The Primetime Emmy Awards, when the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors TV's best, takes place in Los Angeles every September. In addition to the academy's splashy Governors Ball for close to 4,000 guests—billed as the largest formal dinner in the U.S.—the annual event includes parties from entertainment brands—in previous years, HBO and Entertainment Tonight have hosted the glitziest gatherings. The 2014 show took place on August 25; here's our archive of Emmy-related coverage.
EMMYS DELIVERS COMPETENT BUT SAFE SHOW: Monday night’s Primetime Emmy Awards provided few surprises, awarding prizes to many previous winners and host Seth Meyers steering the ship without making too many waves. (Although the less said about Weird Al’s theme song medley, the better.) Variety: “More practically speaking, NBC’s latest use of the Emmys to showcase a latenight (or really, later-night) host worked out reasonably well. Meyers adopted a minimalist approach to open the show, delivering a straight stand-up routine aimed at the TV-literate crowd—both in the room and at home—that resembled some of the better Oscar intros of years past. Going with a monologue not only played to the host’s strengths but reflected a sense TV has indeed grown up, without requiring inordinate bells and whistles to set the ball rolling.” http://bit.ly/1pBPjS9 Posted August 26, 2014, 7:54 a.m. EDT
EMMY BROADCAST DISAPPOINTS: The tone of last night's Emmy broadcast was somber, not celebratory, as tributes to TV stars who passed away and a remembrance of President Kennedy's assassination were spread throughout the entire show. Host Neil Patrick Harris also disappointed. USA Today: “He was as dull and off-kilter as his oddly downbeat show—a talented man who seemed trapped between his desire not to repeat himself and our desire to be entertained. If you don't want to do an opening musical number because you're afraid it will draw Tonys comparisons, fine, but don't make us miss it by substituting a faux battle among former hosts that only reminded us of how ill-served the broadcast has been over the past few years.” http://usat.ly/1agX3ir Posted September 23, 2013, 8:24 a.m. EDT
JON HAMM AND AMY POEHLER THROW EMMY LOSERS PARTY: It started out as an in-joke between the often-nominated-but-never-winners Jon Hamm and Amy Poehler, but the two took their “Losers Lounge” concept and turned it into an actual Emmys after-party Sunday night. The fete at Soho House doubled as a fund-raiser. E! Online: “Nominees who failed to take home a statuette were allowed in for free, but winners had to make a $1,000 donation to World Wide Orphans.” http://eonli.ne/18I99DM Posted September 24, 2013, 8:06 a.m. EDT