September 20th, 2009
10:50 PM ET

Emmy night: Hurry up and wait

Hurry up and wait.

It's an old adage in news that always rings true, but today I am reminded of it more than ever. Right now I am blogging this to you via blackberry while waiting for the stars to arrive at the HBO Emmy after party. This is the second year I have covered this party and it's one of my favorite assignments–it seems like all of Hollywood comes to this party! Last year I interviewed everyone from Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks to the almost unheard of cast of a brand new little show called "True Blood".

This afternoon I rushed around getting ready, made sure that all of my accessories matched my dress and obsessed over which lip gloss to wear. Hey, if the normally fabulous looking celebrities are going to be looking even more fabulous than normal, a mere mortal like me is going to have to do everything in her power to look red carpet appropriate– even if I am on the other side of it!

After meeting my photographer John Aceves, we drove over to the venue where the event is being held expecting there to be a ton of traffic and oddly, the streets of LA are empty right now. I guess that is good news for Neil Patrick Harris, it must mean that people are home getting ready to watch the Emmys (it airs on a time delay here). From all of the emails I am getting, it sounds like he is doing an amazing job!

We got to the venue with plenty of time to spare and wait number one started: the wait to get to the carpet. At major events like this, security often holds off 'opening' the carpet until they can gather some of the press and escort them out together. Finally we were escorted out by a very nice HBO rep and security guard and were given our spot on the line.

Now wait number two starts: the wait for the celebrities. This one will be much longer. Luckily we have a few great things going for us. It's a gorgeous night in Los Angeles. It finally cooled down from the insanely hot temperatures earlier in the day. In addition, when you cover enough of these, you become friends with the producers and crews who are covering the same events, so it's kind of like time to catch up with old friends. And the best part? HBO is keeping us well hydrated, they have huge ice coolers filled with cold water bottles– they know how to keep their press happy!

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