison, among others, to take the Emmy for best lead actor in a comedy series.

Q.

Jim Parsons

You said he had no chance! Boy, were you wrong! And aren't you happy you were?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Very happy to be so wrong..

– August 29, 2010 8:40 PM
Q.

JIm Parsons

Fantastic.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Yes -- between that and Clooney on the taped bit, twitter is about to explode.. .

– August 29, 2010 8:40 PM
Q.

Cam AND Sheldon WIN!

My night is made!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I'm still too caffeinated, but I too think this show is going well....and then, Betty White shows up in an ad for a new movie and I'm feeling less wonderful. When does this madness end?

– August 29, 2010 8:41 PM
Q.

George Clooney

Awesome.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

yes, pretty great gag..

– August 29, 2010 8:42 PM
Q.

CLOONEY

Oh, my goodness, I laughed so hard I almost choked. And I have no doubt that all the actors enjoyed snuggling with him.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

and he seemed to be enjoying it too. Clooney is having fun slumming back at the Emmys..

– August 29, 2010 8:42 PM
Q.

AAAAAHHHH!

What is going on? Everybody I want to win is - Eric Stonestreet, Jane Lynch (who has deserved it for years for her guest shots) and now Jim Parsons. It's GREAT!!! Plus that Modern Family short had me spewing. My 13yo daughter does not appreciate me!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

because she wanted Glee to clean up? I'm having this uncomfortable feeling satan is about to pop up here and tell me this is going to cost me plenty.. .

– August 29, 2010 8:44 PM
Q.

If they keep this up...

...go NBC!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Edie Falco gets her fourth Emmy: "This is the most ridiculous thing that has ever happened in history of this locely awards show. I am not funny " -- that' s redundant.. Another big surprise non-Glee win

– August 29, 2010 8:47 PM
Q.

Actors who actually deserve it!

Granted it is early, but I can't remember an Emmys where I have been so happy with the winners.... I can't believe Jim Parsons actually beat out Alec Baldwin. And the Modern Family bit had me laughing more than I do watching a full length sitcom. Oh Pookie... could this be the best Emmys ever?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I kinda think so, but the night is young.. And, with all these clip I don't see how they're going to bring this in on time without some major slashing toward the end...

– August 29, 2010 8:49 PM
Q.

Edie Falco

Is right. She is not funny.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Yes...and Will Arnett and Keri Russell are THAT awkward together on their new show too.. Meanwhile, How about "Top Chef" finally ending "Amazing Race's" reign for best reality competition series..

– August 29, 2010 8:51 PM
Q.

Did you cringe too

When they introduced Will Arnett and Keri Russell?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

awkward...

– August 29, 2010 8:51 PM
Q.

Edie Falco

Pookie: Kind of an upset? Edie didn't seem too pleased to win a comedy award. Or, was that good acting?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

She did seem a little offput..

– August 29, 2010 8:52 PM
Q.

Bea Arthur

When did you start channeling Bea? Why the Betty White hate?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Not hate -- truly. Just exhaustion.

– August 29, 2010 8:53 PM
Q.

Edie Falco

You know. she's got a point. Her show is a dark comedy, and that's kind of a stretch...she doesn't do comedy. Everyone says that comedy is harder than drama, and they give an Emmy to Falco who is the most serious character on the show. I love her, love the show, but an odd award.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I agree with you -- and, apparently, with her.

– August 29, 2010 8:53 PM
Q.

Amazing Race didn't win :-(

My world just stopped. Actually I know it was a little tired but I still loved seeing it win ever year. It's the end of an era.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

The show had a very good run. But the Emmys get tired when the same shows keep winning over and over, so I'm pleased... Meanwhile, Brilliant Producer Paul reports that Nina Dobrev is the No. 2 term on twitter as everyone tried to figure out who was the brunette in the opening skit -- actually, he admits,  it's more from 'Vampire Diaries' fans saying stuff like "Wow, go Nina Dobrev" but she's No. 2 for sure....

