Emmys 2016: Tatiana Maslany, Rami Malek, ‘Game of Thrones’ and Jimmy Kimmel lead a gala that reflects TV’s bold new age


What will Sunday’s 68th Primetime Emmy Awards be remembered for? “Game of Thrones” won best drama series, while “Veep” took home the top comedy award.“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” also earned five awards (plus four of last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys), while Julia Louis-Dreyfus made history with her fifth consecutive Emmy win in the lead comedy actress category. But what are people talking about most? Stirring speeches, such as Jill Soloway’s call to “topple the patriarchy,” Kate McKinnon setting Twitter on fire, Sandwich-gate and Tatiana Maslany getting a win for the clone-club.

Emmys party pics: See who came out to play at the Governors Ball

First party stop after the Emmy Awards? That would be the Governors Ball -- especially for the winners, because that’s where they go to get their statues engraved.

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After heading next door to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the lavish event, the stars not only celebrated their honors, they also found time to photo bomb each other, pose with fans or just be themselves.

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The best acceptance speeches of the 2016 Emmys

Sarah Paulson accepts the award for lead actress in a limited series or movie for "The People v. O.J. Simpson."
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The 2016 Primetime Emmys have come and gone, but its acceptance speeches will live on as endearing and memorable moments in awards show history.

The best speeches resonated in part because they seemed as though they embodied a ceremony that was marked with intense emotions and shot through with indications that the increasingly inclusive landscape of “Peak TV” is here to stay.


“Asian parents out there — if you could do me a favor — just a couple of you get your kids cameras instead of violins, we’ll be all good.” — Alan Yang, writer for a comedy, “Master of None”

Accepting with “Master of None” co-creator Aziz Ansari, Yang delivered an early speech that set the tone for the night to come, talking about the importance of Asian American representation in pop culture and his hope that his show was just the beginning.

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Sophie Turner’s Emmy reveals: A ‘crazy’ season on ‘Game of Thrones’ and why she and Maisie Williams got matching tattoos

Sophie Turner arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards.
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“Who are you wearing?” It’s is the perennial red carpet question. And during this year’s Emmys arrivals “Game of Thrones’” Sophie Turner answered in typical fashion, telling E! News’ Giuliana Rancic that her black lace gown was Valentino, her jewelry was Forevermark and her shoes were Louboutin.

But it was what Turner had on her arm that made news on the Emmys red carpet.

“We got matching tattoos!” said Turner about the skin engravings she and fellow “Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams had done a few days before the Emmys.

“I got it in peach,” Turner said, “because my mum was like, ‘Make sure it doesn’t show up!’”

The tattoos read “07.08.09” for the date Turner and Williams got their “Game of Thrones” parts as sisters Sansa and Arya Stark.

The two are hoping these aren’t the last matching tattoos they’ll have done.

“We were always planning from Season 1, if we make it all the way through, hopefully we can all get a matching wolf or something. But we don’t know if we’re going to make it, so Maisie and I were like, ‘OK, let’s get these ones before anyone kills us.’ Which is so possible.”

And what does she know about what’s possible in the coming season?

“I was actually speechless,” Turner said about what she read in the scripts for Season 7. “This season is unbelievable. I think fans are going to be really satisfied. It’s crazy.”


The Emmys red carpet was a jewel box of color and sparkle — with a slice of lemon yellow

From left, Padma Lakshmi, Sarah Paulson and Angela Bassett.
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The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards red carpet may have physically taken place in downtown Los Angeles, but for several hours Sunday, it felt as if the red carpet ran through the middle of a Rodeo Drive gem vault thanks to an abundance of sparkle-embellished gowns, jewel-toned dresses and rich, velvet fabrics.

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Among the standouts of the sparkle squad were Shiri Appleby in a bright-blue body-hugging sequin number from Diane von Furstenberg and America Ferrera’s midnight blue sequin embellished strappy gown from the pre-spring/summer 2017 Jenny Packham collection.

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Jimmy Kimmel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus acknowledge a divisive election year as the Emmys get political

Julia Louis-Dreyfus said during her acceptance speech for lead actress in a comedy: “I think that 'Veep' has torn down the wall between comedy and politics."
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

This year’s Emmys were much more than just glamour, statues and self-congratulations. The impact of this year’s national election, with all its divisiveness and acrimony, received more than its share of attention.

