The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nosh and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Thursday, Aug. 21:
7:15 p.m. Ty Burrell is the first one on the carpet at Audi’s pre-Emmys party at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, in jeans and a sport coat. Classic look. Hands in his pocket, top two buttons unbuttoned, showing a little chest.
7:17 p.m. Navid Negahban, the former “Homeland” big bad, arrives next, and quickly dethrones Burrell from the most chest bared title.
7:21 p.m. Joe Morton hits the carpet wearing a B613 baseball cap, a reference to his role in “Scandal” as the (former) head of the covert government program and candidate for world’s worst dad. Morton also sports the Lorne Michaels-esque jacket and jeans look, but all buttons are fully buttoned. No chest-baring here.
7:40 p.m. Zoe Saldana and her baby bump roll through the carpet in a mixed leopard print, which is the kind of daring fashion statement you can make when your latest movie is en route to being the biggest hit of the summer.
7:42 p.m. Jon Voight, nominated for best supporting actor for “Ray Donovan,” looks as good as ever, not to mention as Pope-like as ever. Voight talked about the importance of being a good parent, and praised fellow cast members Eddie Marsan and Liev Schreiber for being great fathers as well as talented performers. He also told reporters why it’s so tough to host awards shows. “Award shows are tough. The first four rows don’t pay attention to the jokes, they’re too nervous worrying about the awards.”
7:45 p.m. Michelle Dockery, nominated for best actress for “Downton Abbey,” arrives wearing a very green Zac Posen dress.
7:47 p.m. Betsy Brandt arrives, and immediately compliments a reporter for wearing purple, her signature color as Marie on “Breaking Bad.” She told reporters that actors playing her husband on a TV show have “big shoes to fill. Dean Norris, Ray Romano, there’s a certain pedigree they have to live up to. And my real life husband.”
7:57 p.m. “Veep’s” Tony Hale arrives with his priorities in order. “Where’s the food? It’s all about the food.”
8:12 p.m. Still a bunch of randoms trickling into the OK! TV Awards Party at Sofitel L.A. To be fair, the party only officially started about 45 minutes ago and the red carpet is a tight squeeze. Plus, there is competition with the Audi party in West Hollywood.
8:16 p.m. Sarah Hyland, in Alice Olivia and Jimmy Choo, makes a plug for her friend at the Audi party. “Taylor [Swift’s] new song ‘Shake It Off’ is so freakin’ good.”
8:20 p.m. Julie Bowen, nominated for best supporting actress, arrives with scoops on the next season of “Modern Family.” She told reporters, “We love gay marriage so much we’re just going to do it over and over again.” She said that despite all the parties leading up to the Emmys, she’s staying in tomorrow night. Her kids would hold it over her head if she went out four nights in a row.
8:24 p.m. First celeb sighting at the OK! TV party! “Veep’s” Gary Cole grabs a drink at the bar before heading outside to mingle.
8:27 p.m. Typing this on phone while sitting in front of “Glee’s” Lauren Potter, who is also typing on her phone at the OK! TV Awards Party. Meta.
8:50 p.m. Allison Janney leans against a conveniently located tree, as cool as a cucumber. She’s already won one Emmy, for her guest role in “Masters of Sex,” and is nominated for best supporting actress for “Mom.” She talked about the difference in playing a recovering alcoholic in “Mom” and an actual alcoholic as Betty Thompson in “The Way Way Back.” “Both [roles] are fun to play. I think I like playing Bonnie [Lockett in ‘Mom’], because it’s hard to play drunk. Playing drunk is very, very hard. If I had to play drunk scenes the whole season, it would be … no, I like that she’s sober.”
8:50 p.m. Mark Ballas ditches his shiny blue dinner jacket to grab some cheese and fruit from the noshing station while ladies in mini dresses and sky high stilettos trip over the wires on the makeshift stage where he will soon perform at the OK! TV Awards Party.
9:11 p.m. Rich Sommer of “Mad Men” and Neil Casey, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer who appeared in Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and writes for and performs in “Inside Amy Schumer,” seen chatting at the bar at Cecconi’s. Hopefully it’s for a “Mad Men” crossover with “Inside Amy Schumer” or “Broad City.”
9:15 p.m. Model and “Real Housewives of Miami” star Joanna Krupa politely asks the valet about her car at the OK! TV party after waiting for about 20 minutes.
9:25 p.m. Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family,” a Kansas City native and L.A. Dodgers season-ticket holder, said he hopes for a Dodgers-Royals World Series. Could happen. Miracles happen every day.
9:28 p.m. R.J. Mitte of “Breaking Bad” and Morton hang by the bar, likely discussing dads keeping secrets from their kids.