HOLLYWOOD — The way HBO dominated the Emmy Awards was nothing compared to the way it dominated the after-parties.
The cabler moved the after-party center to the corner of Melrose and San Vicente — two other nearby fiestas served as satellites — and hosted by far the best party that went the longest. Hail, Caesar.
Maybe it was symbolic of vanquished competitors’ blood, but HBO erected a vibrant red tent on the Pacific Design Center’s courtyard where everything from chandeliers to drinking glasses was a feverish crimson.
“The drunker you are, the better it looks,” said one reveler viewing the over-abundance of sheer redness.
Time Warner topper Richard Parsons saluted “Angels in America” for standout quality that was “almost not even fair” to the competition, while Brad Grey held tight to the first Emmy he’d ever received — after 18 nominations.
“I thought I was going to be the Susan Lucci of producers,” said “The Sopranos” exec producer.
“It’s great to have the validation, but when it didn’t win, it was still a great show,” HBO’s Carolyn Strauss said about the mob drama’s big win.
Right across San Vicente, TV Guide was throwing its second annual Emmy party in a massive white tent.
Being so close to HBO, the mag put itself in the same position the Elton John party has to the Vanity Fair Oscar party: No. 2 and hoping for overflow.
The TV Guide party did have the louder band, Velvet Revolver, but louder doesn’t necessarily hold the crowd — especially when there are so many winners nearby.
A block away, Showtime had taken over Mortons for its after-party. The cabler was shut out in the awards race, so the fiesta didn’t have the oomph a few statuettes would have brought.
Still, it was an elegant affair with an eight-piece band playing standards for a crowd that included Barbra Streisand with James Brolin and Kirstie Alley, who appeared ready for her “Fat Actress” show that began shooting Monday morning.
Downtown, the TV Academy was throwing its Governors’ Ball in the Shrine’s Exhibition Hall. In the spirit of all great victors, “The Daily Show” star Jon Stewart said: “From now on we’re planning to phone the show in, rest on our laurels, kick back and enjoy a Cubano.”
Within Stewart’s earshot, “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” Jeff Garlin cracked, “God bless the losers and the winners should all burn in hell.”
“Arrested Development” star Jason Bateman remained steadfast in his support of co-star Jeffrey Tambor, who lost the Emmy to “Frasier’s” David Hyde Pierce after previous shutouts for “The Larry Sanders Show.”
“I think once again he got robbed,” Bateman said. “Maybe he has to start sending better flowers to the Academy.”
Imagine’s Ron Howard was over the moon about the big haul for the critics’ darling, admitting, “We always knew it was sort of an unlikely candidate to be a successful network show.”
The mood was likewise exuberant at Spago, where producers and directors behind belle of the ball “Arrested Development” marveled at the show’s haul during a bash hosted by 20th Century Fox TV/Fox. Twentieth Century Fox TV prexies Gary Newman and Dana Walden celebrated the studio’s hefty 12 Emmy wins, while Fox Entertainment topper Gail Berman celebrated as her network beat out its broadcast net competitors for the first time.
Over at the Mondrian, People mag partnered with “Entertainment Tonight” for the first time at the latter’s annual bash, rightly famous for its generous gift bag. Even before the Goo Goo Dolls started their set, the fire marshall started to halt further arrivals, leading to gridlock between revelers arriving empty-handed and those going with a handsome leather tote. “Frasier” winner Kelsey Grammer stopped by the bash tossed by sister Par TV skein, while Viacom’s Leslie Moonves was spotted shimmying to the music with galpal Julie Chen.
(Diane Garrett contributed to this report.)