The cast of “Orange is the New Black” was out in full force on the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards red carpet, but the other attendees were the ones singing the show’s praises. Everyone from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andre Braugher to “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner admitted that they were hooked on the Netflix comedy.
The “OITNB” stars remained tight-lipped on what fans can expect from season three, but Lea DeLaria admitted, “It’s hilarious. Every script that I read just makes me laugh out loud, I’ve been having the time of my life this season.”
“And having the wonderful external validation of everything does help creatively, you get to feel like you’re not worried about making mistakes quite as much. That’s a nice productive environment to foster creativity and bold, weird decisions,” added Matt McGorry.
Nick Sandow agreed, “It’s taken another step. Jenji Kohan’s the Trojan horse — she’s dealing with some really great issues. As far as the prison system goes, she’s really at them in a big way and I’m so excited to be a part of that.”
“American Horror Story” creator and “Normal Heart” director Ryan Murphy told Variety that he manages to attract such enviable talent to his projects because, “I’m a stalker, I literally won’t take no for an answer and I’m passionate about it. I only really work with people, for the most part, that I’m a fan of… It’s all about the material, I work with amazing writers, and the scripts are good and the parts are good, especially for women.” He admitted that he’d be stalking nominee Cicely Tyson at the ceremony, and already has a role in mind for her. “I want to find her, I want to work with her.”
“Big Bang Theory,” “Mom” and “Mike and Molly” producer Chuck Lorre — whose “Mom” star, Allison Janney, took home best supporting actress in a comedy — shared that next season, the Anna Faris laffer would be “taking a little bit of a risk… they’re going to be homeless for a while; they’re gonna lose their home and be couch surfing for a while, relying on the kindness of friends.” Lorre admitted, “it’s a challenge to try and find comedy in the darkness, but it’s very rewarding if you can find it, to make it funny but not be disrespectful of difficult stuff.”
“Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons also won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, and Lorre said that Parsons’ character, Sheldon, would continue his burgeoning relationship with Mayim Bialik’s Amy “at a snail’s pace, but given how difficult it is for Sheldon to deal with intimacy and human contact, he’s doing really well.” He added, “That relationship has been really good for the show because it allows us to dig deeper into his character and show a side of him that normally wouldn’t be revealed. You’re not going to find out stuff about him in the comic book store that you’re gonna find out about him when Mayim Bialik gets in his face.” The in-demand producer also teased that the comedy has a “remarkable” guest star coming up in season eight, but couldn’t reveal who it was.
“Mad Men’s” Weiner told Variety , “I’m probably the most relaxed I’ve ever been,” but said that the show’s impending ending “hits me every once in a while,” even though the show is still in post-production and the back half of the final season won’t air until 2015. “There have been so many endings already. First the writers go, then the actors go, then they roll the stages away with the crew, then once post goes away… I’m working my way down to being alone with my computer again,” he laughed. “I’m delaying other decisions until we’re off-air.”
“True Detective” actress Michelle Monaghan wisely refused to choose between costars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, who were both nominated in the lead drama actor category. “I’m so excited for both of them and they both should be nominated,” she said. “What they created together, that dynamic, they really brought out the best in each other… they should arm wrestle for it!”
The red carpet’s must-have accessories were the portable hand fans being handed out at the top of the carpet, with talent and handlers alike sharing the breeze on the lengthy carpet. “Mysteries of Laura” star Debra Messing was spotted giving “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio a kiss on the cheek, while “American Horror Story” costars Jessica Lange and Danny Huston swanned past the print press with producer Brad Falchuk. Halfway down the carpet, the casts of “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show” mingled in a cavalcade of comedians.
Presenter Chris Hardwick refused to name names when Variety asked which nominees he was rooting for, but admitted that he was excited to meet “Ray Donovan” star Jon Voight — who just so happened to appear beside him a few moments later, prompting Hardwick to snap an incognito selfie with the supporting actor nominee while he was mid-interview.