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An Insider's Guide to Emmy Parties

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Before and after the big show, the A-list boozing and schmoozing will take place here.

A rule of thumb is that the number of awards-season parties corresponds with how the economy is doing. But while the Dow has been wobbly of late, Emmy celebrations are up. Go figure. The TV awards weekend, culminating the night of the Sept. 18 telecast from the Nokia Theatre downtown, will see more than a dozen bashes throughout L.A., ranging from the 3,800-guest Governors Ball to Showtime taking over Skybar. Clearly, a good weekend for the TV industry should be a great one for caterers.

► THURSDAY, SEPT. 15

TV Academy Writers Nominee Reception

Where: ATAS' Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre
The Party: Writers rarely get a party thrown for them. They revel in the attention. The likes of Elisabeth Moss, Matt LeBlanc and James Woods present scribes with their nomination certificates.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16

CAA

Where: Bouchon
The Party: Second year at this locale. Not in the league of the agency's Bryan Lourd Oscar party, but not chopped liver, either. Note that the agencies have their parties before the telecast, while their clients are still happy.

ICM

Where: London Hotel rooftop
The Party: All nominees are invited, but obviously it's mostly ICM clients (it has 59 noms) attending, including Edie Falco, Jon Hamm and Melissa Leo. The agency wrangled a rarely given permit to allow the DJ to play  until midnight.

TV Academy Performers Nominee Reception

Where: Pacific Design Center
The Party: Acting nominees, including Jon Cryer and
Alfre Woodard, receive certificates. Wolfgang Puck does the menu. Short speeches from the TV Academy brass are in the "a nomination in itself is an honor" mode. A relatively relaxed evening.

WME

Where: Milk Studios
The Party: Airplane hangar-size space used mostly for photo shoots. WME's guests and 144 nominees including Mark Wahlberg, Amy Poehler and Martin Scorsese. A buyout of the facility costs about $100,000. Ari Emanuel and Rick Rosen host, with food by Mr. Chow.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 17

Broadway Video

Where: Sunset Tower
The Party: Lorne Michaels hosts his company's nominees, who include Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon. Lots of New Yorkers grousing about L.A. Imagine if the bash was after the telecast and they'd lost.

NBC

Where: Spago
The Party: New NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt makes his debut as party host. The network says the affair will be "casual" and done without a red carpet. Invites go to nominees throughout the spectrum, not only those for NBC, which has 61 noms.

Showtime

Where: Skybar
The Party: The cable network says it wants the outdoor rooftop soiree to be "intimate." Laura Linney and LeBlanc will be among those hosted by network chairman Matt Blank.

EMMY NIGHT

AMC

Where: Mr. C Hotel
The Party: It's way on the other side of town at the Ciprianis' new hotel, so guests will arrive after other stops. It should go late. Attending are the casts of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Killing (including Mireille Enos). Network head Charlie Collier hosts.

Comedy Central

Where: The Colony
The Party: The network says it invites "the comedy community" as well as its own talent, including Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The big question: Will Charlie Sheen attend? (He RSVP'd.) His roast airs the next day. Organizers say they want to keep it "laid back" and create a "safe haven."

Entertainment Tonight

Where: Vibiana
The Party: ET goes lavish when it throws a party. Invites go to all Emmy nominees, executive producer Linda Bell Blue hosts, and the evening's highlight is a performance by Stevie Nicks. Organizers say this year's party will be inspired by California's regional street art and cuisine. Tends to be the 213 stop before heading to Westside events.

Fox, 20th Century Fox Television and FX

Where: Fig & Olive
The Party: Fox says the event's focus will be on "amazing food" and "young glamour." Expected are nominees from Modern Family (including Jesse Tyler Ferguson), Glee and Justified.

Governors Ball

Where: L.A. Convention Center, West Hall
The Party: Not exactly an intimate affair -- the room is significantly larger than a football field. Sequoia Productions does the decor in a '60s mod theme. More than 900 waiters serve 3,800 attendees, making it possibly the largest sit-down dinner in North America. Patina sacrifices herds of cattle for the filet mignon dinner.

HBO

Where: Pacific Design Center
The Party: This is the ninth consecutive year HBO has used the Pacific Design Center. Billy Butchkavitz handles the event's design, which is usually wildly vibrant. Steve Buscemi, Kate Winslet, Peter Dinklage and Diane Lane lead the guest list. Guests flow in throughout the evening from other affairs. People actually dance at this party.

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