'Modern Family' Co-Showrunner Christopher Lloyd's Non-Emmy Plan: Basketball
This story first appeared in the Sept. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
"I usually go play basketball the night of the Emmys. It's nerves and a distraction -- a way to take my mind off of the whole thing. The first year I was at a gym, and I heard Sofia open an envelope and call out my name on TV. Nobody there knew who I was, and I thought, "Well, this is an odd experience."
It's sort of every man's dream come true: Sofia Vergara calling out my name in the middle of the night. At least I can tell that story. ... I'm not an awards-show guy, but it feels weird to stay at home and watch it, so I usually go do something. Last year, I was playing basketball, and I got to my car, and I saw a lot of text messages.
I thought, "If these are all messages saying, 'Ha, ha, you lost,' then I've got to rethink some of these friendships," so I took it to be a pretty good sign. ... I'll probably do the same thing this year: go play basketball. It's worked out well in the past. In fact, it could be the whole key to our success."