The Emmys are only days away. Out rolls the red carpet and the anticipation for TV's illustrious awards show mounts. ET was at the Nokia Theatre for the red-carpet rollout, a look at where the stars will be sitting on Sunday, and a preview from host Neil Patrick Harris.
After he unraveled the red carpet, Harris talked about the preparation that goes into hosting the show.
"The show...is like a big, giant wave that you surf. You can't not get smashed by it, so you just have to do as much preparation as you can and be ready for the big day," said Harris, who recently hosted the Tony Awards in June. "Then, when the big day comes, try to be as calm as you can and focused—and not as drunk as usual."
Millions of viewers will be not only watching the show on Sunday but also delivering their commentary throughout the show via social media.
According to Twitter, there were 1.02 billion television-related tweets posted during the past TV season (June 1, 2012-May 31, 2013), 39.4 million of which were about the Emmy-nominated shows. Leading all Emmy-nominated shows are reality singing shows The Voice (8.6 million) and American Idol (8.1 million), which accounted for 43 percent of all tweets about Emmy-nominated shows.
Leading all scripted shows is the oft-trending salacious drama Scandal, which heaped a massive 4.2 million tweets. The second-most tweeted scripted show, and the most-tweeted comedy, is Glee, which inspired nearly 3 million tweets this past year.
While the musical series is up for another four nominations, they come on a somber note, as cast member Cory Monteith died at the age of 31 due to drug overdose before the show's fifth season. Jane Lynch, who is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress, will tribute her late co-star during the show's in memoriam segment.
"We just wanted to honor specific people in a more unique way and not in a pander-y kind of way," Harris said of the scheduled tributes. "We thought that being able to speak about Cory's death without seeming to be profiting from it in any way seemed really appropriate."
Although the show will make proper tributes, it will be a night of celebration as always. Harris, star of How I Met Your Mother, was extolled for his hosting of the Tonys, particularly his flashy opening number. Emmys producer Ken Ehrlich said another sensational opening number is on the horizon.
"It's really exciting; it's never been done before. We asked the nominees of the choreography category if they would all get together, combine their talents, and come up with a number," Ehrlich previewed. "... [The dancers] are all from 'So You Think You Can Dance' ... [and] 'Dancing with the Stars,' so you can imagine the level of just how great this number's going to be."
Winners at this year's show will not only take home a glistening statuette but also a specially etched bottle of Beaulieu Vineyard's, the official wine of the Emmys for the past decade, Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Watch the video for more, including this year's seating assignments and a sneak peek at the green room and reception area.
Keep posted with ETonline this Sunday for full coverage of the Emmys, airing at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on CBS.
- Neil Patrick Harris
- The Voice
- Jane Lynch
- Dancing With The Stars
- American Idol
- Cory Monteith