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Step behind the velvet ropes to see how the stars celebrated TV’s biggest night. In the first full-blown Emmys weekend since 2019, there’s a full slate of events leading up to Monday night’s ceremony, with Netflix, Disney, HBO, Apple, Paramount, UTA and CAA all hosting celebrations — along with The Hollywood Reporter and SAG-AFTRA’s own Nominees Night bash. The annual BAFTA TV Tea Party, though, will no longer go on following Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
Get an inside look from THR staffers, who were at all the hottest parties alongside TV’s top talent and execs.
Disney Post-Emmys Celebration
A few major awards evaded the formidable Disney umbrella — which includes Hulu, FX, Disney+ and their various associated studios — but the inclusion of Abbott Elementary (Sheryl Lee Ralph and Quinta Brunson), The Dropout (Amanda Seyfried) and Dopesick (Michael Keaton) ensured there were multiple winners’ circles at the post-show fete hosted at DTLA’s Otium late Monday night.
Among the first to trickle in after obligatory appearances at the Governors Ball was Jimmy Kimmel, intercepted by Shark Tank personality Kevin O’Leary before longtime manager James “Baby Doll” Dixon ushered him toward a throng of Disney brass. Elle Fanning, Trevor Noah and Betsy Brandt held court in various corners, while Andrew Garfield (in the running for most ubiquitous partygoer of this long Emmy weekend) appeared captivated by, and laughing hysterically with, James Corden in a secluded banquette for at least a half-hour. Over by the dance floor, the ever-genial Keaton leaned over to talk to a fawning young boy. (It was too loud to overhear their conversation, but it seems safe to assume the kid was excited to meet the original cinematic Batman and not the pill-popping doctor from Dopesick.)
The Abbott Elementary team took their time migrating to the parent company party, but, when they did, all eyes were on them. Brunson, writing Emmy in hand, skirted the crowd for a private patio off of the main floor, while a radiant Ralph arrived with a crowd of minders. At first, it looked as though the supporting actress in a comedy winner still had tears in her eyes, but, upon closer look, it was just the carefully placed jewels punctuating her eye makeup.
Executives included ABC/Hulu boss Craig Erwich, who chatted with Dropout showrunner Liz Meriwether, and big boss Dana Walden (now chairman of Disney General Entertainment) who made her exit while in conversation with longtime collaborator Dan Fogelman (Only Murders in the Building, This Is Us). Among the last to show was Pam & Tommy nominee Lily James, who greeted co-star Sebastian Stan with a big hug and was overheard articulating a sentiment shared by most everybody on site: “I’m so fucking tired.” — Mikey O’Connell
“There’s Casey Bloys — he’s very happy tonight,” an eager reveler said inside San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood while giving a discreet head nod in the direction of the HBO boss, who had expertly segued from a conversation with The White Lotus winner Mike White to giving hugs to Euphoria gurus Sam and Ashley Levinson. Bloys was beaming, and no one can blame him as his companies racked up the most wins on Emmy night with 34, including a field-leading 10 trophies for The White Lotus.
White, with a fuchsia lei around his neck similar to the ones worn by his characters on the show, has traded trophies for a plate of tacos. He was also radiating with that post-Emmys winner’s glow. “I’m so grateful,” he was overheard telling an executive. “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Over his shoulder and in front of the taco bar, Sarah Snook reunited with pal and Succession co-star Nicholas Braun; their series earned four trophies, including best drama. They had a brief conversation before Braun politely asked a Bungalows staffer for directions to the restroom. En route, he no doubt passed dozens of network stars as every corner of the bash was teeming with bold-faced names.
Robin Thede was spotted dancing near the DJ booth (and later congratulating winner John Oliver), The White Lotus winner Murray Bartlett held court in one of the bars, Oscar Isaac took a seat on a banquette next to Himesh Patel, Bloys introduced Jonathan Groff to Jeremy Strong (who earlier gave a big hug to Isaac), Judd Apatow chatted up John Wilson of How To With John Wilson, Brian Cox said hello to Hacks star Christopher McDonald, Connie Britton chatted with friends on a couch not far from the Hacks crew including Hannah Einbinder who also spent time and shared laughs with The Bear breakout Ayo Edebiri, Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji danced up a storm to Beyoncé’s “HEATED” while Melina Matsoukas and Evan Ross looked on, Molly Shannon gave up on her heels and was seen carrying silver platform shoes in her hand, Bob the Drag Queen hunted for sweets, asking THR where the dessert table was (“I heard there’s ice cream somewhere around here”) and Jimmy Akingbola arrived at 12:30 a.m.
