So far, so cool.
Shortly before the Emmy red carpet opened, publicists and reporters strolled the walkway, pleasantly surprised by the temperate weather and the ease of the carpet’s straight-line configuration offering plenty of elbow room.
“This is brilliant,” said awards show vet Jeanne Wolf of the move of the red carpet to Chick Hearn Court alongside the Nokia Theater in the LA Live complex.
In past years, the carpet started near Figueroa Street and made an L turn into the theater. But the Monday timing of this years ceremony forced a change, as Figueroa could not be blocked off to through traffic on a weekday. The question of how the traffic flow will go when attendees start to arrive is still an open question.
Given that it is late August, the mercury is also cooperating with only mild heat. Canvas tenting over the length of the carpet also mitigates the glare of the sun. Ceiling fans are also a welcome addition this year to keep a breeze going.
Earlier in the day, NBC president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy scoped out the carpet preparations. He too was pleased. “Sometimes when you’re forced to change by the city of Los Angeles’ traffic restrictions, you wind up with something much better.”
Telegdy wasn’t giving out any spoilers about the ceremony. But he did say that there would be a musical number about mid way through the show that is not to be missed. It will involve Andy Samberg and hark to host Seth Meyers’ “Saturday Night Live” roots, he said. “This should live virally for us in a big way,” Telegdy predicted.