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Complete Guide to the 2016 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Pre-Shows, Governors Ball & Fun Facts

Maj Canton - September 17, 2016




This Sunday night, September 18, 2016 LIVE from 5-8pm PT / 8-11pm ET on ABC, television celebrates its best and brightest when the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hands out its golden trophies at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hosting the festivities this year is late-night host Jimmy Kimmel who is helming the Primetime Emmy telecast for the second time. (He also hosted in 2012.) GAME OF THRONES is once again the most nominated series with 23 nominations, while VEEP secured the most comedy nominations with 17 and THE PEOPLE VS. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY secured the most limited series nominations with 22.

LIST OF NOMINEES: see nominees

DOWNLOAD YOUR PARTY BALLOT: print this Emmy ballot and make your picks. (source: The Gold Knight)




  • Anthony Anderson – nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for BLACK-ISH (ABC)
  • Aziz Ansari – nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for MASTER OF NONE (Netflix)
  • Kristen Bell – star of GOOD PLACE (NBC)   
  • Julie Bowen – two-time Emmy winner, MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
  • Priyanka Chopra – star of QUANTICO (ABC)
  • James Corden – triple nominee, Outstanding Interactive Program, Outstanding Variety Music Or Comedy Special, Outstanding Variety Series Talk for THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN (CBS)
  • Larry David – previous Emmy winner and current nominee, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for SNL (NBC), CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
  • Taraji P. Henson – nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for EMPIRE (FOX)
  • Randall Park – star of FRESH OFF THE BOAT (ABC)
  • Andy Samberg – Golden Globe winner, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (FOX)
  • Liev Schreiber – nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for RAY DONOVAN (SHOWTIME)
  • Michael Weatherly – star of BULL (CBS)
  • Kyle Chandler – Previous Emmy winner and current nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – BLOODLINE (Netflix)
  • Bryan Cranston – Multiple Emmy winner, Golden Globe winner, Academy Award Nominee, producer of the upcoming television series SNEAKY PETE (Amazon) and current two-time Emmy nominee for ALL THE WAY (HBO) - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, and Outstanding Made for Television Movie in his executive producer role
  • Claire Danes - Multiple Emmy winner, four-time Golden Globe winner and current two–time Emmy nominee for HOMELAND (Showtime) - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Drama Series in her co-executive producer role
  • Michelle Dockery – Three-time Emmy nominee – “Downton Abbey” and starring in the upcoming GOOD BEHAVIOR (TNT)
  • Minnie Driver – Previous Emmy, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, and star of upcoming SPEECHLESS (ABC)
  • Tony Goldwyn – Previous Screen Actors Guild nominee and current star of SCANDAL (ABC)
  • Terrence Howard – Screen Actors Guild winner, previous Academy and Golden Globe nominee, star of EMPIRE (FOX)
  • Allison Janney – Multiple Emmy winner, multiple Golden Globe nominee, and current Emmy nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – MOM (CBS)
  • Rami Malek – Current Emmy nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – MR. ROBOT (USA)
  • Abigail Spencer – Critics Choice Television Award nominee and star of upcoming TIMELESS (NBC)
  • Kiefer Sutherland – Previous Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner, nominee and current star of upcoming DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (ABC)
  • Laverne Cox – Previous Emmy nominee, star of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix) and ROCKY PICTURE SHOW (Fox)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – 68th Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – BLACK-ISH (ABC)
  • America Ferrera – Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG winner and star of SUPERSTORE (NBC)
  • Kit Harington – 68th Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
  • Matt LeBlanc – Previous seven-time Emmy nominee, Golden Globe winner, star of MAN WITH A PLAN (CBS) and EPISODES (Showtime)
  • Joel McHale – Previous Emmy nominee and star of THE GREAT INDOORS (CBS)
  • Mandy Moore – MTV Movie Award, Teen Choice Award winner an star of THIS IS US (NBC)
  • Chris Rock – Two 68th Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special – AMY SCHUMER: LIVE AT THE APOLLO (HBO) and Outstanding Special Class Program as the host of THE OSCARS (ABC)
  • Keri Russell – 68th Emmy Award nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – THE AMERICANS (FX)
  • Jeffrey Tambor – 68th Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – TRANSPARENT (Amazon);
  • Kerry Washington – Two 68th Emmy Award nominations as executive producer and as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for CONFIRMATION (HBO); previous two-time Emmy nominee and star of SCANDAL (ABC)
  • Damon Wayans – Previous three-time Emmy nominee and star of LETHAL WEAPON (FOX)
  • Constance Wu – Critics’ Choice Award nominee and star of FRESH OFF THE BOAT (ABC)
  • Hank Azaria – Multiple Emmy winner, Screen Actors Guild winner and most recently 68th Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – RAY DONOVAN (Showtime)
  • Margo Martindale – Multiple Emmy winner, most recently 68th Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – THE AMERICANS (FX)
  • Tina Fey – Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner, most recently 68th Emmy Award winner with her SNL co-host Amy Poehler for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)
  • Amy Poehler – Multiple Emmy nominee, Golden Globe and 68th Emmy Award winner with her SNL co-host Tina Fey for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)
  • Peter Scolari – 68th Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – GIRLS (HBO)





