The Emmys. Our annual opportunity to celebrate the medium that takes up most people's free time. Some would say TV is experiencing a golden age that's making it harder to blame the medium for the decline of Western civilization. But hey, there's always reality TV.
Here's everything you need to know for this weekend's 67th annual primetime awards ceremony.
When are the Emmys?
The Emmys start Sunday at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern and are scheduled to run until 8 p.m. Pacific/11 p.m. Eastern, though as a live awards show, it could always run long. There will also be a replay of the show airing immediately after the initial airing ends. Also, your market may delay the show until prime time here on the West Coast, though it will be airing live in the TV capital of L.A.
Where can I watch the Emmys?
The Emmys themselves will be airing on Fox, which is channel 11 here in L.A.
And, sorry cord-cutters — you won't be able to watch the Emmys in any official capacity live. However, there will be online streaming content from backstage — with more than 15 cameras stationed around the backstage area. Find out more about the Emmys "Backstage LIVE!" coverage here.
Where can I see the Emmys red carpet?
KTLA is also carrying an Emmys pre-show locally from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Also, E! will be doing a red carpet show... but you'll have to see whether your local cable provider is airing it live or, as with many cable systems, delaying it here on the West Coast so their red carpet show will be airing while we watch the show.
How can I play along at home? (Bingo, ballots, drinking games)
As always for awards shows, there are a wide variety of options, including some great Emmys bingo cards. Grab printable Emmys bingo cards from:
You can also fill out your own ballot. Fill one out online from:
Or you can get a printable ballot from:
(You'll prooooobably want to avoid printing the full 348-page official Emmys ballot, but if you hate trees, have at it.)
And, finally, if you're looking for drinking games — diet soda, we're sure — try these games from:
Here at KPCC, we'll be watching carefully for items from Clickhole's 2015 Emmys bingo and, heck, last year's Clickhole Emmys drinking game to happen. (I like “Jeffrey Tambor spends entire acceptance speech explaining the title of 'Transparent’" and “Orchestra vacates pit due to bee.”)
Who's been nominated for the 2015 Emmys?
HBO has the most programming up for awards, with a total of 126 nominations in a wide variety of categories. They're followed by ABC with 42, CBS and NBC with 41, and FX with 38. Other streamers Netflix come in at 34 while Amazon has 12 (11 of which are for "Transparent").
The most nominated show is "Game of Thrones" with 24 Emmy nods, followed by "American Horror Story: Freak Show" with 19.
Variety TV critic Debra Birnbaum tells KPCC that the races to watch are whether Jon Hamm gets a best lead dramatic actor win — this is his eighth nomination in the category, but he has yet to win. She also noted that there are two black women up for best dramatic lead; no black women have won before. "Transparent" is also one to watch with the way that it's put Amazon on the map.
Who's hosting the Emmys this year?
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Andy Samberg takes the reins this year, following fellow "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Seth Meyers last year and the-guy-who-hosts-everything Neil Patrick Harris the year before that. Samberg helped make short comedy clips a bigger part of our culture via digital shorts on SNL, ranging from his first breakout hit "Lazy Sunday" to the inescapable "I'm On A Boat" (featuring T-Pain). It wouldn't be surprising to see some Samberg roll out some pre-recorded video with the help of his Lonely Island parody song/video pals during the ceremony, but you'll also get to see how he holds up as a centerpiece rather than as part of an ensemble.
Why have some Emmys have already been given out?
For the lower profile Emmy awards, they're given out at the Creative Arts Emmys, which took place Saturday, Sept. 12. That show airs on Saturday, Sept. 19 on FXX. Highlights from the earlier ceremony will be shown as part of the main Emmys show, including the awards given out to reality shows, TV movies and a wide variety of other shows and performers. HBO won 29 awards, including eight for "Game of Thrones." NBC came in second with 11, including four for the SNL 40th anniversary special. (Also, both of these shows only cover primetime — the Daytime Emmys are in the spring.)