September 21st, 2008
09:58 PM ET

The Emmy as a weapon

The Emmy statuette is the most dangerous trophy in entertainment. Have you seen this thing? The feminine figure sports metallic wings - two sharp prongs that could easily put an eye out. Or two.

At the Academy Awards last February Daniel Day-Lewis likened his Oscar statuette to a "handsome bludgeon." But as blunt instruments go, the Emmy looks more hazardous.

By the way, the name Emmy comes from "Immy," a kind of tube used in early television cameras. It was changed to Emmy to sound more feminine.

– Matt Carey, CNN Entertainment Producer


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September 21st, 2008
09:31 PM ET

Piven: Was that opening a joke?

"Entourage" star Jeremy Piven was the first star to come backstage to the press room, winner for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. This is his third straight win in the category. Emmy voters have a tendency to fasten on a performer and award them year after year (e.g., Candice Bergen won five in a row for "Murphy Brown").

Piven said he thinks "Entourage" is getting better as the show evolves and his third win is "more shocking than the first two."

He was asked by a member of the media what he thought of "President Palin" but he declined to answer, other than approving what Matt Damon said about her (Damon called her candidacy "absurd").

He did speak frankly about the weak opening of the Emmy telecast which saw the five co-hosts ramble on for about 10 minutes. Piven said he thought for a minute that the audience was being punked.

- Matt Carey, CNN Entertainment Producer


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September 21st, 2008
08:28 PM ET

Heidi Klum's quick change routine

Emmy fashion report: The show is barely underway and Heidi Klum is already on her second outfit. (Editor's note: Now she's on her third.) She walked the red carpet in a sparkling silvery item. Then she took the stage in a tux - and she looked better in it than any of the men around her. (The tux was later "removed" by William Shatner and Tom Bergeron.)

Mauve was a hit on the red carpet. Nicollette Sheridan, Holly Hunter, Kyra Sedgwick and Laura Dern were among the beauties in shades of purple. (Speaking of Dern, her dress has pockets. What for, car keys?)

Eva Longoria Parker of “Desperate Housewives” is showing lots of leg. When you got it, flaunt it!

Most outlandish costume: Alan Cumming of the miniseries “Tin Man," who wore a checked jacket and tan pants. Apparently he didn’t get the “black tie” memo.

My vote for most stunning woman on the red carpet goes to Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men." She’s a knockout in a shade of green.

– Matt Carey, CNN Entertainment Producer


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September 21st, 2008
07:34 PM ET

Waiting for the 'Laugh-In' reunion

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For those of you eager to know how tonight’s Emmy ceremony will unfold, I have obtained a copy of the master plan for the show that producer Ken Ehrlich put together. It’s divided into 13 “acts” and is expected to run three hours, five minutes and 19 seconds long (how can they predict how long those Emmy acceptance speeches will last?). Set your stopwatches!

Oprah will kick things off. One of the highlights could be British comedian Ricky Gervais (star of “Extras” and the new movie “Ghost Town”), who will introduce a segment on “greatest Emmy speeches." He’s fantastic.

Josh Groban will be singing a medley. Not sure why. There will also be a cast reunion of “Laugh-In” (Goldie Hawn? Lily Tomlin? Arte Johnson? Ruth Buzzi? Who knows?).

The final award, as usual, will be Best Drama Series. And then the parties begin!

– Matt Carey, CNN Entertainment Producer


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September 21st, 2008
06:39 PM ET

The fashion competition

Bulletin from the Emmy red carpet: Carolina Herrera has announced she dressed Best Actress in a Drama nominee Mariska Hargitay in a “marigold double chiffon asymmetrical gown with ruffle detail with Fred Leighton jewelry and Manolo Blahnik shoes.” This is what passes for breaking news from the Emmys!

For those keeping score, J. Mendel is dressing two nominees: Sally Field and Laura Linney. Take that, Carolina Herrera!

Oh, and Bulgari has announced Supporting Actress in a Drama nominee Sandra Oh is “expected to wear” Bulgari emerald cut diamond earrings (5.5 carats each). “Expected” makes it sound like the Bulgari folks are not entirely convinced she will wear them - perhaps Sandra may reach for the paste at the last second. (Well, these things are expensive!)

– Matt Carey, CNN Entertainment Producer


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September 21st, 2008
06:29 PM ET

The hosts

The five co-hosts for tonight’s Emmy telecast are walking the red carpet now - Heidi Klum of “Project Runway," Jeff Probst of “Survivor," Ryan Seacrest of “American Idol,” Howie Mandel of “Deal or No Deal” and Tom Bergeron of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Usually the network airing the Emmys (it rotates yearly between the big four) recruits one of their own stars to host, but ABC is doing something unusual by turning the show over to these five. It’s a gamble, because none of them is particularly known for their comedic skills (with the exception of Mandel, who started in standup).

It could be a sign of desperation as the Emmys tries to drum up interest in a show that had its second-lowest ratings ever last year. The five are also competing tonight in the category of “Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.” I guess if Probst loses he will have to immediately leave the tribal council, pack his bags and go home.

– Matt Carey, CNN Entertainment Producer


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