That means Akingbola missed the celebratory swirl when Zendaya snuck in a side entrance at 11:05 p.m., Emmy in hand and trailed by an entourage close to 10 deep including her brother, Slate PR publicist and stylist Law Roach. She quickly found her Euphoria family right around the corner and as she approached a group that included Sydney Sweeney and Maude Apatow, Zendaya was received with yet another round of applause on a big night for her … and everyone at HBO. — Chris Gardner
Netflix Emmys Party
The streamer celebrated its three wins with an afterparty at Milk Studios on Monday, where the Squid Game cast (and creator Hwang Dong-hyuk) took to the dance floor and posed for photos alongside CEO Ted Sarandos. Winner Julia Garner also held tight to her trophy throughout the night and partied alongside Ozark co-stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, as well as Aaron Paul and husband Mark Foster. Mindy Kaling, Shonda Rhimes, Ross and Matt Duffer, Shawn Levy, Geena Davis, Regina Hall, Taron Egerton, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Kal Penn, BJ Novak and Tan France also made appearances throughout the evening, as did Netflix’s famous “shoe valet,” offering slides after a long night in heels. — Kirsten Chuba
The streamer took over Mother Wolf for a post-show bash filled with winners like the team from Ted Lasso, including repeat best comedic actor Jason Sudeikis. Mingling inside the Hollywood hotspot were Lasso’s Juno Temple, Brett Goldstein, Hannah Waddingham, Nick Mohammed, Sarah Niles, Toheeb Jimoh, Phil Dunster, Cristo Fernandez, Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift, Bill Lawrence, Bill Wrubel, Jeff Ingold and director MJ Delaney. Meanwhile, the cast and producers of Severance also celebrated, including Ben Stiller, Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette, Britt Lower, Zach Cherry, Dichen Lachman, Tramell Tillman, Michael Chernus and John Turturro. — Chris Gardner
Motion Picture & Television Fund’s Evening Before Fundraiser
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson pulled out all the stops for his first outing as event co-chair of MPTF’s Evening Before fundraiser, drafting Snoop Dogg to share the stage with him for an exclusive performance alongside special guests Flo Rida, Jeremih, Lil Tjay, Mann, O.T. Genasis, Tony Yayo and Uncle Murda in front of a star-studded crowd in Century City. The night was also historic for the org as it raised a record-setting $3 million.
The host committee boasted such bold-faced names and nominees as Alex Borstein, Connie Britton, Rachel Brosnahan, Jennifer Coolidge, Billy Crudup, Kaitlyn Dever, Hannah Einbinder, Andrew Garfield, Lee Jung-jae, Melanie Lynskey, Bob and Naomi Odenkirk, Himesh Patel, Christina Ricci and Mark Hampton, Adam and Naomi Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Tony Shalhoub, Martin Short, Sydney Sweeney, Hannah Waddingham, Henry Winkler and Stacey Winkler, and Bowen Yang.
The star-studded soiree also hosted nominees, presenters and VIP guests including (in alphabetical order) Nicholas Braun, Yvette Nicole Brown, Stephen Colbert, Alexandra Daddario, Ariana DeBose, Zoey Deutch, Jenna Dewan, Taron Egerton, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cristo Fernández, Brett Goldstein, Park Hae-soo, Alana Haim, Este Haim, Danielle Haim, Jon Hamm, Mariska Hargitay, Brendan Hunt, Janelle James, Toheeb Jimoh, Jung Ho-yeon, Mindy Kaling, Jake Lacy, Matthew Macfadyen, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Amy Poehler, Will Poulter, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Amanda Seyfried, J. Smith-Cameron, Sarah Snook, Sebastian Stan, Ben Stiller, Jeremy Strong, Juno Temple, Kenan Thompson, John Turturro, Jeremy Allen White and many more.
“Once again the entertainment industry heard our call for support and answered with open hearts and incredible generosity,” MPTF CEO Bob Beitcher said of the event, designed as a “relaxed town square” in the park by Revelry Event Designers, with food provided by Carmelized Prods. by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo. “We’re incredibly grateful to our co-hosts and most especially to 50 Cent and friends for their amazing musical performance, a first for us at an Evening Before event.”
This year’s presenting sponsors were Delta Air Lines, Penske Media Corporation (parent company of The Hollywood Reporter), People and UCLA Health, with additional support from Diamond sponsors The Walt Disney Co., Netflix and Warner Bros. Discovery. — Chris Gardner
AMC Networks Emmy Brunch
AMC celebrated its 12 Emmy nominations with a Sunday brunch at West Hollywood’s Ysabel, where the cast and crew of Better Call Saul (holding seven of those noms) were out in full force. Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando, Patrick Fabian, Tony Dalton and co-creator Peter Gould were all in attendance, frequently stopping for photos and enjoying the party’s brunch menu together, which included pancakes, croissants and an omelet station.
