Your favorite TV actors come together Sunday for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris. They'll laugh, cry — and might just be rewarded.
How can you share this moment with friends who may not be as passionate as you? Fear not. Invite them over Sunday and get them hook, line and sinker with some bingo and drinking games. (And print out the ballot below to vote for the winners.)
First, get to know the nominees and start reviewing your game materials. The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will air Sunday at 5 p.m. Pacific on CBS from the Nokia Theatre.
If you prefer getting to know the nominees via video:
Wait, before you go any further, the Creative Arts Emmys has already recognized a number of "key technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production" (aka the awards people don't care about as much). Check out the list of winners announced Sept. 15 in this PDF press release sent out by Emmy officials.
Without further ado, let's begin with some bingo.
Print out the bingo cards* below from iVillage. Cross off spaces as the lunacy unfolds. When you fill a line — across, down or diagonal — you are the winner!
*Originated by iVillage, these bingo cards can be used for any awards show — from the Oscars to the Grammys.
This bingo card comes from Studio 360. It was originally intended for the Golden Globes, but it can easily be repurposed for the Emmys this weekend.
- Start with the card below
- Click on the tiles when you hear or see the cliché
- When you’ve got a complete row yell "BINGO!"
- Click "GET NEW CARD" and start again
Want to make things more challenging? Print out game cards from all of the above options, mix them up and distribute. Whining will result in instant disqualification.
Take a sip of your favorite poison (sparkling apple juice we're sure) whenever someone...
- Puts glasses on to read the teleprompter
- Thanks their mom
- Doesn’t know what to say
- Mentions Charlie Sheen
- Mentions a religious icon
- Fist pumps
- Exits the stage the wrong way
- Trips on stage
One more rule: bathroom breaks are only allowed during commercials. Last person standing — consciously — wins.
The Hollywood Reporter scored a few details (below) direct from Tina and Amy at the Golden Globes. It's as close to an official award show drinking/strip poker/competitive eating game as it gets.
THR: OK, so can you come up with a couple of rules for a Globes drinking game?
Fey: Any time an actress cries in a speech, drink. Any time you see a person actively not listening to someone onstage, drink.
Poehler: Any time someone says, “I didn’t prepare anything!”
Fey: Any time anyone thanks Harvey Weinstein, eat a meatball sub.
THR: How about any time they show Judi Dench?
Fey: Yeah. You take off an article of clothing.
Poehler: Any time Maggie Smith wins.
View your own Emmys ballot below or print it out here.
Got your own way to make watching the Emmy Awards more entertaining? Share them in the comments below.