Host Jimmy Kimmel got the political ball rolling right away in the ceremony’s pre-taped opening. Hitching a ride to the show, Kimmel bounced among rides including the white Bronco from “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” vehicle before winding up in the passenger seat beside a “between jobs” Jeb Bush, playing a chauffeur.

“Here’s what I know: If you run a positive campaign, the voters will make the right choice,” the former Republican presidential candidate told Kimmel. When the host exited the car, Bush proclaimed “Jeb, exclamation point!” and pumped his fist as he peeled away with a shot of his familiar “Jeb!” bumper sticker in view.

Kimmel later jokingly chastised reality show producer Mark Burnett, contending that Burnett was responsible for the creation of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump due to Trump’s role on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” which Burnett created.

“Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don’t have to watch reality shows anymore — we’re living one,” Kimmel said. “If it wasn’t for television, would Donald Trump be running for president?”

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Jimmy Kimmel and the Emmys tout — and pat themselves on the back for — their diversity

Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Though the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday celebrated television’s best moments, the ceremony gave near equal time to celebrating its own newfound diversity — and joking about the Oscars’ lack of it.

“This year’s nominees are the most diverse ever,” host Jimmy Kimmel said in his opening monologue of a field that included 18 nominees of color for acting awards and several women in directing categories.

“And here in Hollywood, the only thing that we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity. I’ll tell you, the Emmys are so diverse this year, the Oscars are now telling people we’re one of their closest friends.”

The night’s big winners reflected television’s move toward a more realistic and representative mix of shows, and away from the industry’s very male, very white traditions. Top winners included “Mr. Robot’s” Rami Malek for lead actor in a drama, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’s” Courtney B. Vance for lead actor in a limited series or movie and “The Night Manager’s” Susanne Bier for directing a limited series, movie or dramatic special.

Where the Oscars almost felt uncomfortable joking about race — there were no acting nominees of color, thus the #OscarsSoWhite movement — during its telecast this year, the Emmys reveled in it — and also patted itself on the back.

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A stunned Rami Malek, a teary Julia Louis-Dreyfus and other memorable Emmys moments

Alan Yang, left, accepts the Emmy for comedy writing with Aziz Ansari.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

There were some inevitabilities going in to the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night: “The People v. O.J. Simpson” would win big, Maggie Smith wouldn’t show up even if she won, and we’d hear lots of Donald Trump jokes.

But the telecast, hosted for the second time by Jimmy Kimmel, proved to be a night marked by unexpected wins and funny, heartfelt speeches. Here’s a look at some of the evening’s most memorable moments.

Another low-speed car chase

Two of this year’s most-discussed series focused on the 2-decade-old O.J. Simpson trial, so it was hardly surprising that the Emmys telecast kicked off with a montage inspired by Simpson’s infamous low-speed car chase.

Kimmel’s attempt to reach the Microsoft Theater in downtown L.A. began in a white Bronco driven by Malcolm-Jamal Warner and continued in vehicles with the “Modern Family” Dunphy family, “Late Late Show” host James Corden, “Veep” President Selina Meyer (who made a fantastically off-color joke about LBJ, Lyndon Baines Johnson) and presidential candidate-turned-Uber-driver Jeb Bush. (“If you run a positive campaign, the voters will ultimately make the right choice,” he told Emmy nominee Kimmel.) The host’s arduous commute culminated in a ride on the back of one of Daenerys Targaryen’s “Game of Thrones” dragons — which set Ryan Seacrest ablaze.

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How Jimmy Kimmel’s Emmy jabs — and Jeb’s exclamation point — was in sync with TV’s new bold age

Host Jimmy Kimmel hands out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during the 68th Emmy Awards show in Los Angeles.
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“Please tell me you are seeing this too.”

That was Rami Malek’s first comment after winning the award for lead actor in a drama at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

It was a sly reference to the narration his alienated and occasionally hallucinating character provides USA’s “Mr. Robot,” but it was also a fine summary of Sunday night’s telecast in its ability to reflect the changing nature of television.

In less than 10 years, television has gone from self-loathing despair to giddy disbelief over its elevated status, and now it appears to be entering an age of acceptance.

