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Emmys 2014: 7 things overheard in the Emmys press room

Seven things overheard in the Emmys press room ...
A compilation of moments Emmy viewers missed from backstage in the press room

It was a night "Breaking Bad" proved victorious in its showdown with "True Detective." A night "Modern Family" couldn't be stopped. A night Julia Louis-Dreyfus swapped spit with Bryan Cranston. A night Gwen Stefani made us (almost) forget about John Travolta's epic name fail.

All moments from the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards captured for Monday's telecast. But what about the moments viewers don't get to see?

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For all the Emmy-philes reading this, the following is a compilation of some moments viewers missed from backstage in the press room:

 --Things got a bit awkward in the press area when it came time for Sarah Silverman, who had just won for writing on her HBO variety special "We Are Miracle." She was whisked into the press tent just as the Robin Williams tribute was underway. Sensing the bad timing, Silverman instead chose to watch the tribute from the monitors backstage before taking to the podium: "Lord have mercy," she said upon taking to the mic.

The mood was quickly lightened, for better or worse, when the topic of her liquid pot, which was revealed as an item in her clutch during the red carpet, was brought up.

"I had pot in my purse for later," she said. "It's legal and I don't drink! I like to have a puff as a treat at appropriate times." Is it a good luck charm, a reporter inquired: "Um, no."

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--A new installment of "Sherlock" in this century? Yes, perhaps? Steven Moffat, who received his first Emmy award for the PBS Masterpiece drama, told reporters backstage that shooting will begin in January for a special episode--at the same time he starts on more "Doctor Who." Then there will be three more "Sherlock" episodes he's working on later in the year.

"When they go out is up to the BBC," he said. [The series is commissioned by and made for BBC One in the U.K.]

But maybe all the time before their release will help fans prepare for what's in store, with Moffat saying that what he has planned will top last season.

"We have a plan ... I do think our plan is devastating," Moffat told reporters. "I reduced the cast to tears by telling the plan. We’re so excited about what we’ve got coming up. Honestly, I think we can [top last season]. I think we can."

Uh oh.

--"Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara experienced some controversy during Monday's telecast, after appearing in a gag segment on diversity in television. The bit had the actress standing on a rotating pedestal as Television Arts and Sciences President Bruce Rosenblum, signaling to her as evidence that TV has given viewers "something to look at." Social media did not take kindly to the satirical stunt, calling it sexist and objectifying.

After "Modern Family's" win in the comedy category, Vergara responded to the haters backstage. And, in her opinion, the joke was "absolutely the opposite" of objectification.

"It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself," she said. "And I think it's ridiculous and I think the person that (started it) should get a sense of humor."

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--Jessica Lange, queen of "American Horror Story," has a number of accolades under her belt. Monday night she added yet another Emmy to the list for her work on the FX anthology series, nabbing Emmy gold for lead actress in a miniseries or TV movie for her role as fading supreme witch Fiona Goode. What more could she want?

"I want to win the Belmont Stakes," she joked to reporters.

But fans are much more fun in the TV world. When sharing some odd fan interactions since starring in the Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk series, Lange told a story of a time she was walking down a street in New Orleans.

"I passed this group of young men sitting on a stoop and I heard this young man say "Holy [crap], the supreme!" And I thought that was the greatest thing ever."

As for whether "American Horror Story: Freak Show" will actually be her last season, as past hints have indicated, Lange played it coy, saying: "Who told you that?"

She added: "I'm actually looking forward to this season. I think it's going to be the most extraordinary that we've done. The potential is pretty extraordinary and if it can all come together and if we can keep on track I think it's going to be something really, really special."

--The following may shock you: Louis C.K. is sort of scared of his fans. After taking to the stage to accept an award for writing for a comedy series for his FX comedy "Louie," C.K.'s march through the press area included a revelation that fan encounters are an odd thing to him.

"I don't talk to [fans] much," he deadpanned. "I stay home. And I try to hide a lot. I'm not great at being a person who has fans. When you meet someone who is a big fan, it's a weird moment. It's strange."

--It was the kiss that generated laughs -- intentionally. When Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepted her shiny award for lead actress in a comedy -- her third consecutive win for her role in HBO's political satire "Veep" -- she found herself locking tongues with Bryan Cranston. The gag was set in motion as they co-presented an award when Cranston reminded Louis-Dreyfus of the screen time they shared in an episode of "Seinfeld." (Cranston guest-starred as dentist Tim Whatley, who briefly dated Louis-Dreyfus' Elaine.)

On her way to the stage later in the evening to accept her award, Louis-Dreyfus received another prize: an 11-second kiss from Cranston.

So, was it any good?

"You saw it on TV, you tell me," Louis-Dreyfus said backstage when fielding questions from the press. "It was pretty good, I think? He went for it. I appreciated that. He goes for it in everything he does."

-- "Breaking Bad" might have officially ended its goodbyes with last night's Emmy takeover, but don't think for one second Aaron Paul, who played endearing high school dropout-turned-meth-dealer on the AMC drama, will ever tire of saying his signature word (so feel free to ask when you see him!):

"I love saying the word 'bitch,'" Paul told reporters.

Times staff writers Nardine Saad and Amy Kaufman contributed to this report.

For more TV news, follow me on Twitter: @villarrealy

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