– August 29, 2010 8:57 PM
Q.

Clooney

Yes!! Loved that bit
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

it appears everybody loved that bit...at least everyone who's on the chat and we're all that matters tonight...

– August 29, 2010 8:58 PM
Q.

Edie Falco

Simple solution, tell your agent and the shows producers to not submit your name for Emmy consideration.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Bingo....

– August 29, 2010 8:58 PM
Q.

Make them stop!

Please Pookie, pray to the TV gods and make the Oprah commercials to away!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I'm trying hard but it's not working. Oprah's power is much stronger than mine. We all need to click our heels together and clap our little hands and wish very hard...

– August 29, 2010 8:59 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Now Dianna Agron from "Glee" is No. 1 on twitter with  Wanda Sykes a close second...what?

Q.

Yum.

Is Jon Hamm the best looking man you've ever seen live? And how can Kari Russel make Will Arnett not funny?

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Keri is an extraordinary talent because it takes a lot ot make Will not funny.. And "Mad Men" beat out "Lost" among others, for best drama series writing. Oh, and Matt Weiner telling her "you do" when she says she really has to thank him -- he's not kidding...

– August 29, 2010 9:03 PM
Q.

Springsteen? Whaa?

So for us late tuners in, what's with all the Springsteen references?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

The opening bit was a springsteen spoof...And "Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul beat out TWO "Lost" actors for best supporting actor in a drama series...meanwhile, is it too late to start  "unbelievable" and "awesome" drinking games?

– August 29, 2010 9:05 PM
Q.

"Save the 10 PM time slot"

Drink!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

you betcha!

– August 29, 2010 9:06 PM
Q.

Drama = Guns?

Why does Drama have to equal guns? All they are showing is violent clips. Whatever happened to interpersonal drama? House doesn't count - he'd shoot a gun if he had one.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

all the rage this season, I guess.. I have no idea why all the gun clips this season...

– August 29, 2010 9:07 PM
Q.

I'm hungry

What will I miss if I run out for a burger?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Archie Panjabi getting major surprise win for best supporting actress in a drama series, among other things.

– August 29, 2010 9:12 PM
Q.

She Already Called Me Pookie

I loved how they snuck a Burn Notice clip into the gun montage. But could they have deigned to include a Survivor clip into the reality montage?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Bryan Cranston gets third consec Emmy win and yet I don't mind because I was so sure  "Lost's" Fox win wasa inevitable...so somehow Cranston's win is a surprise...

– August 29, 2010 9:15 PM
Q.

Archie Panjabi

You said that she wouldn't win either!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I know. This night has been one surprise after another. And when was the last time that happened at an Emmy Awards show?

– August 29, 2010 9:18 PM
Q.

Poor Hugh

And we are deprived (yet again) of a brilliant Hugh Laurie acceptance speech. Sigh.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

sigh.. we'll have to watch the Golden Globes

– August 29, 2010 9:19 PM
Q.

Dillon, Texas -- East not West Dillon, Texas

your highness -- how are your tea leaves laying out for Friday Night Lights and Connie Britton? Time to punt?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I am officially retiring from predicting. I have been surprised most of the night -- and happy to be so...

– August 29, 2010 9:20 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

How does Ann-Margret look like that at her age and where do I get some...

Q.

Randy Jackson and Springsteen

You realize Randy Jackson used to play with Springsteen, right? He was part of the "Other Band" Tour after Springsteen split with the E Street Band. It was a dark, dark time.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Very dark time. And Showtime is having a good night -- "Dexter" just picked up a win for Best Drama Directing. Edie Falco's show is also on the pay cable net, etc.

– August 29, 2010 9:23 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

It is okay for me to say I'm enjoying Fallon's in memoriam for shows we lost this season -- or did he do that on his late night show too?

Q.

