We here at TV Guide Online may occasionally consult our psychic friends for advice, but when it comes to questions about Sunday's 56th Primetime Emmy Awards, we mean business. For instance, how could they cut off Sopranos star James Gandolfini's speech? Is The Practice's James Spader a public philanderer? And is The West Wing's Allison Janney just plain insane? Here, we address some of our most nagging head-scratchers.
After The Sopranos won best drama, Garry Shandling closed the show before James Gandolfini could speak. What gives?
Backstage, Emmys director Louis Horvitz called the incident "unfortunate," but insisted he did in fact give Gandolfini "a moment" to make his statement. Fortunately, a Sopranos producer was also on hand to explain what Gandolfini would have said. "There's an infantry unit in Iraq and they have named their tank 'The Stugots,' which happens to be the name of Tony Soprano's boat," he noted. "They lined up a whole platoon in their best military fatigues when it was 135 degrees out, they all had their picture taken and they sent it [to us]. The entire cast signed it. And [the soldiers] called to wish us good luck tonight. We were very humbled by it. James was gonna wish them a speedy and safe return home."
Why in God's name did Allison Janney ask Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay to join her on stage?
It was surely Emmy night's most awkward moment. What was Janney thinking? "I really did not think I was going to win [outstanding lead actress in a drama series], so I felt very underprepared," the West Winger said backstage. "I saw Mariska at a party last night and I said, 'If I win, I'll give it to you' — and that's the first thing that came to my mind when I got up there. It seemed a silly idea when I was actually [holding the trophy]." Yeah, we thought so, too. But she meant well....
So did Kim Cattrall tell Billy Bush why she killed the Sex and the City movie, as we had speculated?
Yes! Cattrall told the Access Hollywood cohost that the Sex movie is "not dead." She also added that "when we get a script that we're all happy with, I think it will happen." Um, that's funny, 'cause Cynthia Nixon told Bush the film is "not going to happen. [Kim] may have a different opinion, but my opinion is it's pretty much dead. I would love it if it would [happen], but it's not going to." Later, Sarah Jessica Parker definitively told the backstage press there'll be "no movie" and suggested that fans will just have to settle for Sex reruns. Clearly, Cattrall and her comely costars are not on the same page.
In James Spader's acceptance speech, he thanked his two sons and "their wonderful mother, Victoria." Then, he thanked his date, whom he called "my girl, Leslie." Who is she?
First off, Victoria Spader married the Practice and Boston Legal star in 1987. His rep refused to comment on their current marital status. (Hmmm....) Actress Leslie Stefanson — who's also rumored to have dated Ryan O'Neal — has been Spader's girlfriend for a few years. They apparently met on the set of his 2001 film, The Stickup, and also co-starred in Sci Fi Channel's Alien Hunter last year.
Who were those two nobodies Garry Shandling ushered on stage to present the Emmy for best reality show? How were they chosen?
ABC tapped Extreme Makeover's casting director, Marla Brodsky, to find the giddy twosome: 23-year-old Amy Scholsohn from Orlando, Fla., and 26-year-old Bruce T. Milam Jr. from Joliet, Ill. She swears they were "genuinely surprised," having been told only that they were in the running for a new "surprise reality show." Brodsky adds that she interviewed dozens of wannabes of "all different ages and races" and sent Emmys producers a reel featuring her top 30 faves from which to choose two, "based on their personalities."