And, in honor of both Better Call Saul and Killing Eve’s Emmy recognition, the bar featured specialty cocktails including “Bloody Villaneve,” “S’All Goodman,” “Cooper’s Bacardi Daiquiri” and the festive “Emmy-Mosa.” Chris Hardwick also chatted with the Saul crew, as Fabian frequently made the rounds and recruited his co-stars for selfies and group shots. AMC Networks CEO Christina Spade and president of entertainment and AMC Studios Dan McDermott also mingled throughout the indoor-outdoor celebration, along with Better Call Saul writer Gordon Smith, executive producer Alison Tatlock and producer Jenn Carroll. — Kirsten Chuba
Nominees Night, co-hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and SAG-AFTRA, welcomed a star-studded group of Emmy honorees to a stunning penthouse inside 8899 Beverly in West Hollywood on Saturday, including Andrew Garfield, Quinta Brunson, Christina Ricci, Melanie Lynskey, Sam Richardson, Toheeb Jimoh, Sarah Niles, Nicholas Braun, J. Smith-Cameron, Hannah Einbinder, Kaitlyn Dever, Natasha Rothwell, Michael Stuhlbarg and Nicole Byer.
Inside the event, which was sponsored by Heineken with Casamigos and FIJI water served, Garfield held court, sharing a laugh (and expressing his Ted Lasso fandom) with Richardson and Jimoh, and words with Bradley Whitford, who also chatted with Succession stars Braun and Arian Moayed. Einbinder played social butterfly as well, taking photos with Brunson (who later shared a hug with Byer) and Severance‘s Jen Tullock.
West Side Story star Rachel Zegler made an appearance, sitting alongside Byer and What We Do in the Shadows’ Harvey Guillen, then later chatting with Yellowjackets star Jasmin Savoy Brown. Brown’s co-stars Ricci and Samantha Hanratty, who play different eras of the same character on the Showtime series, stopped for a photo together, as additional Yellowjackets star Tawny Cypress arrived late in the evening and squealed at the site of Ricci. Lynskey and husband Jason Ritter entered shortly after, but not before Ritter got a chance to say hello to Garfield at the valet.
Nominees Danny Strong, Himesh Patel, Robin Thede, Tony Shalhoub and Sheryl Lee Ralph were also in attendance, along with guests Britt Lower and Tramell Tillman (of Severance), Steve Levitan, Abbi Jacobson, Patrick Fabian, Cristo Fernández, Poorna Jagannathan, Amy Landecker, Patton Oswalt, Nasim Pedrad and director Adam Nee, along with execs Casey Bloys, Michael Ellenberg and Charlie Collier. — Kirsten Chuba
The corporate parent company’s Emmy party Saturday night hosted talent from shows like Station Eleven, Yellowjackets, The Offer, The Amazing Race, RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Oval and TV executives from its companies including CBS, Showtime, Nickelodeon, MTV Entertainment Studios, BET+ and Paramount+. All strolled the sapphire-colored carpet leading into the newly opened Catch Steak LA, where THR spotted CBS Network president Kelly Kahl and Paramount chief Nicole Clemens.
Though Trevor Noah skipped the carpet, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah executive producer Jennifer Flanz told THR that “it was a win to get nominated seven times this year.” When asked why the show resonates with viewers so much, Flanz offered, “I think Trevor’s voice — he just connects with the audience really well. He’s authentic, and people can feel it, and that’s why they watch.”
Yellowjackets’ ensemble showed up in large numbers with Ricci, Cypress, Steven Krueger, Hanratty and Sophie Nélisse, among others, embracing each other on the carpet and posing for group photos. Once inside, a few castmembers kicked off the dance floor, looking more like old friends than colleagues. Several of the actors confirmed that the Yellowjackets cast has a lively group chat they predict will likely be buzzing Monday evening.
“I think we’re all a little bit still in shock with how the show has been received,” says Krueger, who plays Ben Scott. “Just to see the evolution of the show and the reception of the show both from critics and the audience is overwhelming. Now here we are, almost three years after we shot the pilot, and we’re finally getting to celebrate alongside some of the best people in television, and it’s just really exciting.”
Creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, who were announced as signing an overall deal to Showtime last month, prepared for the evening with Red Bull to beat the pre-Emmy’s exhaustion. Joked Nickerson: “We’re starting every day at sunset with 100 push-ups on our knuckles just to get ready to get into that big auditorium on Monday.”
