06:49 PM EDT 08/23/2014
Originally posted 08/28/2006 04:00PM
1. Thinking outside the airtight glass box Conan O'Brien's opening number had him dropping in on various hit TV shows and then mocking host network NBC's ratings woes with a spoof of "Ya Got Trouble" from The Music Man. Not much different from what Billy Crystal would do at the Oscars, except that O'Brien is always sending up himself, too. Crystal really considers himself a song-and-dance man, whereas O'Brien just pretends to be one. His other big running joke – holding Bob Newhart hostage in an airproof glass case to keep the show's time under three hours – gave me bizarre associations with Middle Eastern terrorism, but it was a great sight gag. And the show didn't run over.
Originally posted 08/28/2006 11:20AM
Par for the course, some winners spoke too long onstage and got the hook – in the form of exit music – after winning their Emmys on Sunday night, but backstage at the Shrine Auditorium the stars could take their time having their say or even lighting up.
Originally posted 08/27/2006 08:35PM
Sunday's 58th annual Emmy Awards ceremony was a big night for first-time winners. After three nominations, Mariska Hargitay finally won her first Emmy, as leading actress in the dramatic series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Originally posted 08/26/2006 07:30AM
Late Night poobah Conan O'Brien, who is getting ready to host the 58th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, talks to PEOPLE about fatherhood (daughter Neve is 2 and son Beckett is 9 months), taking over Jay Leno's The Tonight Show gig (he starts in 2009) and his Emmys hosting strategy.
Originally posted 08/25/2006 07:00PM
Although FOX's 24 is up for more awards (12 in total), ABC's 11-times-nominated medical drama Grey's Anatomy is favored to win best dramatic series at Sunday's 58th annual Emmy Awards.
Originally posted 08/25/2006 06:00AM
"That's what people really want to see. They want to see a host responding to Doris Roberts's dress catching fire. And I have a plan for that. I have a torch."– Conan O'Brien, on coming back to host this year's Emmys since his last turn at the podium in 2002
Originally posted 06/12/2006 02:00PM
Playing sugar-loving L.A. detective Brenda Johnson on the TNT drama The Closer gave Kyra Sedgwick a kick-start in her career after taking time off to raise her kids – Travis, 17, and Sosie, 14 – with husband Kevin Bacon. Now the Golden Globe nominee has also earned an Emmy nod for her quirky role. PEOPLE.com recently caught up with Sedgwick, 40, about the secret of her 18-year marriage's success, how she stays centered and her need for a chocolate fix.
Originally posted 05/29/2006 06:00AM
It's tough work but fighting fires has been kind to Denis Leary. The actor has garnered a loyal following and his first Emmy nomination with his FX show Rescue Me, now in its second season. PEOPLE recently caught up with Leary, 48, who gave the inside scoop on how real those onscreen fires really are, his son following him into showbiz and why kids' movies make him cool.
Originally posted 07/06/2006 05:30PM
1. The snubbedThe WB's Gilmore Girls. UPN's Veronica Mars. HBO's Big Love. And ABC's Desperate Housewives, which surprisingly missed out in top categories. But then again, the second season afforded the unpleasant opportunity of watching a handful of good actresses waiting for intelligent material that never arrived. (Meanwhile, ABC's Grey's Anatomy cleaned up with 11 nominations.) On the other hand, the similar snub to last year's best drama winner Lost is more unfortunate: No one would have blamed the show for throwing up its hands after the first season, deciding the story could never be worked out and just bringing in Donald Trump dressed as Caliban. But the show grew denser without becoming impenetrable.
Originally posted 05/19/2006 04:55PM
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will offer a sense of déjà vu come Aug. 27, when Conan O'Brien will return to the job of emcee.
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