Television is now confident enough to make fun of even its sacred cows.

— Mary McNamara

From the moment Jimmy Kimmel allowed his initially disappointing “I have to get to the Emmys” opening to be carjacked by Jeb Bush as the Uber driver piloting the limo of “Veep’s” President Selina Meyer, he was a host on fire. At times literally. The opening bit ended with Kimmel hitching a ride on Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon from “Game of Thrones” and roasting Ryan Seacrest as he wound up the red carpet coverage for E!

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“Friday Night Lights” may be gone, but at least the Emmys brought Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler together again.


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Actors at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards discuss what inspired them to get into the entertainment industry.


‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ at the Emmy Awards: A new verdict on the case

Sarah Paulson, center, hugs Marcia Clark after winning the Emmy for lead actress in a limited series or movie at the Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

It was Sarah Paulson’s moment — but it belonged just as much to Marcia Clark.

Paulson had just won the Emmy for lead actress in a limited series or movie for her portrayal of the former L.A. County prosecutor in FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and she used her time onstage to both thank and apologize to Clark, who failed to win a conviction in the case.

More than two decades ago, the Simpson trial in Los Angeles provided a flashpoint on race, criminal justice, domestic violence and celebrity while offering punch lines galore. On Sunday night at the Emmys, all those elements were again on display — along with a rare moment of public vindication.

“The more I learned about the real Marcia Clark‎ — not the two-dimensional cardboard cutout I saw on the news but the complicated, whip-smart giant-hearted mother of two who woke up every day, put both feet on the floor and dedicated herself to ‎righting an unconscionable wrong,” Paulson said. She noted that “I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial and careless in my judgment.”

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Tatiana Maslany on the representation of women on ‘Orphan Black’

Backstage after her Emmy win for lead actress in a drama, “Orphan Black” anchor Tatiana Maslany expanded on her Grammy speech, noting the importance of portraying diverse characters on television.

“It’s a real point of pride for all of us on the show — there’s so much positivity in terms of representation and the way young girls were seeing themselves portrayed on the screen,” she said.

“The LGBT community reached out to us as well — there is an immense joy in getting to tell women’s stories that we don’t normally see.”


Tatiana Maslany finally wins an Emmy; Clone Club celebrates

Tatiana Maslany holds up her Emmy Award for lead actress in a drama series.
Tatiana Maslany holds up her Emmy Award for lead actress in a drama series.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

For the first time since “Orphan Black’s” premiere in 2013, fans of the show have a reason to celebrate on Emmys night.

Tatiana Maslany won the 2016 Emmy Award for lead actress in a drama series on Sunday, an accolade that members of the show’s Clone Club feel has been long overdue.

Maslany has portrayed more than 10 characters so far during the course of the series and was, in fact, credited for more roles in her nomination than the rest of the lead drama actress nominees combined.

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Stars and their Emmys: A love story

After walking off the stage as a newly brandished Emmy winner, some of TV’s biggest stars take time to pose with their Emmys -- many with a kiss, and some with wide-eyed astonishment.

Here’s some looks at that celebratory moment.

John Travolta of "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Veep."
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of "Key & Peele"
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Patton Oswald of "Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping."
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black."
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Sarah Paulson of "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Susanne Bier of "The Night Manager."
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)


HBO and FX reign over the Emmys with ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’

Ryan Murphy, left, and John Travolta accept the award for limited series for "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Thanks to O.J. Simpson, the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards partied like it was 1995.

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” the FX limited series that dramatized the sensational murder case and trial that divided a nation more than two decades ago, became the most celebrated program of the year at Sunday’s ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater and telecast on ABC.

The series won five trophies, including the award for limited series, movie or special. It was also honored for limited series actor (Courtney B. Vance), actress (Sarah Paulson), supporting actor (Sterling K. Brown) and writing (D.V. DeVincentis).

On the series side, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” marched into Emmy history with three wins, including drama series, for the second consecutive year. The series now has the most Emmy wins of any drama or comedy in history, with 38, surpassing the previous record of 37 held by “Frasier.”

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Tatiana Maslany and Rami Malek — you probably didn’t have them in your Emmy pool

It was more revenge for the nerds Sunday night as, one year after “Game of Thrones” took its first drama series Emmy, the night’s top drama acting prizes went to a pair of young performers — Tatiana Maslany and Rami Malek — from genre shows very much beloved by the Comic-Con crowd.