The Catch Steak LA layout lent itself to pods of conversations. RuPaul held court at a red leather booth, catching up with Loni Love and other friends while Kenya Barris worked the room, stopping and greeting people (like castmembers of Tyler Perry’s BET+ show Sistas) in between the standing cocktail tables. Novi Brown, who stars as Sabrina Hollins on Sistas, said she’s particularly excited to see “anyone of color” Monday night, adding, “it’s just our time right now.”
Disability advocate and model Jillian Mercado, who plays Maribel on The L Word: Generation Q, spoke to THR about being part of a show with a longstanding legacy and devoted fan base. “It’s really beautiful because this is my first TV experience so it’s like, ‘How lucky did I get to be a part of a cast that really understands what diversity and inclusion is?’ We’re telling real stories, so the legacy of still being that leader in telling relatable stories is such a privilege to be a part of.”
On the second floor, Chace Crawford chatted with friends and took selfies, while The Offer star Juno Temple made the rounds, as did Julianne Hough and Hayden Panettiere. Station Eleven writer-producer Patrick Somerville and lead actor Himesh Patel, both nominated this year, spoke about the thrill of celebrating a show that balanced high stakes and genuine, human moments.
Said Somerville: “We were a show that was maybe a tough watch because of the pandemic, but I think Station Eleven is just a positive, fun, healing kind of show, and I’m just really glad that the Television Academy and enough viewers connected to it to make it break through.” — Evan Nicole Brown
Colman Domingo’s Private Party
Colman Domingo, who picked up his first Emmy Award for his work on Euphoria during the Creative Arts ceremony, finally had a chance to celebrate with close friends on Saturday. The multihyphenate teamed with Ketel One for an outdoor celebration in West Hollywood that featured cascading florals in Domingo’s initials, a selection of Colman’s favorite Philly-inspired foods and music by DJ Josiah Bell alongside Violinist Derryck “D Sharp” Gleaton. The menu also featured caviar service paired with Ketel One’s miniature martinis, frozen cosmopolitans, clarified Bloody Marys and espresso martinis. — Chris Gardner
Awards weekends typically kick off with a string of talent agency bashes, and this year was no different as UTA posted up on the rooftop of the chic Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. It boasted nominee and Emmy Awards host Kenan Thompson on the official invite, and seen making the rounds inside the bash (while searching for dry spots on a rainy night) were Succession nominee Sarah Snook, Insecure nominee Issa Rae, Killing Eve nominee Sandra Oh, Ted Lasso nominees Sam Richardson and Ashley Nicole Black, Severance breakout Britt Lower, Yellowjackets creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, HBO boss Casey Bloys, The Dropout nominee Michael Showalter, Squid Game’s Park Hae-soo, Patton Oswalt, Max Greenfield, Better Call Saul nominees Rhea Seehorn and Mark Johnson, Christian Slater, White Lotus star Jake Lacy, Hacks star Megan Stalter, Emmanuel Acho, Dennis Quaid, Stranger Things‘ Eduardo Franco, Yellowjackets‘ Liv Hewson, Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy nominees Coodie and Chike, Phil Lord, Showtime’s Jana Winograde, Hulu’s Sasha Silver, Fox’s Charlie Collier, NBC’s Susan Rovner, Shondaland’s Alison Eakle, Searchlight’s Gina Kwon, Apple TV+’s Erin May and HBO’s Francesca Orsi. — THR staff
There was more to chat about inside this agency bash than stormy weather. Held at The Rose in Venice, this year’s Emmy celebration marked the first time CAA has mounted a major awards event following the June completion of its acquisition of ICM Partners. That meant new reps and clients made the always exclusive guest list with some noting the “bizarreness” of seeing ICM folks at a CAA bash. The exec quotient was said to be high inside with sightings including Jon Hamm holding court at the bar, Bill Lawrence and his Ted Lasso talent making the rounds, Abbott Elementary’s Quinta Brunson chatting up a photographer, Yellowjackets nominee Christina Ricci and Only Murders in the Building showrunner John Hoffman mingling, Barry star Henry Winkler hanging with his wife, son and actress daughter-in-law while BJ Novak strolled through the party solo.
