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Primetime Emmy Awards

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 2015 show took place on September 20; here's our archive of Emmy-related coverage.

EMMY RATINGS DOWN DESPITE STRONG SHOW: The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast saw its ratings drop 24 percent despite a history-making year that had more participation in voting on the awards. Industry insiders chalk part of the ratings drop to the lack of promotion from Fox, which doesn’t have a morning show or late-night show to boost viewer interest. Los Angeles Times: “Of course, as television continues to splinter among multiple broadcast and streaming platforms, there could be another factor at work: Most of America simply hasn't seen the shows the Emmys are celebrating. … ‘You have to wonder at what point the television landscape will become so fragmented that a decent rating [for the Emmy telecast] is no longer possible,’” says one Emmy-winning producer.
Posted September 22, 2015, 9:06 a.m. EDT

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.”
Posted August 26, 2014, 7:54 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.”
Posted September 24, 2013, 8:06 a.m. EDT


Emmy Awards Highlights: a Look Inside the Biggest Parties and Lounges

Here's a roundup of bold ideas from the Governors Ball, HBO, Bafta, and more around Los Angeles during TV's big week.

Event Report Posted September 23, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

'60s Mod Inspires Emmys' Graphic Black-and-White Governors Ball

Event Report Posted September 19, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

Emmy Party Photos: 30 Highlights From HBO, 'Entertainment Tonight,' and More

Event Report Posted September 19, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

Emmy Governors Ball Hangs Starry Decor Over TV Stars, Adds Dessert Sponsor

Event Report Posted August 30, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

HBO Emmys Party Channels "Tarzan and Jane Meet Palm Beach"

Event Report Posted August 31, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

Emmy Governors Ball Goes for Jewel-Toned, Xanadu-Evocative Opulence

The TV academy's 3,500-guest Emmy Governors Ball went for opulent jewel tones, inspired by the work of the late designer Tony Duquette and the concept of Xanadu.

Event Report Posted September 21, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

Fashion Designer Paul Poiret Inspires Glitzy HBO Emmy Party

HBO pulled out all the stops for a glitzy Emmy after-party inspired by French fashion designer Paul Poiret.

Event Report Posted September 21, 2009, 4:49 PM EDT

Entertainment Tonight Emmy Party Amps Up Exclusivity With Shrunken Guest List, Venue Change

Entertainment Tonight's annual Emmy party sponsored by People magazine amped up its air of exclusivity with a reduced guest count, a move to Vibiana, and an intimate performance from Mary J. Blige.

Event Report Posted September 21, 2009, 4:15 PM EDT

TV Academy Honors Producers With Hamptons-Style Party—One of 22 Emmy Season Events

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences threw a Hamptons-inspired bash to honor Emmy-nominated producers—one of 22 events the academy will produce.

Event Report Posted September 16, 2009, 2:47 PM EDT

Marilyn Monroe Inspires Emmys' Expanded Governors Ball

To mark the Emmys' diamond anniversary, the Academy gave the Governors Ball a new venue, an increased guest count, and a look inspired by Marilyn Monroe.

Event Report Posted September 22, 2008, 12:36 PM EDT

Emmy Producer Ron Basile on the Show's Move to the Nokia

Q & A Posted September 16, 2008, 3:59 PM EDT

With Billy Idol at Disney Hall, ET Emmy Bash Draws Swelled, Celeb-Heavy Crowd

Back at Disney Hall for a second year, Entertainment Tonight's Emmy party, sponsored by People, brought Billy Idol to serenade a celebrity-heavy crowd of about 1,200 partygoers.

Event Report Posted September 22, 2008, 1:29 PM EDT

Giant Pagoda, Geishas Fill TV Guide Party

For its sixth annual Emmy after-party, TV Guide riffed on the Kress's eastern Asian-inspired look.

Event Report Posted September 22, 2008, 4:22 PM EDT

HBO Emmy Party Channels Modernist Brasilia at Under-Construction Design Center

HBO's Emmy party channeled modernist Brasilia for 2,000 guests at the Pacific Design Center.

Event Report Posted September 22, 2008, 4:08 PM EDT

Emmy Suites, Most With Charity Ties or an Eco Bent, Blanket L.A.

Gift lounges, most with charity ties or an eco-minded bent, blanketed Los Angeles over Emmys weekend.

Event Report Posted September 22, 2008, 11:05 AM EDT

Emmy Invitations: More Is More for ET, TV Guide Parties

News Posted September 18, 2008, 4:10 PM EDT

Governors Ball Surprises Guests With Bennett, Changing Decor

About an hour into the Academy's official after-party, the decor underwent dramatic transformations.

Event Report Posted September 17, 2007, 1:26 PM EDT

Elaborate, Thai-Inspired Spectacle Greets HBO's Emmy Guests

The elaborate, Thai-inspired spectacle that was HBO's Emmy party made for a suitably celebratory scene to toast the network's success at the ceremony.

Event Report Posted September 17, 2007, 4:08 PM EDT

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