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Primetime Emmy Awards 2008

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Emmygoers Talk Fashion at After-Party

Primetime Emmy Awards 2008

Emmygoers Talk Fashion at After-Party

Originally posted 09/22/2008 04:00PM

The stars aligned Sunday night at TV Guide's 6th Annual Emmys after-party, where TV's best and brightest mingled at The Kress in Hollywood.

Ugly Betty guest star Lindsay Lohan, wearing a velvet mini-dress and matching hooded jacket, was glued to the deejay booth where girlfriend Samantha Ronson spun tunes throughout the night.

The pair drank sake shots with friends and were later joined by Joey Fatone, who was sporting a pair of shiny Ferragamo sneakers.

"I didn’t even know [Ferragamo] made sneakers," Fatone said. "It's funny because my wife gets mad at me because I'll wear a couple of pairs, scuff them up and still keep them, or I will run the sneaker into the ground."

Fatone wasn't the only celeb making a fashion statement. His red carpet co-host Lisa Rinna swapped her Reem Acra Emmy gown for D&G dress before heading to the after-party, where she dished about dressing for the red carpet.

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Paula Abdul, Brooke Shields Rock at PEOPLE's Post-Emmy Party

Paula Abdul, Brooke Shields Rock at PEOPLE's Post-Emmy Party

Originally posted 09/22/2008 12:10PM

Brooke Shields arrived at the PEOPLE-sponsored Entertainment Tonight Emmy Party ready to dance.

Once she found the roped-off VIP section at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Shields – who presented the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series with Craig Ferguson – hopped on one of the seats to get a better view of Billy Idol as he performed his 1981 hit "Dancing with Myself."

"None of this is relaxing," Shields told PEOPLE at the party. "I'll relax tomorrow."

On-screen Desperate Housewives couple Dana Delany and Nathan Fillion got cozy at the party. They stood arm-in-arm during Idol's performance, and held hands as they took an elevator upstairs.

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Primetime Emmy Awards 2008

Josh Groban: Coffee & Nick at Nite Helped with Emmy Performance

Originally posted 09/22/2008 12:05PM

Josh Groban condensed 60 years of television history into four minutes, performing a medley of beloved TV show themes – and even changing his voice with each tune – on the Emmy Awards Sunday night.

But how did the singer pull off the marathon performance?

"A lot of rehearsal and a lot of coffee," Groban said backstage at the PEOPLE photobooth, as he received congratulations from passersby.

"I delved into my childhood and even before my childhood," Groban, 27, said of the medley, which wove together iconic themes from Friends, The Jeffersons, Happy Days and many more.

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Tina Fey's Emmy Loss – Her Purse | Tina Fey

Primetime Emmy Awards 2008

Tina Fey's Emmy Loss – Her Purse

Originally posted 09/22/2008 11:00AM

She may have won Emmys by the handful for 30 Rock Sunday night – and heaps of praise for her Sarah Palin impression on Saturday Night Live the weekend before – so who would have guessed that Tina Fey is a loser?

"If anyone's seen my purse," Fey, 38, announced in the Emmys pressroom backstage of her Mary Norton clutch, "I left it under my seat."

But on to her winnings: Besides a writing Emmy for a 30 Rock episode titled "Cooter," she also picked up awards for executive producing and acting on the show.

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Tina Fey and Jeff Probst Win Emmy Awards | Jeff Probst, Tina Fey

Primetime Emmy Awards 2008

Tina Fey and Jeff Probst Win Emmy Awards

Originally posted 09/21/2008 11:15PM

The 60th annual Primetime Emmys finally got real – and finally funny, too.

In terms of the former, for the sixth year running, CBS's The Amazing Race was named best reality series. But in the newly-created best reality show host category, it was Survivor's Jeff Probst who raced away with the Emmy Sunday night.

"Thank you for allowing reality in," said Probst during his acceptance at Los Angeles's Nokia Theater.

As for finally getting funny, after an otherwise slow start, 30 Rock was showered with Emmys – and an octogenarian comedian named Don Rickles showed he could still bring an audience to its feet.