Squid Game nominee Jung Ho-yeon, Ron Howard, Paul Walter Hauser, Maya Hawke, Power creator Courtney Kemp and The Boys star Chace Crawford were also spotted at the celebration. The only hitch: The Rose Bar patio was properly tented in preparation for the night’s precipitation, though one section by the entrance sprang a leak around 10:30 p.m., causing momentary panic. — THR staff
Performers Nominees Reception
Extreme weather has been battering Los Angeles residents, with scorching heat to start the week and rainstorms to close it out. But after landing on the red carpet inside the TV Academy’s Saban Media Center on Friday night, Abbott Elementary nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph had another element on the tip of her tongue. “People talk about the wind beneath my wings. Well, I’m soaring right now,” said the veteran star and first-time nominee. “You remember that moment when Sally Fields said [at the Oscars], ‘You like me! You really like me!’ I understand what that means now. I get it, Sally. I get it. I feel the love.”
Ralph wasn’t alone. The love was being spread across the lobby as nominees exchanged congratulations and hugs. Some even got to catch up for the first time in years. “We used to live in the same building in New York that I’ve been living in since Spin City,” White Lotus nominee Connie Britton said of a red carpet encounter with Yellowjackets nominee Christina Ricci. The latter joked, “I was a gross teenager and she was a fully working actress,” adding that she was loving the chance to catch up with her peers. “You don’t often get to meet other actors except for the people working on your shows. I’m not incredibly social because I have that social anxiety thing where I replay every single thing I say to anyone and I usually avoid that by staying home.”
Station Eleven star and nominee Himesh Patel was far from home, having arrived from London only a few hours before the party. “I’m a bit jet-lagged but I didn’t want to miss this opportunity because it’s very specifically about the performers and I think that’s really great,” he explained. “It’s a nice way to ease into the weekend. This is all new for me so it’s going to be a discovery.”
Exploring the scene were Sebastian Stan, Abbott Elementary’s Quinta Brunson, Janelle James, William Stanford Davis and Tyler James Williams, Succession’s Matthew Macfadyen and J. Smith-Cameron, Stranger Things star Jamie Campbell Bower, Squid Game’s Park Hae-soo, Dopesick’s Michael Stuhlbarg, nominee Jacinte Blankenship, Ozark’s Jessica Frances Dukes, Ted Lasso’s Sam Richardson, Yellowjackets nominee Melanie Lynskey and husband Jason Ritter, Marta Pozzan, Christopher McDonald, Tramell Tillman, Laverne Cox and more.
“It’s the best thing in the world,” Better Call Saul’s Patrick Fabian said of the opportunity to party with fellow performers. “I’ve worked with so many of these folks because I have been around for about 30 years now. Some like to say, I’ve been passed around town a lot — sometimes nicely and sometimes not. But it’s nice to walk around this room and literally say, ‘Oh, I guest-starred with you on Murder, She Wrote,’ and, ‘Oh yeah, remember when we did that pilot that we thought for sure was going to get picked up?’ It’s a shared experience here.”
White Lotus nominee Natasha Rothwell called it a dream come true “just to be around other people who are as excited to be in the conversation. And I love everyone’s work so much. I’m here for the nomination, but I’m also just honored to be able to share the air.” — Chris Gardner
Humanitas Prize Luncheon
Larry Wilmore hosted the 46th annual Humanitas Prizes on Friday at the Beverly Hilton, which honored the craft of screenwriting and featured winners in nine juried categories spanning film and television. On the TV side, Black-ish writer Robb Chavis won for comedy teleplay, Pachinko creator Soo Hugh was honored for drama teleplay, and Women of the Movement creator Marissa Jo Cerar was tops for limited series, TV movie or special. Winners on the film side included Don’t Look Up from writer Adam McKay for comedy feature film, The Starling from Matt Harris for drama feature film and Encanto from Charise Castro Smith and Jared Bush for family feature film.
Quinta Brunson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Sian Heder, producer Kevin Messick and Everything Everywhere All at Once’s Stephanie Hsu were among the attendees. — Kirsten Chuba
36th Impact Awards
Adding to the awards being handed out this weekend, the National Hispanic Media Coalition hosted its annual Impact Awards Gala at the Beverly Wilshire on Friday, celebrating those in the entertainment industry who are positively reflecting the Latinx community. Hosted by Jessica Marie Garcia and Annie Gonzalez, the evening honored George Lopez and Mayan Lopez, recent Emmy winner Colman Domingo, Wilmer Valderrama, Yvett Merino, Xolo Maridueña, Francia Raisa and Apple TV+.
The gala also included special appearances from Rep. Karen Bass, nominee Robin Thede, Blue Beetle director Angel Manuel Soto, Gloria Calderón Kellett, Debby Wolfe, Selenis Leyva and Mónica Ramírez, who served as presenters for this year’s honorees. — Kirsten Chuba
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