Pre EMMYS Shows (Sunday 1:30 - 5pm PT / 4:30 - 8pm ET)

  • E! COUNTDOWN TO THE RED CARPET - The 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards: E! hosts Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, Ross Mathews, and Kristin Dos Santos provide viewers the ultimate guide to Emmy night. Also FULLER HOUSE star Jodie Sweetin, as well as Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan of E!'s TOTAL BELLAS, will drop by to weigh in on all the year's unforgettable TV moments and fashion favorites. Airs live from 1:30 – 3pm PT / 4:30 – 6pm ET on E!

  • E! LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET - The 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards: E!'s Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy bring fans memorable and authentic interviews with TV's biggest stars and Emmy nominees. The coverage will offer an up close look at the fashion via E!'s "Glambot" and over 20 cameras covering every angle of the event, while delivering all of the spontaneous pop culture moments fans don't want to miss. Ross Mathews and Zuri Hall will report live from E!'s exclusive position at the limo arrivals. The popular "E! Glambot," will capture one of a kind red carpet moments in a breathtaking and innovative way - by creating detailed and visually stunning living portraits of the stars in real-time. Airs live from 3 – 5pm PT / 6 – 8pm ET on E!.

  • People & EW Red Carpet Live: Time Inc.'s People and Entertainment Weekly will host a bi-coastal live, red carpet streaming pre-show on the television industry's biggest night beginning at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT from Los Angeles and New York. People Now's Jeremy Parsons and Andrea Boehlke will host the streaming pre-show from their New York studios, while People deputy editor JD Heyman and Associated Press correspondent Alicia Quarles will report live from the Emmys red carpet in Los Angeles. The pre-show will stream for two hours on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) free app,, and In addition, the pre-show can also be streamed on,, and The pre-show's hosts and correspondents will be socialing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat throughout the evening using the hashtag #EmmysLive. Streams live from 3 – 5pm PT / 6 – 8pm ET on various platforms.

  • ABC Countdown to the Emmy Awards- Red Carpet Live: Hosted by GOOD MORNING AMERICA co-anchor Lara Spencer and ABC's THE BACHELOR host Chris Harrison. They will be joined by ABC News Correspondent Rachel Smith, ESPN host Michelle Beadle, along with Fashion Contributor Tim Gunn. Airs live from 4 – 5pm PT / 7 – 8pm ET on ABC.




The EMMYS (Sunday, LIVE on ABC starting at 5pm PT / 8pm ET)

  • In addition to the coverage on ABC, fans can use a second screen to get an exclusive look at everything that is happening behind the scenes of television’s biggest night: Backstage LIVE is a free all-access pass to the Emmys, streaming simultaneously to the live telecast, which can be streamed at, or The coverage includes more than 15 cameras positioned in various areas backstage during the Emmys telecast, including: the Blue Room camera, showing stars mingle before they take the stage; the Thank You cam, which gives winners a chance to thank additional friends, family, colleagues and fans; the Host Cam, as Marc Istook shares tweets from the fans with the winners throughout the evening; the Photo Lounge cam, which captures the night’s winners and presenters as they pose for their official portrait for "emmy Magazine" exclusively on Facebook Live; and many more cameras with exclusive footage.

The EMMYS After Parties (Sunday 8 - 9pm PT/ 11pm - Midnight ET)

  • E! AFTER PARTY: The 2016 Emmy Awards: As soon as the Emmy's wrap, the celebration of television's biggest night will continue. Join pop culture guru Ross Mathews, along with E! News' Sibley Scoles, Catt Sadler and Kristin Dos Santos as they break down the nights most memorable moments. Airs live from 8 – 9pm PT / 11pm – Midnight ET on E!.