Survivor clip in the Reality montage

They did! They had Bahstan Rahb watching his torch being extinguished. And with it, the last ten seconds of his fifteen minutes. Good times!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

previous chatter stands corrected...

– August 29, 2010 9:26 PM
Q.

infiniti commercial

even THAT was funny!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

If you are mocking us, you haven't had enough to drink yet. Unless you're serious, in which case you need to stop.

– August 29, 2010 9:27 PM
Q.

Hate the Q & A Format

1) The questions are stupid and the nominees are trying too hard to be funny or relevant. 2) I can't read the little print that gives the information on what show and what episode.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

The print IS too small and the gag is strained and already really old. But it's the only big-ish misstep in this show so far...

– August 29, 2010 9:29 PM
Q.

Poor Elton John

If he was dead he would be rolling in his grave
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Pookie -- he had to get paid for that bit. He's loving it. Trust me.

– August 29, 2010 9:29 PM
Q.

Jimmy Fallon

is annoying me. Am I alone in this?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

It's a really mixed bag. Half of the people writing in on the chat hate him and half love him. He has that effect on people.

– August 29, 2010 9:30 PM
Q.

Boston Rob was not in the montage

was just a random going to commercial clip.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

...make that un-corrected.

– August 29, 2010 9:31 PM
Q.

Clooney's Coming...

I love that NBC just put up a graphic that George Clooney is coming up in 17 minutes. Guarantees that I'll stick around for the next 17 minutes. Or should I flip to Drop Dead Diva for a little while?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Stick around. Oh wait, Kyra Sedgwick just won for best drama series actress and is delivering a really stupid speech. Nevermind...

– August 29, 2010 9:33 PM
Q.

Jimmy Fallon!

Wow. I didn't think he would be better than Neil Patrick Harris, but man. He is.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

"As good, which I never expected" -- I'll concede that

– August 29, 2010 9:34 PM
Q.

1 hour 30 min mark

Are they going to make it?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Not a chance, and how about that Kyra Sedgwick having to read her husband's name....

– August 29, 2010 9:34 PM
Q.

Minimizing Jimmy

They are doing a good job scripting everything. He is abysmal when he ad libs or tried real-time...which makes you wonder how anyone can stomach to watch him interview people 5 nights a week.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

He's not a good interviewer.... and having attended his Emmy walkup phone interview -- he's not good as an interviewee either. His scripted bits are his strength and they're playing to it... smart

– August 29, 2010 9:37 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Oh look, it's Jeff Probst whose gotten over his category being moved to previous week's ceremony.

Q.

Kyra Sedgwick

I love her. She is terrible in person, but this is long overdue! Big upset!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Her show is like a slightly younger  "Murder, She Wrote" ..you can set your watch according to when certain plot points arise....

– August 29, 2010 9:40 PM
Q.

Jimmy Fallon

Not a fan before, but I think he's doing a great job. I need to check out his late-night show.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Do that -- just skip the interview bits...

– August 29, 2010 9:41 PM
Q.

I'm confused...

Is SNL variety or comedy?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Whichever it thinks it can win...

– August 29, 2010 9:41 PM
Q.

NPH was way better

Last year's Emmy's rocked with NPH. Fallon is boring and I wonder why I'm not watching Drop Dead Diva.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Because you'd miss Conan's win.. and Clooney?

– August 29, 2010 9:44 PM
Q.

Fallon vs Harris

Harris can ad-lib; Fallon can not.

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Excellent point. Harris wins...

– August 29, 2010 9:44 PM
Q.

Writers

Let's be honest, nobody cares.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

ditto directing...

– August 29, 2010 9:44 PM
Q.

LOST

I'm depressed that so far LOST has been robbed. I know, lots of good competition in the nominations but LOST Is over and Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson were superb.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

It's too bad the Emmy snubbed the show so many seasons and this is its last chance...

– August 29, 2010 9:45 PM
Q.

Kyra Sedgwick huh?

