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Emmys poll: Who should host in 2015?

Hosting a major awards show is a thankless task. Just ask David Letterman and Seth MacFarlane. (Don’t even bother asking James Franco.) Seth Meyers, who won almost unanimous praise for hosting the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2011, received mixed reviews in his first stint as Emmy host Monday night, with his hometown tabloid detractors pointing to a perception of passiveness that yielded the stage to other, more dynamic performers. But perhaps he should be commended for sharing the spotlight so generously, letting others shine, and keeping the three-hour show moving. Nothing wrong with getting by with a little help from one’s friends, especially when such friends are as funny as Amy Poehler, Andy Samberg, et al.

Looking at Meyers’ Emmys from a raw data perspective, his numbers were solid. He couldn’t compete with last year’s CBS telecast, which was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, but his show’s 10.9 rating was the second most-watched Emmys in eight years. Perhaps the audience would’ve been even larger if the Emmys had aired on the traditional Sunday night. (Or perhaps not, with stronger competition from Sunday night’s water-cooler cable shows.)

Either way, I’ll give Meyers a passing grade—though EW‘s critics were less generous—and am already looking ahead to 2015′s Emmys. Who should host next year? READ FULL STORY

Woman watches all the TV in EW's 24-Hour Emmys Binge Guide, lives

It is a massive undertaking that requires a Stevie Nicks dance party, forced insomnia, and the stamina to do a whole lot of sitting.

Dedicated fan Ellen Lloyd (@eel8) took up EW‘s challenge and livetweeted through an entire day’s worth of Emmy-nominated shows featured in the EW 24-Hour Binge Guide, with the Twitter time stamps to prove it. And Lloyd wasn’t messing around. Per the guide’s eating and drinking requests during various shows, Lloyd ate like the Dowager Countess during Downton Abbey with tea and Peppermint Milanos and drank like Scandal’s Olivia Pope (albeit in the form of a grape Popsicle in lieu of wine).

It wasn’t easy: Lloyd had to shirk off her distaste of Girls by watching the divisive “Beach House” episode, yet she managed to handle Dunham’s irresolute Brooklyn hipsters. It’s a feat to be admired, so Lloyd’s endeavor will henceforth be referred to in this post as “The Binge.” READ FULL STORY

Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm's Emmy losers party: See the invite here

The silver lining to being rejected by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences? Simple: You get an automatic invite to the official Losers Lounge party, sponsored by nine-time Emmy loser Amy Poehler and 11-time loser Jon Hamm.

“We figured that the winners get celebrated enough so we thought it was about time that the losers get celebrated,” Hamm told E! News a few days before this year’s Emmys telecast.
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Analysis: 'Breaking Bad' won social media on Emmys night

And the winner is Breaking Bad… again.

According to our analysis, Breaking Bad didn’t just snag the Emmy Awards’ highest honor Sunday night — the show was also the most popular Emmy-related topic across social media, even after discounting chatter about that night’s brand-new episode (which ran concurrently with 75 minutes of the Emmys). The race wasn’t even close: BB had three times as many mentions as the list’s second-place finisher, Outstanding Comedy winner Modern Family.

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On the scene at the Emmys: Five things you didn't know about the live show

Ah, The Emmys!  TV’s prom night — but with fewer virgins than your average high school dance.

The annual salute to the television industry’s best and brightest took place last night, as you may have heard (or seen flooded across your Twitter timeline). And while you saw the show as it was intended — on your television — seeing it play out from inside the Nokia Theater is an entirely different experience. Not to say it’s better or worse, simply different. A little eye-opening. A little magic-killing. And with much fewer snacks than you probably had at home.

Here are five things you probably didn’t know about what goes on during the show when you’re not watching: 
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Emmys 2013: The show's top five social moments were ...

In today’s world, when something happens on television that you either agree or disagree with, your reaction goes as follows: You scream at the television (in joy or rage), and then you take out your smartphone (or your iPad, laptop, etc.) and see what social media is saying. Twitter! Facebook! It’s how you manage not to watch anything alone. So after last night’s Emmys, which were packed full of surprises, which moments managed to get the most Facebook attention?

1. Breaking Bad wins Best Drama Series: Topping the list of most social moments on Facebook is the big win that Breaking Bad fans had been waiting for. And luckily, for East Coasters at least, they got to watch it happen live without missing even a minute of the show’s penultimate episode. And you know what? It almost made up for the fact that neither Aaron Paul nor Bryan Cranston took home a statue of their own. Almost. READ FULL STORY

Emmys 2013: We rank the acceptance speeches

The Emmys honor the best performances, but the Emmys telecast is all about celebrating the best speeches. Here’s how we called it:

1. Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: The night’s first winner had the most succinct speech: “Thank you so — Oh no! Thanks so much. Um. Thank you so much! Um…I gotta go. Bye,” she said. Backstage, she explained: “It’s hard to do those,” she said. “I’m scared. I’m scared. It was unexpected. I don’t know how to feel yet. I mean, I have therapy next week.”

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Emmys 2013: Kevin Spacey and other Hidden Gems

If you were too caught up in the mandated Death Grip of the 2013 Emmys, you may have missed its most sparkling moments — its hidden gems, if you will. (Hidden Gemmys? No! Terrible!) After the break: Claire Danes cackling behind Amy and Tina, choice reaction shots from Jeff Daniels, Bryan Cranston, and Aaron Paul, Kevin Spacey’s show-stealer, and more… READ FULL STORY

Emmys 2013: Edie Falco pays tribute to James Gandolfini -- VIDEO

In the fifth and final special “In Memoriam” tribute at tonight’s Emmy Awards, four-time Emmy winner Edie Falco delivered an emotional farewell to her longtime colleague and friend James Gandolfini — who died suddenly of a heart attack this past June.

Falco painted a portrait of a gentle, compassionate man who was nothing like the brutal mobster he played on HBO’s The Sopranos. “If you needed anything at all, ever, Jim was there to take care of it before you even had a chance to ask,” Falco said, visibly fighting tears. “You all knew James Gandolfini the actor. I was lucky enough to know Jim the man for 10 years as his close colleague and his pretend life partner, and for many more years as his friend. And it’s Jim the man, the very dear man, that I will miss most of all.”

See Falco’s speech below — but be sure to grab a hanky first.

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Emmys 2013: Neil Patrick Harris cuts loose in 'The Number in the Middle of the Show' -- VIDEO

And there it is.

EW knew host Neil Patrick Harris wouldn’t open tonight’s show with a big, splashy musical number. (How did we know? Because he told us so.) Still, we couldn’t help hoping that he’d still strap on his dancing shoes at some point — and finally, at the midpoint of tonight’s telecast, NPH did just that.

The song, appropriately enough, was called “The Number in the Middle of the Show.” And while it was definitely “fairly arbitrary” — NPH’s words, not ours — the bit still deserves points for getting Harris moving — as well as for pairing him with pinch-hitters Nathan Fillion and Sarah Silverman. Watch their shenanigans below:

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