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• Will Ferrell presents the last awards of the evening. He rocked the casual look, with flip flops and three kids who wanted to play “Angry Birds.” (“I couldn’t find childcare.”)

• “Modern Family” wins again for Best Comedy Series.

• “Outstanding Drama Series” goes to “Breaking Bad.”

• Show goes ten minutes long. FWIW.

• Talk about “Sophie’s Choice.” How do you pick between Michael Douglas and Matt Damon? Emmy voters did. It’s Michael.

The “Mad Men” dance tribute | Getty Images


• Want to watch the stars fist pump? Here’s CBS’s backstage blog.

• Daft Punk musical number. Is there any show that song can’t make better?

• Despite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler heckling Neil Patrick Harris to “twerk it,” that hasn’t happened. Yet. MAKE IT HAPPEN HARRIS.

• Steven Soderbergh wins for “Behind the Candelabra.”

• So far, things are not breaking ‘Bad.’ Bobby Cannavale of “Boardwalk Empire” bested ‘Bad’ as well as Henry Bromell, who wrote the Emmy-winning “Homeland” episode. Director David Fincher won for “House of Cards.” And Jeff Daniels of “The Newsroom” added to the “Bad” news.

• But that means John Hamm lost too.

Derek Hough

• Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum presented the Emmy for outstanding choreography. “Dancing With the Stars” Derek Hough (two-time nominee) bested the other groovers from “So You Think You Can Dance.”• “The Colbert Report” took the honors for Best Variety Show. “It’s kind of a cliche to say that it’s an honor to be nominated,” Second City alum Stephen Colbert said. “It’s a lie. This feels great.”

• James Cromwell (the only actor ever to utter the words “Star Trek” during an episode of “Star Trek” won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a miniseries. The win, for “American Horror Story” is his first.

Neil Patrick Harris brought Sarah Silverman and Nathan Fillion on stage for a musical number.


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• Jeff Daniels spent the day watching his Detroit Lions before winning best actor in a drama series for his role on “The Newsroom.” He bested Hollywood heaveyweights Jon Hamm, Brian Cranston, Damian Lewis, Kevin Spacey

• Don Cheadle presented the Emmys “Good, Bad and the Ugly” segment. The Beatles’ arrival on on shores, the assassination of President Kennedy and Carrie Underwood’s musical tribute.

• Anna Gunn won the Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama series.

• It has been a night of somber remembrances. Jane Lynch honored her “Glee” costar Corey Monteith, Rob Reiner paid tribute to Jean Stapleton, who played his mother Edith Bunker on the classic television series “All in the Family” and Robin Williams reminded Gen Xers of the comic genius of Johnathan Winters, his mentor and co-star on “Mork & Mindy.”

• CLAIRE DANES, CLAIRE DANES, CLAIRE DANES!!!! (Best actress in a Drama Series for “Homeland)


Writer/actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler | Getty Images


Elton John performs his tribute to Liberace.

• Michael Douglas and Matt Damon introduced Sir Elton John for a musical tribute to Liberace. He channels the singer in both sequins and song. When it was over, Michael Douglas quoted Liberace: “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.”• Neil Patrick Harris, suffers from EHD (Excessive Host Disorder) and his costars are worried about him. “Sick bastard texted pictures of his microphone,” opined Jason Segal. Those ready to admit their problems can check into the Ryan Seacrest Center.


• Those who had their money on Merritt Wever, congrats! She won for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy (“Nurse Jackie) and earned rave reviews for her speech. “Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I gotta go, bye.”

• Julia Louis Dreyfus (lead comedy actress) and Tony Hale (best supporting actor) won Emmys for the policitcal comedy “Veep.”  Tony Hale also “Bustered” on Dreyfus’ speech, so it’s as if he won twice.


• “Downtown Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland” or “Breaking Bad?” Henry Brumell wins for “Homeland” but sadly passed away earlier this year. His wife accepted the award in his honor.


For Bears fans deep into Miller Light buckets, wings and encased meats, let’s get ready to Emmys! Here’s the 2013 Emmys pregame:

• E’s Live from the Red Carpet ManiCam: One word: FAIL. While Zooey Deschanel had the best nail art, details were lost. For those needing closed captioning, manicures were not on display.

• Julia Louis Dreyfus incurred the wrath of Giuliana Rancic for daring to photobomb the ManiCam.

• Kelly Osbourne, George Kotsiopoulos and Guiliana Rancic declared their top five stylemakers to watch early on in the pregame: 5) Lena Dunham, 4) Kelly Cuoco, 3) Kerry Washington, 2) Emilia Clark and January Jones won their top honors. One of five ain’t bad.

What were the “Girls” thinking? Lena Dunham wore a duvet and Zosia Mamet censored her breasts.

• Neil Patrick Harris binged watched a season of television for the opening montage. Don’t bother checking it out on You Tube.

• Tina Fey and Amy Poehler heckled from the front row, before announcing the best actress in a comedy series. Merritt Weaver from “Nurse Jackie” wins the honor.

• Tracey Wigfield and Tina Fey won for best comedy writing for “30 Rock.”

Shout out to the Chi

Here are Chicago nominees: Julia Louis Dreyfus (Northwestern alum, Practical Theater Co.) Second City alums Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steven Colbert, Jane Lynch, The Annas (both Chlumsky and Gunn) Betty White and Mandy Patinkin.

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