September 22, 2012 4:01pm PT by Lacey Rose, Lesley Goldberg , Matthew Belloni
Emmy Party Diaries: Inside Saturday's Events with Edie Falco, Jason Ritter and 'Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan
Emmy weekend continued Saturday with ICM Partners first ever Emmy brunch at West Hollywood's Fig & Olive. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan greeted guests, while other bold faced names from Edie Falco, Marg Helgenberger and Busy Philipps (and daughter Birdie) made the rounds.
Later, Showtime celebrated its nominees with an intimate party at Sunset Tower on Saturday night. Guests included Claire Danes, Michael C. Hall and House of Lies' Don Cheadle. Ten blocks west, NBC talent, including Matthew Perry and New Normal producer Ryan Murphy, toasted each other at Boa Steakhouse. Upstairs, Kevin Costner and the cast of miniseries Hatfields & McCoys gathered at Soho House for History's first Emmy bash.
12:15 p.m. Gilligan accepting congrats from party-goers at the entrance to Fig & Olive. Lots of talk about whether the Academy would be willing to award a show about a meth dealer. He shifts the conversation to talk about the final season, which he is busy writing now. Among the many questions: how will he keep the series finale under wraps?
12:30 p.m. Philipps trotting young daughter Birdie around the party (a few others have brought children too), while Helgenberger and Topher Grace post up separately at tables nearby. Partners including Chris Silbermann and Ted Chervin circle the room greeting guests, including nominee Falco.
1 p.m. Book of Mormon-turned-1600 Penn star Josh Gad makes his way into the party. Parenthood's Jason Ritter is mingling with guests near the paella station.
7:35 p.m. House of Lies' Glynn Turman and Dexter's Hall have a long chat at a corner bar, hiding out from the rapidly growing crowd. Later, Hall finds Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins for a chat by the bar.
7:50 p.m. John Legend arrives near the main stage. He'll perform later in the evening.
7:55 p.m. Homeland's Damian Lewis gets some prepping on a who's who from a Showtime publicist. His co-stars Claire Danes and Morena Baccarin find a seat on the couches in the corner.
8:00 p.m. Nevins touts Homeland's achievement as the most-nominated freshman show in his introduction of Legend. The packed room cheers loudly for the series, with the entire cast, including Mandy Patinkin, on hand to hear it.
8: 12 p.m. Legend covers Bruce Springsteen's “Dancing in the Dark” with a ballad that has most of the room entranced. Before his next song, he declares himself a big fan of Homeland. Co-creator and showrunner Alex Gansa makes his way closer to the stage.
8:15 p.m. Ben Schwartz says that his pick for best comedy series is between two shows that were overlooked and a long-ago fave: "Tie between House of Lies, Parks and Recreation and ... Dinosaurs." CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer and Homeland co-creator Howard Gordon sit on the couch and take in the performance by Legend.
8:25 p.m. Ryan Murphy, fresh from the NBC bash at Boa 10 blocks away, arrives at the Showtime party. He and 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden weave through the crowd in seach of fellow chairman Gary Newman. Later, Murphy and Gordon catch up.
8:30 p.m. Hall leaves the party, stopping to sign autographs for the small throng waiting out in front of the hotel. Nevins chats with Helen Hunt, while Cheadle makes his way toward him to say hello. Homeland co-creator Alex Gansa catches up with his young star Morgan Saylor, who "still can't believe all of this is happening."
8:45 p.m. CBS Studios chief David Stapf catches up with Showtime CEO Matthew Blank as Murphy makes his way for the exit. He's greeted by paparazzi looking for him to sign autographs.
7:40 p.m. Dana Walden, Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Salke and others holding court at a private table at Boa. Moments later the execs introduce New Girl star and Emmy nominee Max Greenfield (flanked by wife, Fox's head of casting Tess Sanchez) to Murphy.
7:50 p.m. Stars of The Office Phyllis Smith and Leslie David Baker chat over dinner together at a table in the courtyard.
8 p.m. Kathy Griffin makes a quick lap around the Boa courtyard before heading out, likely on the same party tour that several other partygoers are.
8:30 p.m. Bob Greenblatt gives Michael J. Fox a big hug moments after Salke says hello to the newly reminted NBC star, while Fox's wife Tracey Pollan and his oldest son, Sam, look on.
9:45 p.m. Go On's Matthew Perry is flanked by chairmen Greenblatt and Ted Harbert, while Biggest Loser's Alison Sweeney makes small talk nearby. Over in the corner by the Sushi Roku bar, one of Parenthood's youngest stars, Savannah Paige Rae, plays with a gaggle of other children.
10:10 p.m. Parenthood's Sam Jaeger, Rae's on-screen dad, says he hopes this is the year that co-star Monica Potter earns a nomination. "Especially after Tuesday's episode, which is very intense," he said. Jaeger directed the hour.
10:48 p.m. Costner is surrounded near a corner booth at Soho House, where he's been holding court for well over 30 minutes. Meanwhile, History chief Nancy Dubuc and her husband are making the rounds, while Lionsgate's Sandra Stern and A&E Networks CEO Abbe Raven both mingle nearby.
11:10 p.m: Costner and the cast of Hatfields & McCoys gather in the front corner of Soho House greeting parade of execs.
11:50 p.m.: Idris Elba, a nominee for Luther, is toasting a couple hundred friends at a private party at David Arquette's Bootsy Bellows club across the street from Soho House.