The shiny golden statues! The sparkly ball gowns! The actors and actresses! Hold on ... what about the time?
Well, the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony lauding the best in prime-time television will be broadcast live beginning at 5 p.m. PDT (8 p.m. EDT) Sunday, Sept. 22, on CBS from the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
For those who crave major glimpses of the red carpet, the pre-broadcast takes place at 4 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. EDT).
Four-time Emmy-nominated actor Neil Patrick Harris returns as host — this time also playing producer with Ken Ehrlich.
"I couldn't be more honored and excited to be hosting this year's Emmy Awards," the "How I Met Your Mother" actor said. "And what perfect timing — I'll just do the exact same script I'm about to use for the Tonys. 'And the Emmy for best revival of a musical goes to "Breaking Bad"!' See, told you it works."
The telecast will pay tribute to late "Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini, "Family Ties" producer Gary David Goldberg, "Glee" star Cory Monteith, "All in the Family" cast member Jean Stapleton and "Mork and Mindy" actor Jonathan Winters. Six-time Emmy nominee Don Cheadle will lead a look back at television's role in the coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, followed by a performance from Grammy-winning artist Carrie Underwood honoring the music of that era.
Presenting duos to take the stage include Tina Fey with Amy Poehler, Kerry Washington with Diahann Carroll and Zooey with Emily Deschanel. The Emmy dais will also see Matt Damon, Sophia Vergara and Bryan Cranston, with a performance from Elton John. (It'll be his first time performing at the Emmys.) The Grammy-winning legend will pay tribute to the late performer Liberace. A biopic about Liberace, HBO's "Behind the Candelabra," is nominated for 15 awards. See photos of all the presenters here.
It was a first for Netflix Web-only series nominations, garnering 14 nods total — and proving broadcast and cable networks weren't the only players in the game. HBO picked up 108 nods — 27 more than last year, with the made-for-TV movie "Behind the Candelabra" leading the way. CBS and NBC tied with 53 nominations each.
FX's Gothic miniseries, "American Horror Story: Asylum," earned 17 nominations, among them best miniseries and lead actress for Jessica Lange. Coming in second was HBO's fantasy drama series "Game of Thrones," with 16 nods.
Last year, Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel encouraged viewers to share their thoughts on Twitter, especially those regarding Tracy Morgan's blackout on stage. The incident amassed 25,000 tweets, according to Mashabale. When tweeting this year, use the hashtag #Emmys.
While online, users can click on over to "Backstage Live," an all-access behind-the-scenes pass to the Emmys that will stream simultaneously on CBS.com, Yahoo.com and Emmys.com. Among the 15 cameras sprinkled backstage, fans can gawk at stars mingling and posing with their Emmy statuettes and even pull footage from the directors' feed.
Until then, the big day awaits.