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The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards airs live on ABC starting at 8 pm Et / 5 pm Pt. And Small Screen Scoop wants you to weigh in with us! Jessica Rae will be sharing insights, updating a live winners list, and providing plenty of commentary on the best and worst of the fashion choices.

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7:00 on ABC – Emmy’s Red Carpet

Of Bachelor and Bachelorette fame, Chris Harrison, is doing interviews. I actually quite like him. He has a trustworthy face. Then again, compared to all the scummy people on the show, he’s practically a saint. (Unless you believe the rumors about Emily Maynard and him.)

I’d also like to take a moment to say that the key art for the 2012 Emmys are very pretty.

Kelly Osbourne looks very young and fun in her silvery hair and lavender Zac Posen gown.

Kat Dennings is with her boyfriend Nick Zano. Her strapless red dress is by J Mendel. I love the ruching on it, but am a bit concerned she needs more support for her top. Or maybe even a necklace would have helped that great expanse of skin from looking borderline tawdry? I do love Dennings. And don’t forget the 2 Broke Girls season 2 premiere is on September 24th.

In commercials, Kate Hudson is talking about Almay. Which is a brand I really never go for. I think I liked one of their lip glosses back when I still wore lip glosses? Shrug.

Jon Hamm is wearing a dashing navy blue tuxedo. His wife is in cobalt blue. He says he’s been “disabused” of the notion to ever write a thank-you speech. And he’s sincerely humble. Mad Men was nominated in every acting category this year. He’s presenting tonight with Tina Fey.  His wife says it’s funny for sure.

Dancing with the Stars All Stars premieres tomorrow. Is anyone watching

And we’re back to the Emmys Red Carpet live. It’s Heidi Klum! Looking more beautiful than ever. A seafoam or light blue halter dress with a severe slit. She has old hollywood hair with a deep side part and big curls. Klum knows exactly how to pose. “I wanted something happy for me it’s still Summer here in L.A.,” Klum mentioned. She’s also hoping Project Runway will win. And I do too. (To copy Heidi Klum’s 2012 Emmy dress look for seafoam!) Update: It’s a Alexandre Vauthier dress and she has Charlotte Olympia heels! I feel like she’s merged Grace Kelly with Marilyn Monroe.

Johnny Galecki is here in Hugo Boss. He’s witty and charming and amazing. He’s very humble about The Big Bang Theory.

Michael J. Fox and his wife,  Tracy, are there! God, how much do you love him? He’ was nominated for guest spots on Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Good Wife. He says it’s fun to have a celebration. Tracy has amazing Veronica Lake hair , and they’re very funny together. You can tell they’re a genuine couple.

Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez is taking a cool car, snazzy tux, and his Mom! He interviews her with a fake microphone and it’s amazing. Also, he’s gotten older over the hiatus!

Kristin Wiig is nominated for SNL and she’s once again in a beige/white dress with dark hair. This is basically her uniform for the red carpet, I would have loved to see some color on her! Although I do really like her dress. It has an art deco vibe. Apparently Wiig says she wanted a dress that was kind of ghostly. And it is! But why is this the directive Kristin Wiig is giving to her stylist?

Ginnifer Goodwin is in a dress that looks like velcro images of orange coral were placed all over a beige base. I’m not sure I adore it as much as she’d like me to.  It’s a Monique Lhuillier dress, too. Usually I love Lhuillier!

Julianne Moore is in electric yellow Dior couture dress. This is her first time at the Emmys.

Sofia Vergara of Modern Family is here, of course. Her dress… it looks kind of cheap because of the fabric.

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Melissa McCarthy is here in a black dress. The hair and earrings are great. I’m not sure black was the right color for her.  A fan is here to ask McCarthy a question. The fan wants to know what it was like being part of the crew for Weird Al. “He’s a lovely, lovely funny man,” she says.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson time. He’s all jokes and humble about how many times Modern Family is nominated. He’s got a special bow tie in plaid. He’s engaged and they have a foundation called Tie the Knot. “I feel like Sofia Vergara with the K-Mart line.” It’s funny that whenever he says her last name it’s got a little accent to it.

Tina Fey! They’re filming the last season of 30 Rock right now. They’ve been watching TV finales every day. Her dress is burgundy and it’s hard for me to love her more than I do.

Rico Rodriguez and his Mom are going to get Pinks hotdogs before the show.

Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton will be on Nashville this year. But they both decided not to look that great tonight. Ugh. WHY. Panettiere is in a Marchesa dress that is growing on me a little… but I can’t help but think “bridesmaid toga!” Meanwhile, Britton looks to be wearing a longer version of what Ven Budhu designed on Project Runway this past week.. a shimmery silver/blue dress that’s pretty boring. And her hair is pulled back like she’s going to go play tennis. I don’t get it.

