On the Party Scene

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From the Governors Ball and HBO to AMC and Comedy Central, stars and execs spent the weekend celebrating TV's biggest night.

Rambling Reporter Hits Emmy Week: There was a fashion mishap at the swarmed HBO party at the Pacific Design Center when Lionsgate's Jon Feltheimer accidentally stepped on Lisa Bonet's dress, ripping it a bit. Meanwhile, her husband, Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian star Jason Momoa, was, shall we say, getting a bit loose after hitting the bar. Making the rounds with a camera was Kathy Griffin, asking the likes of the Entourage cast and Jon Hamm to pose for photos with her. Good thing she didn't ask Chris Noth; the actor was mighty standoffish, giving fans the cold shoulder when they asked for a shot. And Boardwalk Empire's Kelly Macdonald spent more of the night on the patio, smoking with two men, than at her reserved table with co-star Steve Buscemi.

Emmy host Jane Lynch's joke about why she's a lesbian -- with her introduction of the Entourage cast as the punch line -- was written by stand-up comedian and TV writer Dana Gould, the husband of HBO's Sue Naegle.

Newly minted Oscar producer Brett Ratner was spotted in the Nokia lobby chatting with Parenthood producer Brian Grazer. Perhaps Ratner was taking notes at the show for his own huge undertaking Feb. 26? At the HBO afterparty, Ratner fraternized with the Entourage boys (he guest-starred on the show a few seasons ago).

To be a fly on the wall: Larry David did a quick stop-n-chat with Taylor Lautner at the WME party Sept. 16 at Milk Studios.

Moving abroad suits Elizabeth McGovern well. The actress, a staple in such 1980s movies as Ordinary People and She's Having a Baby, lives in London and told us at the Sept. 16 Performers Nominee Reception at the Pacific Design Center that her nominated role on Downton Abbey didn't come easily, nor lightly. "I asked for it -- actually, I begged for it," she said.

Speaking of the '80s, guest drama actress nominee Randee Heller (Don Draper's batty secretary, Miss Blankenship, on Mad Men) said that despite her uptick in exposure, there's one role that gets her the most attention. "Playing Ralph Macchio's mom in Karate Kid -- people of a certain age always know me for that," said Heller, who recently battled cancer. "That's why this nomination was so unexpected. I thought the door had closed on my career after my 50s, then it reopened. I'm 65 now, and I'm hoping this phase lasts a very long time."

At Comedy Central's afterparty at the Colony in Hollywood, Stephen Colbert was more than gracious about Jon Stewart, whose Daily Show claimed its ninth consecutive win for best variety, music or comedy series. "I'm in awe of him. I wouldn't be surprised if it happens for another 20 years," said Colbert.

Friday Night Lights actor Brad Leland (he played boisterous Buddy Garrity) attended the Academy's Writers Nominees Reception on Sept. 15 in support of Jason Katims, his soon-to-be Emmy-winning showrunner. He told THR that he recently read for a role in the upcoming HBO comedy Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus but feels as if he's never left FNL. "I was out by the pool at the Shangri-La in Santa Monica," he said, "and I see this guy I sort of recognize. I realize it's Taylor Kitsch with that new short hair, and I yell across the patio, 'Riggins!' He shouts back, 'Garrity!' We never call each other by our real names." Two days later, the Friday Night Lights crew congregated at Dillon's Irish Pub & Grill  -- in honor of the series' fictional Texas hometown of the same name -- in Hollywood. FNL producer turned Showtime chief David Nevins said even Mad Men folks turned up for the packed party.

Also at the writers' event, Steven Moffat accepted his certificate of nomination for the PBS miniseries Sherlock and admitted to the intimate crowd: "I'm completely jet-lagged and don't know anyone here. So someone please talk to me afterward."          

At the Governors Ball, Louis C.K., the first comedy actor to receive an Emmy nomination for FX, summed up his experience: "I actually stayed and watched the whole thing! I liked being a nominee this year, though I'm glad to be on the other side of it now and have it over with."

Guests of AMC's private post-show party at Mr. C in Beverly Hills received a copy of rapper Common's new biography, One Day It'll All Make Sense in their swag bags, begging the question: Um, why? Turns out Common has a lead role in the network's upcoming Western series, Hell on Wheels.

Just hours after he pulled off a surprise upset in the lead drama actor category, Kyle Chandler received a bear hug at the HBO party from one of the guys he beat, Jon Hamm. Meanwhile, last year's Emmy winner for supporting drama actor, Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, also was on hand. And two of the party's very last guests -- as doors were closing at 1 a.m. -- were Justified guest star drama nominee Jeremy Davies and Carla Gallo (Men of a Certain Age). The two had breakout roles in David O. Russell's 1994 film Spanking the Monkey.


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