Maslany won the lead actress in a drama Emmy for “Orphan Black,” a trippy sci-fi thriller that has the 30-year-old Canadian-born actress playing multiple clones. It was her second nomination and first victory.

“I feel so lucky to be on a show that puts women at the center,” Maslany said from the stage.

Malek, 35, meanwhile, won the lead actor in a drama Emmy on his first try for the debut season of “Mr. Robot,” in which he plays Elliot, a lonely, delusional cyber-vigilante aiming to bring down the world’s biggest corporation and, in the process, eliminate debt and right income inequality.

“Please tell me you’re seeing this too,” a surprised Malek said, playing off the character’s paranoia. (Earlier, he had told E! he was practicing his losing face.)

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus makes Emmy history

Julia Louis-Dreyfus made Emmy history Sunday night, winning her sixth award for comedy lead actress.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus made Emmy history Sunday night, winning her sixth award for comedy lead actress.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

If Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Emmy win had a familiar ring, it was because the 55-year-old actress made history Sunday night.

Louis-Dreyfus won her sixth lead actress in a comedy Emmy — and fifth in a row — for her turn as career politician Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep,” giving her the most wins ever in that category. She had shared the record with Mary Tyler Moore and Candice Bergen.

Louis-Dreyfus’ five-year run in the category is another record, eclipsing the four consecutive years Helen Hunt won for “Mad About You” from 1996-99.

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So what was on the menu at the Emmy after-party?

Winner John Oliver at the Governor's Ball.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were far from the only item on the menu at the Emmy Awards. Those who attended the Governors Ball at the L.A. Convention Center were treated to a far more elegant meal.

After-party guests were welcomed with a fabulous three-course dinner prepared by Patina Restaurant Group master chef and founder Joachim Splichal, executive chef of culinary Gregg Wiele and executive pastry chef Frania Mendivi.

So what was on the menu? The main course consisted of thyme-roasted tenderloin and slow-braised short rib, wild mushroom pithivier, rapini, rainbow carrots and caramelized shallot jus.

Dessert was a tropical coconut mousse, torched meringue and exotic fruit.

Unknown if juice boxes were available.


A strange twist in the tale of the Emmy sandwiches

Caleb McLaughlin distributes sandwiches at the Emmy Awards.
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The sandwich plot thickens.

One of the most talked about and surprisingly controversial moments of this year’s Emmys was the delivery of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the crowd, a number of which were gifted to the audience by the young stars of “Stranger Things.”

But guess who didn’t have a sandwich? Uh, the kids from “Stranger Things.”

“They didn’t offer us any! I guess because we were the offer-ers,” said Caleb McLaughlin.

“Yeah, we were just the delivery guys!” Gaten Matarazzo said in agreement from their table at the Governors Ball, the official Grammy after-party at the L.A. Convention Center.


Marcia Clark watches as her name is engraved on Sarah Paulson’s Emmy

Inside the Emmy Awards “winners circle,” flanked by large Emmy statues, the victors gathered to have their golden ladies engraved with their names and category honors.

The trophies are placed on a plexiglass stand and the engravers, wearing white gloves, get to work on placing the info on the trophy.

Patton Oswalt grabbed a glass of Champagne before having his Emmy engraved. As he waited, he tapped his fingers and leaned in to watch the process. As if the statue wasn’t enough, each award-winner was also gifted with a box of Sterling wine that looked to outweigh the awards themselves.

Aziz Ansari checked his phone as he waited for his personalization to be done. Meanwhile, “Master of None” co-creator Alan Yang pulled out his phone to take a photo of the engravers getting to work on his trophy.

“One guest and one Emmy,” security told those who were trying to sneak into the elite area.

As Paulson headed to the winners circle to have her trophy engraved, it became clear she was no longer stag. She asked security to allow Marcia Clark, who trailed behind her, to come through with her. Voila, Clark got the nod.

The women laughed and giggled as they watched the process, then Paulson showed some onlookers her statuette: Clark’s name had been etched onto it as well.

It’s customary for winner’s trophies to engrave the name of the actor and the character they played at the bottom, but it’s a special treat to witness this happen directly in front of their real life counterpart.