Stephen Colbert is calling his kids to tell them to watch on ABC right now. So cute!

Elisabeth Moss is blonde! It looks great on her. And she’s got a Dolce and Gabbana print dress. Mad Men season 6 starts filming next month. Will Peggy be blonde?!

Aaron Paul and his fiancee look amazing together. They look like a sexy couple.

Christina Hendricks … she’s gorgeous, but I do want to change how the dress fits her. It’s Christian Siriano, by the by. I love the color with her hair and jewels. But I feel like the pleating on the bust only makes her bust look larger than it is.

January Jones in in an angry black dress and severe slicked back hair… like a Matador or widow trying to be sexy. Jessica Pare, on the flip side, is in a soft white Jason Wu dress.

Edie Falco is in Stella McCartney and it’s so modern and amazing. Navy blue and white with a racerback and belt.  I miss Nurse Jackie already, more eps now, Showtime!

Inside the Nokia Jesse Tyler Ferguson is bantering, live for ABC. I think he could host anything live. He’s amazing. Do you remember his show with Lizzy Caplan and Jason Ritter… uh… something about a class? Anyway, it was fun. Modern Family is better, of course. Caplan moved on to Party Down, which was better. And Ritter on Parenthood is pretty good, too.

OH. Zooey Deschanel and Jim Parsons. Zooey is a vision… like a Degas dream! A pale blue tulle gown with vintage styling everywhere. Who can resist the allure of the Parsons?

Ariel Winter looks amazing in a printed dress.

Jimmy Fallon is jumping up and down for photos. Smooch.

best and worst dressed emmys 2012

Emmys 2012 Best Dressed: Heidi Klum, Claire Danes, Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling, Lena Headey, Kate Mara, Lauren Parsekian (Aaron Paul’s fiancee.)

Emmys 2012 Worst Dressed: Ginnifer Goodwin, Connie Britton, January Jones, Sofia Vergara, Jenna Malone

Emmys 2012 Opening skit:

Practicing their acceptance faces are Mindy Kaling, Christina Hendricks, Zooey Deschael and there’s also Martha Plimpton… Connie Britton. Lena Dunham. Kathy Bates. Jimmy Kimmel is crying and the women want to help him. He got a little botox. I love seeing them all console him. “You look like a Real Housewife,” Deschanel says.

“We’ll do it!” says a chorus of people like Ryan Seacrest and Heidi Klum.

The women decide to punch his face back into shape, which isn’t as funny as you’d hope it would be. Julia Louis Dreyfus is there now, and she’s amazing.

Ellen Degeneres has pants for Jimmy, thank goodness! This moment works well.

Jimmy Kimmel Opening Speech

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is mentioned. Of course. As is Downton Abbey. BAAATES. Michelle Dockery! A Mitt Romney joke. A Kelsey Grammer joke. Glee. Barack Obama. A Homeland mention and Claire Danes is beautiful. Charlie Sheen should not watch Breaking Bad. Lena Dunham with her short hair gets a shout-out. HBO. Mad Men. John Hamm. Boob joke. Winner/Loser jokes, and I’m really liking Kimmel as a host.

A “Year in Comedy” montage. Happy Endings! Tina Fey. Neil Patrick Harris. Kaley Cucoco. Amy Poehler. Girls. Parks and Recreation. Adam Scott. Ashton Kutcher. New Girl. Veep. Aubrey Plaza.

Awards Time – Who are the winners, man?

Amy Poehler (boobs!) and Louis C.K are presenters. Great timing. Love them! Outstanding comedy actor in a series time! Modern Family for almost everyone. Bill Hader. Winner: Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family! His trivia as he walks to stage is about how he helped raise pigs as a young man. He’s choked up, and I adore him. “There is no Cam without Mitch,” he explains.

Jim Parsons and Zooey Deschanel time. Deschanel seems a little awkward. Parsons is funny, though. “Check out her blog on nutrinos.” Lena Dunham, Michael Schur and Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., someone for Community with Donald Glover. Winner: Louis C.K. He’s someone I’ve actually talked with before, and he’s so cool that you want to die and then ask him to go eat some BBQ chips with you. And he would. Because he’s awesome.

During his speech the screen reads “Melissa McCarthy in 7 minutes” – this is too much information. Calm down, producers!

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are ready to see what “The Breaking Bad Show” would have been like before cable. Don Knotts would be there, obviously. Until he’s shot. Brought to you by: Meth!

