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Is It Showtime Yet?

No, not quite?Yeah, same deal as every year. The press check-in for the Emmys is 1 pm/PT, many hours before the telecast begins. So here am I, laptop all set up, Red Bull No. 1 half empty, and... and I wait.While Nina and Ben will be blogging live about the preshow and the Emmycast, respectively, I will be here sharing the reactions and choice sound bites of the winners as they come backstage, gold in hand.I must say, it's rather pretty in the "tent" this year. (See photo.) Purple "crystal" chandeliers! A cool backdrop on the winners' stage. And did I mention the unlimited Red Bull? I drink Red Bull one night a year, and this is it.But perhaps the bestest part of this year's Emmys, no matter who wins? Free Primetime Emmys baseball caps! And in a gym-friendly black.With so much time to kill, I may venture back to the red carpet, but honestly it is deathly hot out there, and it takes a good 30 minutes back in the press room to cool/"dry" off. While I swear by my Gillette deo, it must ...

Matt Mitovich

No, not quite?
Yeah, same deal as every year. The press check-in for the Emmys is 1 pm/PT, many hours before the telecast begins. So here am I, laptop all set up, Red Bull No. 1 half empty, and... and I wait.
While Nina and Ben will be blogging live about the preshow and the Emmycast, respectively, I will be here sharing the reactions and choice sound bites of the winners as they come backstage, gold in hand.
I must say, it's rather pretty in the "tent" this year. ( See photo.) Purple "crystal" chandeliers! A cool backdrop on the winners' stage. And did I mention the unlimited Red Bull? I drink Red Bull one night a year, and this is it.
But perhaps the bestest part of this year's Emmys, no matter who wins? Free Primetime Emmys baseball caps! And in a gym-friendly black.
With so much time to kill, I may venture back to the red carpet, but honestly it is deathly hot out there, and it takes a good 30 minutes back in the press room to cool/"dry" off. While I swear by my Gillette deo, it must have its limits, yes?
On the way in, I gabbed with TV Guide Network hostesses Rosanna Tavarez (looking rather sleek and Grecian with her hair pulled back) and Kimberly Caldwell (looking... like Elisha Cuthbert). I also spied and talked to Average Joe alumna Melana Scantlin, whom I interviewed back in the day of that fun, fun dating series. (She's hosting a somethingoranother for VCAST.) I followed Ausiello here, and while his Kia rental doesn't hold a candle to my red Mustang, that USC alum knows back ways and shortcuts that had us here in record time. I believe at one point we were driving through someone's backyard.
The evening is young (and in fact is many hours away), so much more to come.