  • IMDb Live After The Emmys: IMDb and the Television Academy have joined forces to produce the official 68th Emmys online post-show. As the Emmy Awards telecast ends, IMDb will begin reporting live from the Winners Walk inside the Emmy Media Center and from an unprecedented location inside the Governors Ball. The show, which will run over an hour, is slated to feature live interviews with winners and presenters, recaps and expert analysis of show highlights, social media fan Q&As, red carpet arrivals, Emmys show highlights featured on a TCL 4K TV, and more. Included in the unique-to-IMDb moments will be an unprecedented glimpse of Emmy winners as their statuettes are personalized at the Governors Ball Winners Circle. Hosts Dave Karger (IMDb special correspondent) and Jill Kargman (creator and star of Bravo's Odd Mom Out) will interview the night's big winners at IMDb's Winner's Walk set inside the Emmy Media Center. Rachel Smith (co-host of Amazon's Style Code Live) will report live from inside the Governors Ball. To watch IMDb Live After The Emmys, Presented by TCL on September 18, visit, (IMDb's Emmys special section), IMDb's iOS and Android apps, IMDb's Facebook account, and Follow the hashtag #IMDbLive on IMDb's Twitter and Instagram. Streams live from 8 – 9pm PT / 11pm – Midnight ET on various platforms.

After the EMMYS Fashion Reports (Monday, September 19)

  • E! NEWS - Jason Kennedy and Maria Menounos, along with the entire E! News team, will break down all of the night's biggest headlines - from the red carpet moments you didn't see to the backstage interviews, star studded after parties, and more! Airs Monday, September 19 from 7-8pm ET/PT and again at 11pm-Midnight ET/PT on E!.

  • FASHION POLICE - The 2016 Emmy Awards: After all the awards have been handed out at the 68th Annual Emmy Awards, the winning continues when Melissa Rivers, Giuliana Rancic, and Brad Goreski -- along 2016 special co-hosts NeNe Leakes and Margaret Cho -- discuss the good, bad and the ugly fashion choices. EMPIRE’S Kaitlin Doubleday stops by to discuss her favorite looks of the night. Airs on Monday, September 19 from 8 -9pm ET/PT on E!.

  • E! LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET - Viewing Party for The 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards: Real time reaction from pop culture personalities as they comment on the best moments of E!'s LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET coverage. Featuring Vivica A. Fox, E!'s Morgan Stewart and her close pal Justin "The Lady Sitter" Sylvester, social media star Violet Benson, actresses Carlie Craig and Lyric Lewis, as well as E! LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET producer Brian Strickland, "Viewing Party" will allow fans to relive the global event with hilarious off-the-cuff commentary and candid conversation around TV's biggest night. New this year. Airs on Monday, September 19 from 9 -10pm ET/PT on E!



  • Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks
  • Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels
  • Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott
  • Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt
  • Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy
  • Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn
  • Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue
  • Lynn Whitfield and Brian Gibson
  • Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman



  • Lucille Ball and Lucie Arnaz
  • Tony and Danny and Dae Bennett
  • James and Tyne Daly
  • Buz and David and Jenji Kohan
  • David and Christopher Lloyd
  • Jeff and Adam Margolis
  • Walter C. and Paul Miller
  • Christopher and Amanda Plummer
  • Carl and Rob Reiner
  • George Stevens and George Stevens, Jr.
  • George Stevens, Jr. and Michael Stevens
  • Donald and Kiefer Sutherland
  • Danny and Marlo and Tony Thomas







    • Hector Ramirez: 74
    • Sheila Nevins: 74
    • Edward J. Greene: 61
    • Jac Venza: 57
    • ER: 124
    • CHEERS: 117




  • On Monday, March 7, 1955, the Seventh Annual Emmy Awards are broadcast nationally on NBC from the Moulin Rouge in Hollywood and Nino's LaRue in New York.
  • NBC paid $110,000 for the rights to telecast the 1955 telecast across the nation, airing the show simultaneously on both coasts.
  • 1955 Emmy Hosts: Steve Allen from Hollywood; Dave Garroway from New York.
  • U.S. television-set ownership in 1955: 25 million.


From the moment they enter the Governors Ball, guests will be surrounded and mesmerized by a nighttime garden designed to transform and delight the senses. Inspired both by the beauty of old world gardens and the natural grandeur of the California landscape, signature elements include suspended canopies of cascading lilac, wisteria and ivy; a winding central pathway bordered by lush plants and grasses; rustic walls draped with foliage; and flickering “firefly” lighting illuminating the room. Guests departing the awards ceremony and entering the Governors Ball will kick off the celebration as they are served flutes of prestige label Ferrari Trentodoc. Champagne. Celebrating the extraordinary achievements of guests at the 68th Emmy Awards, World ClassTM will elevate the experience with an exclusive Ketel One® Vodka cocktail created by award-winning bartender Charles Joly. Check out the menu and accompanying pics, provided by the Patina Restaurant Group (GOVERNORS BALL RECIPES):

Photo Credit: Matt Sayles / Invision for the Television Academy

First Course: Heirloom Beet Salad

Heirloom beets, pistachio-goat cheese “bonbons,” blood oranges, preserved lemon, roasted eggplant puree, baby fennel confit, Lolla Rosa, black olive “soil,” tangelo emulsion.