Jon Cryer and Kat Dennings! Too much echo on the mic. Mayim Bialik is nominated and looks gorgeous. Kathryn Joosten (RIP), Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Merrit Wever (yes!), Kristen Wiig. Winner: Julie Bowen. She’s also in this electric yellow color we’ve seen tonight on people like Julianna Moore. She looks great, if not a bit too Palm Springs. Sofia yells up to her, and it’s sweet. Bowen is happy to have been hired. She talks about nipple covers a lot. Maybe more than you want to say in your Emmy acceptance award. “Sofia, I know you’re younger than me but I want to be you when I grow up.” She has thanked her nannies, but called them sister wives.

Tweet #EmmysCongrats to thank any of the winners. So much info!

We’ve got a Once Upon a Time promo with Captain Hook! Next Sunday, guys!

Matthew Perry is here. His new show, Go On, is actually very good. He’s announcing guest actor and actress in a comedy. His bit is kind of slow. Winners: Kathy Bates and Jimmy Fallon. And they’re here to now present an award for directing in a comedy series. Kathy’s black … coat thing is so sparkly that it’s driving me nuts. More Louis C.K. not caring as a bit.  More Lena Dunham. Winner: Steve Levitan! He’s funny and entertaining. Sofia Vergara’s eyelashes are so thick it looks like her eyes are closed in the audience. P.S. Jake Kasdan for New Girl is great.

A bit with the funny little girl from Modern Family being horrible to everyone. Ken Jeong wants to be Lily!

Mindy Kaling and Melissa McCarthy. Oh, I haven’t talked about Kaling’s dress yet. I like it. McCarthy gets to be the funny one here, and I bet Kaling was struggling. “I don’t mind bald, just think about it,” McCarthy says. Winner: Jon Cryer! Duckie! He’s here, telling us not to panic as something has gone terribly wrong if he’s the winner. Aw! He thanks Chuck Lorre. This feels really nice, after all the hell Charlie Sheen put them all through. When Jon Cryer said “this is crazy” I totally started singing “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Who will make that?!

Stephen Colbert wants us to celebrate women. I want Julia to win for Veep. Or Poehler. Winner: JULIA LOUIS DREYFUS. DO YOU GUYS WATCH VEEP? It’s amazing. HBO! There’s a bit about how Julia switched notes with Amy Poehler by mistake, oops! Was that on purpose or not?! Anyway, Julia’s dress is amazing. She’s a genuine talent. “Isn’t it a shame that Amy Poehler didn’t win?” And cut to: Amy with a pencil. Aw! They rush Julia off the stage and have five seconds of silence, wtf is that?

Year in reality montage. Basically, crazy people doing crazy things. Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution gets a moment. Project Runway with Josh and Burt. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The Situation with Jersey Shore. The Voice. X-Factor. American Idol. Sophie from America’s Next Top Model. Top Chef. So you Think You Can Dance. Lots of happiness!

James Van der Beek and Damon Wayans Jr! HOT DAMN. They talk about the football game going on. Winner: Amazing Race. Which is a show I never watch, haha. Of the 207 shows I watch, of course one I don’t watch wins.

And I keep hearing beeps!

Sheldon Cooper doesn’t like the Emmys. He wants to see the accountants, though. “It’s two, two votes for Game of Thrones.” This is a good way to get us (the general public) interested in this boring part. The mental muscles from Brussels? Haaa. CPA! CPA!

The mic doesn’t work for Seth McFarlane… no, he’s just at the wrong mic. “This is what happens when you don’t come to reherasal. …That’s gonna be on YouTube.”

Tom Bergeron “I wanna thank my family, most of them know who they are.” He’s so good at live quips. I hate Dancing with the Stars most of the time, but he makes it worth watching. Bergeron needs to host the 2013 Emmys!

Hugh Laurie for House M.D.! Love him. So talented. And Claire Danes for Homeland… one of the best shows on TV. … to put so many great things there and then close with an image of Katharine McPhee in Smash is … insulting.

Claire Danes is pregnant? How did I not know this! More electric yellow. She pulls it off so well. Well, the top … could have more structure to it… but the color is good for her.

Peter Dinklage forever. He’s a fan favorite for a reason. But this Emmy is for Aaron Paul. I remember him on Big Love. “We’re in a room full of people just chasing their dreams…” A big shout-out to his fiancee Lauren for “looking at me the way you do. You truly saved me.” Awww.

Commercial for: Homeland DVD and Blu-ray available. I reviewed it. I think we also did a giveaway for it. I can hardly keep track of all the giveaways we hold these days. I know right nowe we have a Modern Family blu-ray giveaway! Have you even entered yet? The odds are in your favorite (noooo, I refuse to make a Hunger Games reference.)