I would have put money on Julianna Margulies. This night has been completely unpredictable. I like!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Unpredictable is good -- and unexpected at an Emmy show...

– August 29, 2010 9:45 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Okay, I admit it, Ricky Gervais needs to host the Emmys. He just blew Fallon out of the water: "I'm not going to have a go at [Mel Gibson]. He's been through a lot. Not as much as the Jews."

 

 

 

Q.

Ricky Gervais

is a god walking among us.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

amen....

Oh and "The Daily Show" just won  -- again. Conan lent his face to NBC for no reason tonight.. sigh..Oh, great and Jon Stewart didn't even show up -- AND the guy talking for him is very not funny. we were robbed...

– August 29, 2010 9:55 PM
Q.

I love Gervais

That is all I have to say. He can do more without saying a thing than most people do with whole paragraphs. Go Ricky!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

you are speaking for half of the chatters here.....

– August 29, 2010 9:56 PM
Q.

Gervais

Ok, I'll say it....Ricky Gervais, not funny, never was, will not ever be.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

..and you are speaking for the other half. I think he's like bourbon -- acquired taste.

– August 29, 2010 9:57 PM
Q.

An "Only in Hollywood" moment

When Ricky Gervais started passing out the beer, I noticed Matthew Perry turning one down. Given all of the rehab veterans in attendance, you could probably serve the whole crowd with a case...
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I'll have to play that Very Special Moment back on my DVR when this is over... maybe they should not have seated Perry up front of they knew Gervais was going to go with that gag...

– August 29, 2010 9:58 PM
Q.

Relative

So, how is Ron de Moraes related to you?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Ron and I tried to figure it out once. We decided to let it go at "cousins" or something like that. My family's full last name is very long and Ron and I discovered we had more than one of them in common including, of course,  Moraes.

10:03

– August 29, 2010 10:02 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

Whole Clooney award took four minutes.. hey're in real trouble time-wise...

Q.

Oh damn

we don't get to see Conan
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

only that fleeting glimpse of him at the start of the show.

– August 29, 2010 10:05 PM
Q.

The Questions

I don't think they're bad at all. Am I Emmy-dizzy? At least it's more interesting than just announcing them. Some of those people are funny.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

"Emmy dizzy" -- that is the perfect description of what it's like around 10:30....

– August 29, 2010 10:06 PM
Q.

NBC is relieved

A Conan acceptance speech could have been... painful?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

bitingly hilarious. and what do we think of January Jones's gown?

– August 29, 2010 10:07 PM
Q.

January Jones's gown?

Drink-worthy. Nay, two drinks.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

See, I'd wear it in a minute -- three drinks.

– August 29, 2010 10:10 PM
Q.

Huh?

Was that a joke or did Krasinski just screw up?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

If Krasinski tells a joke but nobody gets that he was joking, is it actually a joke?

– August 29, 2010 10:10 PM
Q.

O'HARA!!!!

O'HARA!!!!

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I too was annoyed by Julia Ormond's acceptance speech. But I have not yet forgiven her for what she did to "Sabrina"

– August 29, 2010 10:11 PM
Q.

Mad Men tonight is out of this world.

Thank God for DVR. JJ's dress looks like something I wore to my high school prom (circa 1988).
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I love, love, love that dress. I think I just bought a dress just like it, except mine's green and has little plastic lozenges and sequins all over the bodice so it's even better/worse.. Oh wait, this isn't a fashion chat...

– August 29, 2010 10:13 PM
Q.

Wow, Julia Ormond looks like

She rode to the Emmys in the trunk

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

and I am so glad I did not wear my new green gown to this chat...

– August 29, 2010 10:14 PM
Q.

Outlaw?

Over/under on how many episodes that Jimmy Smits show lasts?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

It is the perfect CBS drama series... Ooh, there Fallon goes trying to ad lib again. You're right, he's no good at that...

– August 29, 2010 10:14 PM
Q.

