September 20th, 2009
09:17 PM ET

Emmy night: Borrowing from reality

Emmy producers seem to be stealing a few techniques from reality show producers.

Jon Cryer came backstage to talk to the media about his Emmy - for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series - but he found himself on the broadcast again. Show producers tossed to the press room cameras so that host Neil Patrick Harris, who lost out to Cryer, could joke around with Cryer.

After it was over - and he was off the air - Cryer seemed less-than-enthused about the banter. "OK, that was the bit and I hope it was worth waiting for," he said to reporters.

It's interesting how viewers can see the Emmy director's control room, which is in a back corner of the stage.

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September 20th, 2009
07:45 PM ET

Emmy night: Red carpet stars

The most under-dressed actor on the red carpet may be Chevy Chase, who sported a white T-shirt and Armani tux.  He called it "a new statement."

When CNN's Kara Finnstrom remarked that he "could pull it off," Chase - ever the comedian - replied "I can probably pull anything off, but it would be embarrassing." See some of the stars on the red carpet

Chase has a new sitcom on TV - "Community" - in which he plays an aging student at a community college.

Most elegant on the carpet could be actress Cicely Tyson.  She is nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie, for her role in "Relative Stranger."  Tyson, 75, has two Emmy trophies on her mantle already.  She won in 1974 for "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and in 1994 for "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All."

Shohreh Aghdashloo, whom many viewers may recognize from her turn on Day Four of "24," is competing against Tyson in the outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie category.  She played Saddam Hussein's wife in "House of Saddam."

When she spoke to CNN on the red carpet, she revealed that her best research for the role was watching YouTube clips.

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