Tracy Morgan is helping us post “OMG Tracy Morgan just passed out on stage at the Emmys. Turn ABC on now.” Now Morgan has to lay down. Kimmel has to hold his nun chucks, of course. And Morgan lays down. And he just stays there. But obviously we’d take him off the stage.

Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are presenting, meanwhile.  I love how the two of them turn to look at Tracy. They’re great actresses. I’m just not sure if I love their dresses… I don’t know.

An Emmy for the Homeland writers! “Wives, we love you!”

Maggie Smith! But she’s not here. Aw.

A promo for Nashville. People are DVRing this usually… or leaving to get snacks during commercials. So it’s interesting to think about how they decide if they want to buy commercials, and what the target demographic is… not just who is watching the show (that’s easier to find out) but who will be watching the commercials. It’s mostly older people without better technology.

Martha Plimpton won en Ammy! And the guy who was on Lost and then Breaking Bad.. whose name I forget and I’m allowed to because there are a lot of names in my mind right now!

Jimmy Kimmel wants to pay tribute to someone we all love but is still alive. Josh Groban (“You don’t know you’re beautiful”) is here to sing. We’re paying tribute to Jimmy Kimmel! And he even apologized to Matt Damon. “Sorry Matt Damon,” Groban sang. Nice!

Julianna Margulies. Love her. Can’t spell her name without Google, but I love her.

Damian Lewis has won an Emmy! “I’m one of those pesky Brits, apologies…” He’s charming. Kiss kiss.

“Would anyone like to trade an Emmy for a Hot Pocket?” – Kimmel

Tina Fey and John Hamm are presenting. Fey is very funny for this.

CLAIRE DANES WON! LOVE HER. I’m so glad she thanked the writers first! “Mandy Patinkin, holla.”

Aziz Ansari, Jane Levy! Why do so many people think Jane looks like Emma Stone? I don’t see it. Aziz does a great British accent, yup.

Ricky Gervais is here to be funny and insulting. But he did make Louis C.K. laugh! Gervais wishes he had been asked to host.

Snooki. Dear lord.

Jon Stewart! Loved seeing him and Stephen Colbert holding hands. Now they’re wrestling on the floor with Jimmy Fallon. I’m glad Kristen Wiig and Tina Fey were on the end seats, because they understand that kind of real comedy, while other starlets might have been like “WTF, weird!”

“They will know just how predicable these fking things are.” – Bleep bleep!

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Rosie Perez in a trailer for a new movie. Looks really great. Holly Hunter! “Won’t Back Down.” How is this the first I’m hearing of this?! I’m not a mother, but I still think it looks amazing.

Jimmy Kimmel introduces his parents then has them kicked out. Love it. Tracy Morgan is helping him out. One of his cousins is named Kool-aid, apparently.

Jessica Lange wins. I don’t think she watches Glee.

Ellen DeGeneres is wearing a skirt because Jimmy took her pants. Love the follow-through!

Kerry Washington is amazing in this pink sequined dress.

In Memoriam: Sherman Hemsley, aw. Phylis Diller, Andy Rooney, Tony Scott, Dick Clark

Commercial: Coco Rocha for White House Black Market

Commercial: Salma Hayek for Milk

Now I know why everyone is talking about Lucy Liu at the Emmys, she looks stunning. Will you guys be watching her new show, Elementary? I will.

DANNY STRONG! I love him. I had no idea he was nominated, how did I miss that? He is so genuine and amazing.

Winner: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin! Shes’ the third we’ve seen in this yellow color. Ha, Sarah Palin gave Moore’s performance a big thumbs down. Whatever to her. How do you not adore Julianne Moore? I wanna see Tina Fey and Julianna Moore standing next to each other, both dressed as Palin. You know, I even love Moore’s voice. She’s so bright and strong.

John Stewart went running around, and Kimmel pointed it out. Cute

Ginnifer Goodwin and Emily VanCamp are here to present. Snooze.

Kevin Costner won, and then tried to wax intelligent about the Olympics, saying that acting isn’t a sport. Way to make enemies out of every one of your peers.

HOMELAND! First best series for Showtime, ever! Dexter, Weeds, Nurse Jackie all get a shout-out! Big love for the Showtime family! They’re so great to us at Small Screen Scoop, too! Seriously, they’re one of my favorite networks in terms of press and how organized and friendly they are.

MODERN FAMILY! Deserved. Very deserved. Big love to Fox Home Entertainment, their press people are also at the TOP of their game. We actually have a Modern Family blu-ray giveaway going on RIGHT NOW! Did you enter yet?

I’m exhausted from typing and thinking and googling names and designers. I want to have a Diet Coke and… okay, watch more TV.

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