“It was an amazing night,” the former prosecutor said. “I’m so glad I could share it with her.”


The Governors Ball transforms the L.A. Convention Center with over 700 floral arrangements

The entrance to the Emmy Awards' Governors Ball, themed Nature's Elegance, photographed on a media preview day.
(Rich Fury / Associated Press)

Those freebie juice boxes were a distant memory once guests got to the Governors Ball at the Los Angeles Convention Center: They were greeted with water and bubbly as they walked into the Nature’s Elegance-themed party.

Christian Slater of USA’s “Mr. Robot” stopped to pose for photographers even though there wasn’t a red carpet. Ryan Murphy, clutching his “People v. O.J. Simpson” trophy, shook hands with Slater and got congratulations before making his way inside.

Leslie Jones strolled through bopping her head to Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” which played on the speakers outside.

Louie Anderson showed up clasping his trophy behind his back. Aziz Ansari’s parents still had their Emmys program booklet in hand when they made the scene.

Remember what Jill Soloway said about toppling the patriarchy? Well, a couple of men were already in service to their wives by the time the party started. Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ husband, Brad Hall, was holding her Emmy, and Jimmy Kimmel was holding Molly McNearney’s train.

The couples exchanged handshakes, then Louis-Dreyfus photobombed Kimmel and McNearney as they posed for photos.

The space was dripping with greenery and flowers. The more than 700 floral arrangements incorporated roses, hydrangeas, succulents, even herbs.

Upon arrival, winners were yelled at by photographers who wanted them to pose with their statues.

“What do you want me to do?” Jeffery Tambor said with a puzzled look. He hesitated to come closer to the camera before relenting and giving the photographer what he was asking for by hamming it up with his award.

Regina King, however, had her eyes on a prize as she arrived. What would she do first?

“Get something to eat or drink ...,” she said. “One of the two!”

Tom Hiddleston stood feet away from Leslie Jones, who looked awestruck as she watched everything around her. Courtney B. Vance strolled over to the winners circle to have his statue engraved by a team of people wearing white gloves.

One unusual pairing: Dennis Haskins and Charo.

“She’s got to put her skirt on, it fell off,” the man best known as “Saved by the Bell’s” Mr. Belding told photographers as the “cuchi cuchi” entertainer tried to get a wayward section of her skirt clipped back into place.

For the record (Sept. 18, 11:32 p.m.): An earlier version of those post misidentified Dennis Haskins as Dennis Hastert.


Henry Winkler pays tribute to ‘Happy Days’ creator Garry Marshall at the Emmys

Henry Winkler pays tribute to the late Garry Marshall at the Emmys on Sunday night.
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Henry Winkler introduced the Emmys’ “In Memoriam” segment and paid tribute to a dear friend: Garry Marshall, the creator of “Happy Days,” who died in July at age 81.

“He gave me my career,” Winkler said. “Anybody that was lucky enough to meet him changed their life.”

Winkler starred as Fonzie in “Happy Days” from 1974-1984, becoming something of a pop cultural icon of the time in the process.

“Garry would always say, ‘Other people make important television. I make recess,’ ” Winkler said. Then, as he gestured to the sky: “So, on behalf of all of us, thank you for inviting us into your schoolyard.”

Read the complete obituary for Garry Marshall.


Why all the love for ‘People v. O.J.’? ‘The case touches on everything that America is obsessed about’

Ryan Murphy and John Travolta accept the Emmy for outstanding limited series for "The People v. O.J. Simpson."
(Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

The so-called trial of the century became one of the major stories of this year’s Emmys.

“In the wrong hands,” said writer-producer Ryan Murphy, “it could have been very tabloid-y.”

Murphy, speaking to reporters backstage, made sure to single out the “People v. O.J. Simpson” writers, including D.V. DeVincentis, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Joe Robert Cole. The trial and its attendant media circus essentially gave birth to reality TV.

“The case touches on everything that America is obsessed about: race, gender, class and justice -- and the fact that justice is not blind, not nearly as it wants to be,” producer Nina Jacobson said. “This case was so divisive at the time. Our hope was giving people access to characters that had become caricatures, people would look at it with new eyes.”

John Travolta said he had “so much joy” portraying Robert Shapiro and “felt like I knew what he was about in the beginning.” Travolta, who left the small screen for the big screen early in his career, is of course one of many movie actors returning to TV.