Beer

Did you notice that even though Matthew Perry declined a beer, a very pregnant Amy Poelher took one? Love her--never one to pass up an opportunity for a laugh.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

That need to go on youtube...

– August 29, 2010 10:15 PM
Q.

Reston

Who has a better career going forward -- post-Scrubs Zach Braff or post-Office John Krasinski?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Zach who? (I'd say Krasinski...anybody else want to weigh in?)

– August 29, 2010 10:16 PM
Q.

But I have not yet forgiven her for what she did to "Sabrina"

Neither has Hodgman! Ha! But he tweeted that they can't hear him in the theater. Too bad; she might have been thrown off by his comment. Love him and so glad they had the guts to keep him.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I'm having trouble hearing him here -- again. When will they get it right?

– August 29, 2010 10:17 PM
Q.

Amy Poehler

She isn't pregnant. She just had her baby.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

hmmmmm

– August 29, 2010 10:18 PM
Q.

Jewel?!

Jewel? Why? If Fallon and Jewel got into a fight, who would win? I think Jewel.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

No question -- Jewel.

– August 29, 2010 10:21 PM
Q.

oh wondeful

Now it's the dead people's popularity contest. Clap for the dead actor you loved the best!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Gary Coleman appeared to get the biggest applause. That IS sad....

– August 29, 2010 10:22 PM
Q.

Pernell Roberts

I didn't know Trapper John, MD died this year?!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

 

I didn't know people in the TV industry weren't brought up to applaud for only the dead people they liked best....

– August 29, 2010 10:23 PM
Q.

STOP CLAPPING!!!!!

NOW!!!!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

...or, polite applause throughout. It's the stopping and starting that is so skeevy...

– August 29, 2010 10:23 PM
Q.

Amy Poehler

Uh, Amy Poehler gave birth to her second child about 3 weeks ago.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Which means she really needs that beer. (Yes, I've already been reprimanded.)

– August 29, 2010 10:24 PM
Q.

Death-o-Meter

I think Rue McClanahan and Lena Horne tied for the most applause for the women. John Forsythe may have won for the men.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I think they were slightly behind Coleman... I'm disgusted with lack of applause for Jean Simmons and others..

– August 29, 2010 10:26 PM
Q.

Why don't they implore ....

The audience not to clap until it's all over. How do you think the loved ones of those who didn't get a single hand clap felt? Like that deadliest catch guy. Silence. Can't they mute the audience feed for that ?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I'm not sure reality-show subject belongs in same category as Jean Simmons.

– August 29, 2010 10:27 PM
Q.

At 11:00 I bail for Mad Men re broadcast

What are the chances the show will wrap up by then....
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

approaching zero

– August 29, 2010 10:28 PM
Q.

Dr. Jack?

Holy crap! Was that Kevorkian in the audience?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I thought I just dreamed that... and someone on this chat mentioned Danes looks like she's in her 40s. I'm not seeing it. I am, however, tired of Temple standing up all the time...

– August 29, 2010 10:29 PM
Q.

Outlaw...

...is actually on NBC, opposite Blue Bloods, the actual perfect CBS drama.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Yes, I know. That was the point I was making. CBS suffered from ratings losses on Friday and, since CBS is the only network that seems to be able to hang on to a broadcast-sized audience on Fridays, the other networks are very agressively this season trying to find their perfect "CBS show" to put on THEIR Friday night. In NBC's case, it's "Outlaw." Once you see it you'll understand exactly what I mean. It really is the perfect CBS show.

– August 29, 2010 10:31 PM
Q.

All in all...

...this hasn't been a bad show. I am, though, really buzzed right now. So glad to know there are other TV geeks out there.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

So glad I'm not the only one who's hit the wall. I always hit the wall right around movie-and-mini time.

– August 29, 2010 10:32 PM
Q.