Photo Credit: Matt Sayles / Invision for the Television Academy

Main Course: Turf & Turf

Thyme-roasted tenderloin and slow braised short rib, wild mushroom pithivier, rapini, rainbow carrots, caramelized shallot jus


Photo Credit: Matt Sayles / Invision for the Television Academy

Dessert: Ocoa Chocolate Crémeux

Tropical coconut mousse, torched meringue, and exotic fruit


Photo Credit: Matt Sayles / Invision for the Television Academy

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

2014 Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Platinum Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Chardonnay, Napa Valley



What does it take to host a combined 8,000 guests at the Creative Arts Balls (September 10 & 11) and the Governors Ball (September 18)?

• 8,000 place settings
• 24,200 pieces of china
• 24,000 wine glasses
• 8,000 champagne flutes
• 300 technicians
• 125 managers
• A venue the length of one football field and double the width at the Los Angeles Convention Center
• Over 32,000 square feet of carpet to cover the event space
• More than 5,000 man hours to prepare, install, and remove the carpet

• 250 cooks in the kitchen each night
• 27 executive restaurant chefs on-site in the kitchen each night
• 50 bartenders each night
• 600 servers each night
• 2016 is the 21st year Patina has prepared an exquisite meal for the Emmy Awards Governors Ball: 1995-1997 and 1999-2016
• Basic prep will begin at the Patina Central Catering kitchen over a five-day period by a crew of 50 people per day
• Most of the main courses and basic components will be cooked on-site in individual ovens at the Los Angeles Convention Center immediately before service
• 6,700 Roasted red baby beets, peeled and quartered
• 6,700 Roasted Chiogga baby beets, peeled and halved
• 6,700 Roasted gold baby beets, peeled and halved
• 2,200 Raw Chiogga baby beets, paper thin slices
• 1,100 pounds of roasted eggplant puree
• 65 gallons of Tangelo emulsion
• 550 pounds of preserved lemon, julienned
• 35,000 blood orange, segments
• 1,100 pounds of pistachio crusted goat cheese “bonbons”
• 6,500 baby fennel bulb, confit, quartered
• 8,000 Lolla Rossa baby lettuce heads
• 280 pounds of Kalamata olive “soil”
• 70 gallons of Tangelo vinaigrette
• 1,800 pounds of prime beef tenderloin, sous vide and pan roasted
• 2,000 pound of prime beef short rib, braised
• 1,300 pounds of wild mushroom pithivier
• 16,000 Rapini florettes, blanched
• 2,700 pounds of rainbow carrots (red, orange, white and purple), roasted
• 65 gallons of caramelized shallot red wine sauce
• 270 pounds of coconut puree
• 110 pounds of mango
• 110 pounds of passion fruit
• 430 pounds of sugar
• 2,200 eggs
• 270 pounds of whipped cream
• 430 pounds of butter
• 220 pounds of Ocoa dark chocolate
• 220 pounds of Alungra milk chocolate
• 110 pounds of Zephyr white chocolate
• 160 pounds of praline paste
• 160 pounds of Paillette feulletine (toasted, crushed crepes)
• 330 pounds of flour
• 1.7 ounces of gold leaf
• 8,000 viola flowers

• Over 800 arrangements will use in excess of 50,000 hydrangeas, 80,000 roses and 20,000 succulents
• The tallest centerpiece has a 40" tall custom-made trumpet vase
• This is the first year a plethora of herbs (including French lavender and rosemary) will be added to floral arrangements
• Custom-made birch paper will wrap the vases, made from 100% very thinly “sliced” real wood
• Over 10,000 yards of fabric will comprise the 800 guest tables and 8,000 napkins total
• Over 3,700 total hours of design and preparation are required to produce these linens
• Fabrics are a mix of soft, neutral tones such as mushroom, taupe, buff, and champagne with touches of sequin mesh, metallic silks and floral sequin organza
• Over one-half mile of steel tubing and 86 wheels will be used in the center stage turntable
• 2,700 yards of fabric will cover the ceiling beams and 1,000 yards of black fabric will cover the truss structure
• 7,500 cable ties will secure all the black fabric in the room
• 17.5 miles of black thread will be used
• More than 250 curtain clips will secure the seams of the star drop drape panels
• The total rigging and suspension package will fill four 53 foot semi-trucks
• 1,500 connection points will be needed for the total truss suspension rig