“I think your important artists are attracted to the freedom of expression that is, believe it or not, more visible in TV than in the movies right now,” he said.

Said producer Brad Simpson, “We were driven by creative jealousy toward TV.”


Awards for award shows: Can the Emmy Awards win an Emmy?

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Can the Emmys win an Emmy?

Seriously, the Oscars have won Emmys. The Globes have won Emmys. The Grammys have won Emmys. And yes, back in the ‘70s, the Emmys won a couple of Emmys too.

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It last happened in 1977, when “The 28th Annual Emmy Awards” took home a couple of statuettes. There were a couple of Emmys-related nominations in 1978 as well, but no wins.

Clearly, awards shows gushing over other awards shows isn’t going anywhere -- the Oscars and Tonys got Emmy nods this year, but no wins -- but giving an Emmy to the Emmys?

It feels disturbingly like feeding poultry to a chicken.


Emmys, go for the free lipstick, stay for the sandwiches

Not everyone has to leave the Emmy Awards empty-handed. Losers can stuff their purses full of L’Oreal mascara, lipstick in “Blake” pink color and an under eye de-puffer.

It’s a win-win for those in need of free lipstick.


Tatiana Maslany praises ‘Orphan Black’ in Emmys speech


Complete list of 2016 Emmy nominations and winners

The cast and crew of "Veep" celebrate their win for comedy series.
(Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

The show is over. So who went home with an Emmy trophy in hand, and who just went home? Here’s the full rundown of the 68th Primetime Emmy Award winners and nominations.

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It was a parade of Taylor Swift exes at the Emmy Awards

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We’re sure it’s just an accident but Tom Hiddleston was on hand to announce the winner for directing in a limited series (an award that went to his director for AMC’s “The Night Manager,” Susanne Bier) and after the award was presented, the transition to commercial was lead by none other than John Mayer, on guitar in the Emmy band.

We’re sure it’s just an accident that the awards featured two prominent Taylor Swift exes back to back but it’s much more fun to imagine that it wasn’t.

Definitely just an accident.


The 2016 Emmy sandwich saga continues

Despite the rousing applause the “Stranger Things” youths received from the crowd, the great controversy over Jimmy Kimmel’s Mother’s sandwiches continues to grow.

En route to the Governor’s Ball, the official after party for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, a complaint about the peanut butter and jelly concoction was overheard.

One Emmy guest was particularly irate that something with nuts was passed out wide: “You never just hand out peanut butter. That’s such a liability.”

Follow our full coverage of the Emmys sandwich story here and here.


John Oliver was pretty disappointed by a Beyonce-less Emmys

John Oliver and the crew of “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” accept the award for variety talk series.
(Chris Pizzello / Invision/Associated Press)

I thought Beyonce was gonna be here. I saw a seating chart and I was supposed to be sitting two rows behind her and I was going to stare at her head and experience happiness in a way I haven’t felt before … so this evening is a bit disappointing.

— John Oliver, despite winning multiple awards at the 2016 Emmys


‘Game of Thrones’ wins drama series

The other nominees were:

“The Americans”

“Better Call Saul”

“Downton Abbey”


“House of Cards”

“Mr. Robot”

See the full list of winners and nominees here.


The Emmys band isn’t winning any friends with ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’

Write-/producer Ryan Murphy, left, and actor John Travolta accept outstanding limited series for "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."
(Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

The official Emmy Awards band isn’t making any friends with how promptly it is playing the winners off the stage. After interrupting “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” producer Nina Jacobson during her portion of the acceptance speech for limited series, the band garnered unhappy looks from Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown.

The audience also registered their displeasure at the band by roundly booing.


‘Veep’ wins comedy series

The other nominees were:


“Master of None”

“Modern Family”

“Silicon Valley”


“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

See the full list of winners and nominees here.


Tatiana Maslany explains how she keeps the seven characters she plays separate on ‘Orphan Black’

Tatiana Maslany, the star of “Orphan Black,” talks about creating different body movements for the myrid of characters she plays — and not getting a moment to reset between gear shifts.

I really, really wish I had time to be still in a room by myself between characters. But I don’t. They just throw me into the next outfit; it’s very quick.