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Jeremy Piven Pokes Fun at Emmys Opening | Jeremy Piven

Primetime Emmy Awards 2008

Jeremy Piven Pokes Fun at Emmys Opening

Originally posted 09/21/2008 09:10PM

Jeremy Piven seized the opportunity as Sunday night's first winner of the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards to crack wise about the slow opening to the ceremony at Los Angeles's Nokia Theater.

The Entourage star, winning his third Emmy for his supporting comedy actor role as abrasive Hollywood agent Ari Gold on the HBO series, said he'd just flown in from New York, where he's rehearsing a play, and "maybe I should go into roofing, I'm so bad."

Thanking the few people who laughed at his remark, Piven explained it was a joke – then said: “What if I just kept talking for 12 minutes, what would happen? That was the opening."

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Christina Applegate: Feeling Good Is What Life's About | Christina Applegate

Primetime Emmy Awards 2008

Christina Applegate: Feeling Good Is What Life's About

Originally posted 09/21/2008 08:25PM

Appearing at her first award show since her breast-cancer diagnosis and treatment this summer, Christina Applegate took to the Emmy red carpet Sunday night and declared, "It's a great day … I've got a pretty dress on and lipstick, and [it's] something I haven't done in two months."

Speaking to E! host Ryan Seacrest, the Samantha Who? star, 36 – in a Reem Acra silk organza, jacquard-draped gown – said, "It really feels good to be here ... That's what life's all about." 

Addressing what she's been through (which includes a double mastectomy), Applegate said, "Things happen, and you have to sit back and really, really embrace your life."

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Mary-Louise Parker Keeps Parents in Emmy Loop | Mary-Louise Parker

Primetime Emmy Awards 2008

Mary-Louise Parker Keeps Parents in Emmy Loop

Originally posted 09/21/2008 03:25PM

Four-time Emmy nominee Mary-Louise Parker may play a pot-dealing mom on Showtime's Weeds, but celebrating her own success with her real-life mom and dad makes it satisfying for the actress.

"The best part is my parents," Parker, 44, told PEOPLE at Saturday's Los Angeles Confidential pre-Emmy party, which she hosted. "I get to call them if they don't know already, but usually they know before me. That's absolutely the best part."

Parker – who is up against Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christina Applegate and America Ferrera for comedy actress in a series – has been nominated twice for Weeds. She won an Emmy in 2004 for the miniseries Angels in America – and can sometimes feel pressured to keep scoring nominations, she told PEOPLE.

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Sunday's Emmys Ready to Go Mad – and Rock

Primetime Emmy Awards 2008

Sunday's Emmys Ready to Go Mad – and Really Rock

Originally posted 09/20/2008 07:00AM

Don't touch that clicker – yes, those are the sets from The Simpsons, M*A*S*H and Desperate Housewives you'll be seeing on ABC Sunday night during the 60th annual Primetime Emmys.

"I'm going to marry some clips to each of the sets so you see them on the screen, the way you see them at home, and then you see them at the Nokia [Theater in Los Angeles] on our stage," the live telecast's boss, executive producer Ken Ehrlich, tells the Associated Press. "I think it's going to be fun."

With Two and a Half Men's Charlie Sheen, Prime Suspect's Helen Mirren, Entourage's Jeremy Piven and Pushing Daisies's Kristin Chenoweth due to open the show with popular TV catchphrases from the past six decades and Josh Groban slated to sing, Ehrlich also promises viewers will get a kick out of how the newly created best reality-show host category will be announced.

"It's one of the most interesting ones on the show," he says. "It's not what you're expecting."

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SNEAK PEEK: Emmy's Hottest Parties

SNEAK PEEK: Emmy's Hottest Parties

Originally posted 09/19/2008 02:00PM

It's not just great to be nominated – you've also got to be invited!

As Hollywood pulls out all the stops for Emmy parties this weekend, here's an inside look at how TV's biggest stars will be kicking up their designer heels after the show:


After rolling up in chauffeured Audis, hosts Heidi Klum and Ryan Seacrest, plus everyone's favorite TV assistant America Ferrera, will enjoy a night of modern glam at the Walt Disney Concert Hall complete with an Andy Warhol-inspired dessert hall filled with neon-colored cupcakes. As the Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne flows and guests dine on delicacies from Patina owner and chef Joachim Splichal, rock legend Billy Idol will take the stage. Along with the sound of "White Wedding" ringing in their ears, guests will take away Cole Haan gift bags.

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