Emmys: The parties before the storm

As the sun rises over L.A. today, bizzers are gearing up for 72 hours of schmoozing and celebrating, interrupted only by a few hours of Emmy Award presentations at the Nokia Theater on Sunday evening. But here’s a sobering thought — after all that partying, the real action begins Monday with the formal kickoff of the 2011-12 television season.

Here’s a rundown of key Emmy weekend fetes:

Today

Host: WME

When & where: 8 p.m., Milk Studios

Why: The “Boardwalk Empire” mob and other nominees will be out in force.

Host: Entertainment Weekly/Women in Film

When & where: 9 p.m., Boa Steakhouse West Hollywood

Why: To celebrate the distaff side of Emmy nominees.

Host: ICM

When &

where: 9 p.m., London West

Hollywood

Why: Party with Cam and Mitchell, aka “Modern Family’s” Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Saturday

Host: BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea Party

When & where: 2:30 p.m., L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

Why: The chance to tell

Julian Fellowes how much you loved “Downton Abbey”

Host: Showtime

When & where: 6:30 p.m., Skybar

Why: Poolside schmooze with Edie Falco, Laura Linney, Michael C. Hall.

Host: The Evening Before

When & where: 8 p.m., the Lawn at Century Park

Why: Hobnob with A-listers and raise money for the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

Host: NBCUniversal

When & where: 8:30 p.m., Spago

Why: Great grub and the chance to wish the new NBC regime well.

Sunday

Host: Governors Ball

When & where: 8 p.m., West Hall, L.A. Convention Center

Why: It’s always the first stop of the night.

Host: “Entertainment Tonight”

When & where: 8 p.m., Vibiana

Why: A perf by Stevie Nicks and an 800-pound gift bag.

Host: HBO

When & where: 8 p.m., Plaza at the Pacific Design Center

Why: To marvel at the state of the art in over-the-top biz bashes.

Host: Comedy Central

When & where: 8:30 p.m., the Colony

Why: Free drinks with “Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” troops

Host: AMC

When & where: 9 p.m., Mr. C Beverly Hills

Why: End your night Rat Pack-style with the “Mad Men” gang.

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