— Tatiana Maslany



Tatiana Maslany wins lead actress in a drama series for ‘Orphan Black’

The other nominees were:

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”

Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Keri Russell, “The Americans”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

See the full list of winners and nominees here.


2016 Emmys sandwich update

(Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times)

The peanut butter and jelly sandwiches handed out at the Emmys were carted out in the familiar blue bags of a certain retail furniture giant.

Meanwhile Times reporter Gerrick Kennedy has the details about the sandwiches.

Follow our full coverage of the Emmys sandwich story here.


Rami Malek wins lead actor in a drama series for ‘Mr. Robot’

The other nominees were:

Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”

Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

See the full list of winners and nominees here.


Holland Taylor tweets her praise from afar to partner and Emmy-winner Sarah Paulson

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The last thing Sarah Paulson did before thanking everyone at the end of her acceptance speech was to tell her partner, Holland Taylor, that she loves her. As for Taylor, who was unable to attend tonight’s ceremony because she’s currently in New York, she’s been busy on Twitter tweeting at Paulson with all her heart.


In the Emmy lobby: People continue to be unhappy about a ‘dry’ Emmys

Every star under the sun seems to be inside the Microsoft Theater for the Emmys, but the one thing all of that star power can’t get inside the room is booze.

“The Voice” host Carson Daly walked out to the lobby, Emmy in hand, and yelled to the bartender, “You guys selling beer out here?” Daly turned, disappointed and walked away.

Apparently, those juice boxes are all you get.


Emmys photos: See the show highlights

Jill Soloway accepts the award for directing in a comedy series for her work on "Transparent."
Jill Soloway accepts the award for directing in a comedy series for her work on “Transparent.”
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts the award for lead actress in a comedy series for "Veep."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts the award for lead actress in a comedy series for “Veep.”
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Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang accept the award for writing for a comedy series for "Master of None."
Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang accept the award for writing for a comedy series for “Master of None.”
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What’s the biggest Emmy upset so far?

So far, things have been pretty predictable at the Emmys. But there have been a few unexpected names called.

We’re asking on Twitter: What’s been the biggest upset of the night so far?


Hillary Clinton congratulates Kate McKinnon on Emmy win

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Kate McKinnon’s impersonations of Democratic presidential Hillary Clinton nominee no doubt contributed to her taking home the Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy.

But Clinton is doling out congratulations. She tweeted her support with a GIF of the comedian in character.

And Clinton is not alone in her love for McKinnon.


Ben Mendelsohn wins supporting actor in a drama series for ‘Bloodline’

The other nominees were:

Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones”

Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”

Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

See the full list of winners and nominees here.


Miguel Sapochnik wins directing for a drama series for ‘Game of Thrones’

The other nominees were:

Michael Engler, “Downton Abbey”

Jack Bender, “Game of Thrones”

Lesli Linka Glatter, “Homeland”

Steven Soderbergh, “The Knick”

David Hollander, “Ray Donovan”

See the full list of winners and nominees here.


Maggie Smith wins supporting actress in a drama series for ‘Downton Abbey’

The other nominees were:

Maura Tierney, “The Affair”

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”

Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”

Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones”

Constance Zimmer, “UnREAL”

See the full list of winners and nominees here.


Remember when Donald Trump sang ‘Green Acres’ at the 2006 Emmy Awards?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared with Megan Mullally (who was channeling her Karen Walker character from “Will & Grace”) at the 2006 Emmy Awards. Together they sang the “Green Acres” theme song that run from 1965 to 1971. That happened.


Jeffrey Tambor: I’d like to be the last cisgender man playing a transgender woman

Actor Jeffrey Tambor, winner of Best Actor in a Comedy Series for 'Transparent', poses in the press room during the 68th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater.
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When Jeffrey Tambor took the Emmys stage Sunday night, accepting the award for best actor in a comedy series for his role as a transgender woman in “Transparent,” he made a statement: that cisgender men playing transgender women must stop. He doubled down on that thought backstage.

“I just hope there are more opportunities for transgender talent,” he said. “I would very much like to be the last cisgender male playing a transgender female. I think we are there now.”

But change comes slowly, even in Hollywood. To wit: Matt Bomer will be playing a transgender sex worker in the upcoming film “Anything.” (It’s executive produced by Mark Ruffalo.)