Arlington Gay

Pookie, I'm in NYC and catching up. Do you have a link for a summary of winners so far? Very happy for Glee and Modern Family from what I've caught up on so far.
A.
Paul Williams :
– August 29, 2010 10:34 PM
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

here it is. Meanwhile, Emily just reported seeing Alex O'Laughlin in a commercial for "The Backup Plan" -- I'm not paying attention to the ad breaks, but I can report that CBS just gave him three new series commitments based on her message...

– August 29, 2010 10:34 PM
Q.

Blair Underwood is not aging

He was on LA Law a million years ago.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

oil painting of him in his attic is ageing fast...

– August 29, 2010 10:36 PM
Q.

Movies/Miniseries

What station were all these movies/miniseries on?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

mostly HBO... a couple PBS....

– August 29, 2010 10:37 PM
Q.

Matthew Perry

Thanks to the chatter who brought up the Matthew Perry sighting during the beer thing. And yay to DVR's so that I could rewind back and watch it. He was very polite and looked gorgeous while turning it down, so all good.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

and..presenter just revealed it was non alcoholic beer. And yet Perry was smart enough to know to turn it down because of all those TV cameras... smart Matthew Perry...

– August 29, 2010 10:38 PM
Q.

I would not be watching a second of this stupid show

If not for this chat. The Emmy's should pay you. Seriously.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

You're sweet but I get paid already to do this, by the Post. And how great that Pacino just won for playing Kevorkian...Hooray that Kevorkian finally stood up so people can see him...

– August 29, 2010 10:41 PM
Q.

gotta go to bed

thanks for the chat
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

you left just in time. NBC is giving us a "sneak peek" at their new show "The Event" ...

– August 29, 2010 10:43 PM
Q.

That guy who won

is doing a great Al Pacino impression.

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

 I thought I was watching Fallon doing Pacino for a second... when did Pacino become a caricature of himself?

– August 29, 2010 10:44 PM
Q.

Al Pacino has a mullet!

He really isn't rocking it, though.

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

that was his 70's look. He has great hair...

– August 29, 2010 10:45 PM
Q.

Jimmy Smits

Kudos for Jimmy Smits making it to all 3 branches of government. He played a member of Congress and the President on West Wing, and now a Supreme Court justice.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

he's a renaissance man

– August 29, 2010 10:46 PM
Q.

Al Pacino

I'm shocked. Shocked!
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

..but not as shocked as I am that "The Pacific" won for best miniseries. yes, another Tom Hanks acceptance speech. I never get tired of them, though he's a lot funnier at the TV Critics Awards trophy show -- you should have been there.

– August 29, 2010 10:49 PM
Q.

GREEN ROOM STREAMING

Lisa, this is Special Online-Only Watcher Ned Martel, wondering why Tom Selleck is seen in NBC.com's GREEN ROOM. Is he here to pick up an Emmy he thinks he deserved 25 years ago for Magnum or merely 15 years ago as a Friends' guest? Also, who thought PRODUCERS TABLE would be interesting to view? Also, should Selleck be wearing a white dinner jacket? I know it's not Labor Day yet, but still...

A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Hi Ned. Tom is presenting as we chat.... I can't explain the white dinner jacket... On Selleck or Fallon....

– August 29, 2010 10:51 PM
Q.

TOM SELLECK

I hope for his sake he's getting paid, out of pity, for his GREEN ROOM duty. He's shaking hands with winners who are rushing past him.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

.."so where was I" Matt says for "Mad Men" win and then adds "I can't believe we're here" which has to be the night's most disingenuous speech remark....And, remarkably, they're going to come in on time. So it CAN be done!

– August 29, 2010 10:53 PM
Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

oh heck.. They moved best comedy series to last and I'm trained like Pavlov's dogs to think this show is over when they announce the win for best drama. I nearly missesd the "Modern Family" win...

 

Q.

Lisa de Moraes :

I stand corrected. They can't bring this show in on time. It's 3 minutes after the hour... Thanks again for joining me -- good night...

Q.

 

A.
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