Let's eavesdrop on what this year's newly minted Emmy winners had to say once they made it backstage:
"It's just so sweet that they remembered us. They remembered a show that got canceled that I've never been more proud to be on. I'd much rather be on that than something that lasts a long time that I don't care about. I'm a risk-taker. I mean, look at...
Padma Lakshmi, Mariska Hargitay
It was a steaming hot day outside the Nokia Theater for the 2009 Emmy Awards, but that didn't stop A-listers from coming out in droves to celebrate television's biggest night of the year.
Count down our top five fashion hits and misses from the red carpet and weigh in on your picks after the jump.
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Neil Patrick Harris
Sure, the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards didn't boast the fireworks of last week's Kanye-"enhanced" VMAs, but CBS' entertaining three-hour telecast ran smoothly, a credit to host (and producer) Neil Patrick Harris, whose competent hand and effortless improvisational timing made him the subject of more than one of this year's top moments.
7. Best Dance: We'll be honest: Usually musical segments either bore or horrify us. But Dancing with the Stars' Maks and Karina...
Dancing With The Stars, Tom DeLay
Age is just a number for 62-year-old Tom DeLay and he says he's not going to let the 41-year age difference between him and snowboarder Louie Vito, the season's youngest Dancing with the Stars cast member, be a disadvantage. "I'm going to work harder than the young guys," he tells TVGuide.com. "Hard work always wins." See what other moves and tactics the former House Majority leader, who's nursing a pre-stress fracture in his right foot, has in mind for his Monday-night debut.
Robert Knepper, Heroes
Robert Knepper has a way with villainous roles.
The actor, whose racist, pedophile Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell Prison Break fans loved to hate, keeps his evil streak going in the new season of Heroes (premieres Monday, Sept. 21 at 8/7c, NBC). But Knepper hesitates to label his new character an out-and-out baddie.
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"People ask if he's a good guy or a bad guy, and it's more complicated than that," Knepper tells TVGuide.com. "You can't just put him in a little niche there. I love the mystery of it. I didn't even know when we started exactly why he was doing what he did. But he's definitely walking more in the shadowy side of life."
As Samuel, the Keith Richards-esque, earth-moving leader of a band of super-powered circus freaks, Knepper's mission is to bring a cherry-picked group of good guys over to his "family" on the dark side. "Samuel isn't quite sure why he needs all these special powers around him. He just knows he needs them," Knepper says. "It's the whole devil-and-angel sort of thing. We've all got powers; it's just how you use them."
Samuel will ...
Emily Procter and Adam Rodriguez, CSI: Miami
Just how much damage did the bullet that CSI:Miami's Calleigh Duquesne (Emily Procter) fired in the show's Season 7 finale do to Calleigh's relationship with lover-partner Eric Delko (Adam Rodriguez)?
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The good news: Delko may be aimlessly wandering the Everglades, but at least he's alive. That comes as a relief to fans who feared the worst when it was announced that Rodriguez would leave the show this season. And it's a relief to Rodriguez as well...
"Congratulations guys, unbelievable" host Neil Patrick Harris said of seven-time Emmy champ Amazing Race at Sunday's 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. "Upsets at every turn."
Harris was joking about his loss in the supporting comedy actor category to Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer, but also ironically summing up the mood on a night when repeat winners ruled with just a few new faces sprinkled in.
30 Rock and Mad Men repeated...