Transgender people have experienced unprecedented visibility in the last two years, aided in part by the success of folks like actress Laverne Cox and author Janet Mock. All too often however, the trans characters in mainstream media are not played by transgender people. Cox, on “Orange Is the New Black” is one of the few exceptions, and in her presentation of the directing in a variety special award, she echoed Tambor’s statement.

With his speech, Tambor joins a growing list of advocates for transgender people playing transgender characters on film and television.

“It would be one thing if trans people had told their stories for hundreds of years,” said writer/director/producer Jill Soloway, “but they haven’t. It’s really a problem. It’s time to hand out the keys to the kingdom and open the gates.”

Tambor’s speech was well-received on social media and among the trans community, many of whom have been advocating the same idea for years. Of note was Jen Richards, of the Emmy-nominated Web series “Her Story,” who openly critiqued the casting of Bomer earlier this year. Richards was recently cast on CMT’s “Nashville.” She’ll play the network’s first transgender character and be the first out transgender actor on the network.

“I really cried,” she tweeted, after watching the speech. “We are making a difference. Our voices do have power.”

And why is having trans people play trans characters important? Because representation matters.

For the record (Sept. 19, 12:23 a.m.): An earlier version of this post wrongly attributed to Jill Soloway’s quote to Jeffrey Tambor.


‘Game of Thrones’ episode ‘Battle of the Bastards’ win took 25 days, $10 million-plus -- and a giant

“Battle of the Bastards,” the most ambitious “Game of Thrones” episode to date, ran up some impressive numbers on its way to the 2016 Emmy Awards. A sampling:

Bastards: 2

Armies: 2

Horses: 70-80

Giants: 1

Horses punched by giants: 1

Punches Jon Snow threw at Ramsay Bolton: 23

Days since Ramsay Bolton last fed his attack dogs: 7

Second chances Sansa Stark gave Ramsay Bolton: 0

Boltons remaining at end of episode: 0

Seriously, staging a $10-million-plus episode that takes viewers’ breath away means lots of people and other moving parts. Click the link below for more statistics from “Battle of the Bastards” and other epic “Game of Thrones” installments.

The biggest ‘Game of Thrones’ battles, by the numbers >>


David Benioff and D.B. Weiss win writing for a drama series for ‘Game of Thrones’

The other nominees were:

Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg, “The Americans”

Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey”

Robert King, Michelle King, “The Good Wife”

Sam Esmail, “Mr. Robot”

Marti Noxon, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, “UnReal”

See the full list of winners and nominees here.


‘Key & Peele’ wins variety sketch series

The other nominees were:

“Documentary Now!”

“Drunk History”

“Inside Amy Schumer”


“Saturday Night Live”

See the full list of winners and nominees here.


Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski win directing for a variety special for ‘Grease: Live’

The other nominees were:

Beth McCarthy-Miller, “Adele Live in New York City”

Chris Rock, “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo”

Louis J. Horvitz, “58th Grammy Awards”

Glenn Weiss, “The Kennedy Center Honors”

Kahlil Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles Carter, “Lemonade”

See the full list of winners and nominees here.


‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ wins variety talk series

The other nominees were:

“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”

“The Late Late Show With James Corden”

“Real Time With Bill Maher”

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

See the full list of winners and nominees here.


Sterling K. Brown on his intense moments playing Christopher Darden in ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’

Sterling K. Brown won the Emmy for supporting actor in a limited series for his role as Christopher Darden in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

Awards columnist Glenn Whipp pointed out that Sterling K. Brown was the first Emmy winner to bring the audience to its feet.

“He seemed shell-shocked by the reaction. But not so much that he didn’t kill it with his speech. ‘Thanks for giving a brother a chance.’ He took that opportunity and delivered,” Whipp said.

Earlier this year, Brown sat down with us to talk about what it was like to play the character in those pivotal scenes. Watch:

VIDEO: Watch Sterling K. Brown, who plays Christopher Darden, talk about converging with his character in the glove scene of “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”


Patton Oswalt wins writing for a variety special for ‘Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping’

The other nominees were:

Amy Schumer, “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo”

John Mulaney, “John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid”

Tig Notaro, “Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted”

“Triumph’s Election Special 2016”

See the full list of winners and nominees here.