Variety was up early and partied late during Emmy weekend. Things kicked off Sept. 21 with Variety’s Emmy Elite Showrunners Breakfast and continued with that evening’s Women in Film/Variety bash celebrating femme nominees.

During the showrunner gathering at the Intercontinental hotel in Century City, “Homeland” exec producer Alex Gansa dropped a figurative bomb in mentioning that the show had seriously considered letting the lead character played by Damian Lewis blow himself up at the end of season one.

That night, femme Emmy nominees (and plenty of men) gathered at the Montage hotel in BevHills to raise a glass. A+E Networks’ Abbe Raven and Nancy Dubuc and E!’s Suzanne Kolb added exec power to the room, as did FX’s John Landgraf , Showtime’s David Nevins and others.

The following afternoon, BAFTA/LA held its Emmy eve fete on the rooftop of the London Hotel, where the org’s topper and Variety prexy Neil Stiles noted the very warm weather, as well as the “wonderful turnout. This is one of our three most popular events,” he said.

At WeHo’s Fig and Olive, ICM Partners partied and “Nurse Jackie’s” Edie Falco brunched from a vat of paella as big as a bathtub.

That night, at Craft restaurant in Century City, folks gathered for the Evening Before fundraiser (see previous page).

And over at Sunset Tower, it almost looked like a security briefing was going on poolside, as stars of “Homeland” huddled at Showtime’s early-evening fete. Claire Danes impressed in a bold blue sheath that highlighted her emerging baby bump.

On Sept. 23, after a tension-filled and food-free day, Emmy winners like Kevin Costner, Gideon Raff and Steven Levitan delayed their meals a little longer to pose for photogs and accept well-wishes from colleagues at the Governors Ball, the L.A. Convention Center auditorium having been converted into a fire-engine red restaurant.

Later that night, 20th Century Fox TV celebrated its one-two punch of winning best drama (“Homeland”) and comedy (“Modern Family”) with a party at Soleto restaurant.

And HBO held court at the Pacific Design Center, which had been filled with yellow lotus blossoms. “Game Change” earned four of the cabler’s half dozen Emmy trophies, including statues for partygoers Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks, Jay Roach and Danny Strong.

Shalini Dore, Erin Maxwell, Andrew Stewart and Jon Weisman contributed to this report.

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