TV’s brightest stars will be out in full force leading up to the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, with a party circuit that sprawls across the city throughout the week, utilizing an eclectic mix of venues, from old stalwarts to new discoveries. NBCUniversal is choosing to sit out this year’s festivities, while BuzzFeed is getting into the mix with a new event, and Comedy Central is shifting from its typical Sunday berth to a pre-Emmy shindig on Saturday. There’ll be no shortage of party-hopping possibilities on the road to television’s biggest night — check out Variety’s list of Emmy events for the week leading up to the ceremony, which will be updated as the calendar fills up.
Saturday, Sept. 10
Creative Arts Ball, Night 1: 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles Convention Center
Winners and guests from the first night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards will celebrate their victories at a post-show bash, with nominees from the Guest Actor and Actress categories among those set to receive their honors at the ceremony.
Sunday, Sept. 11
Creative Arts Ball, Night 2: 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles Convention Center
The second batch of Creative Arts Emmy winners will have their time to shine, with categories including Reality and Variety Series being honored at the second shoow.
Tuesday, Sept. 13
Directors Nominee Reception: 7 p.m., DGA Atrium
Directors Peer Group members will join governors Gail Mancusco and Fred Savage to fete this year’s crop of nominated helmers.
Wednesday, Sept. 14
Writers Nominee Reception: 7 p.m., Television Academy, Wolf Theatre
Governors Chip Johannessen and Terence Winter will lead the Writers Peer Group members in toasting 2016’s Emmy-nominated scribes.
Buzzfeed Presents The Buzzies: 8 p.m., Hyde
The online juggernaut will host its first pre-Emmys bash by giving out “Buzzie” awards to celebrate the best moments in entertainment from the past year, with DJ Bobby French providing tunes. Stars from “Pretty Little Liars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Silicon Valley” and “Ray Donovan” are expected to attend, along with showrunners, reps, directors and a smattering of social media talent.
Thursday, Sept. 15
Programs Nominee Reception: 7 p.m., Montage Beverly Hills
Governors Hayma “Screech” Washington and Tim Gibbons will host the celebrations for the Producers’ Peer Group.
Audi Emmys party: 7 p.m., Catch LA
The automotive brand will once again hold its annual awards soiree in West Hollywood. This year’s bash will break in the city’s latest rooftop restaurant ahead of its hotly-anticipated public opening on Sept. 19, with musical entertainment provided by DJ power couple Brendan Fallis and Hannah Bronfman.
Sublime Primetime Panel: 7:30 p.m., Writers Guild Theater:
Presented by the WGA West, the WGF and Variety, “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk will moderate a panel featuring the Emmy-nominated scribes behind “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” “The Americans,” “Veep,” “UnREAL,” “The Simpsons” and “Key & Peele,” as they share behind-the-scenes insights about their craft.
Celebrity Page Emmy Nominee Kick-off Party: 6 p.m., Sofitel Los Angeles
Co-hosted by Bella LA Magazine, this red carpet event will honor nominees and presenters.
Friday, Sept. 16
Performers Nominee Reception: 7:30 p.m., Pacific Design Center
Governors Bob Bergen and Lily Tomlin will lead the Performers’ Peer Group in paying tribute to the performers who have been recognized this year.
Television Industry Advocacy Awards: 6:30 p.m., Sunset Tower
Nominees Jill Soloway, Tony Hale, Michael Kelly, Niecy Nash and Derek Hough are among the honorees being recognized for their philanthropic work. The event will benefit The Creative Coalition and is hosted by TV Guide Magazine and TV Insider.
Variety and Women in Film’s Television Nominees Party: 8 p.m., Gracias Madre
A star-studded host committee – including nominees Sarah Paulson, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tatiana Maslany and Regina King – will help celebrate 2016’s crop of ladies who lead, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
UTA Party: 7:30 p.m., the Brentwood home of managing director Jay Sures
The agency counts heavy-hitter nominees like Chuck Lorre, Steve Levitan, Amy Schumer and Benedict Cumberbatch among its clients, giving it plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Vanity Fair Social Club Kick-Off party: 8 p.m., Platform
YouTube personalities and social stars will be on hand to celebrate Vanity Fair’s Social Club Emmy activation, which will also host panels and discussions with influencers on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Culver City space.
Gersh Emmy Party: 8 p.m., the home of senior managing partner Leslie Siebert
Mixologist Tyson Buhler will provide libations for the agency soiree, with attendees set to include nominees Kyle Chandler, Jeffrey Tambor, Allison Janney, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett.
WME Party: 8 p.m., Catch LA
Agency honorees include first-time nominee Matthew Rhys and stalwarts like Andre Braugher, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who will be joined by top agents, execs and colleagues at the chic open-air dining spot.
CAA Party: 8 p.m., Bouchon
The upscale French eatery will play host to some of the industry’s best and brightest, with the agency counting nominees like Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, John Ridley and late night hosts Jimmy Fallon, James Corden and Bill Maher among its clients.
Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party: 8:30 p.m., Nightingale Plaza
Past and present nominees will join fall TV talent to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and spotlight television’s brightest stars at the WeHo shindig.
Saturday, Sept. 17
Principato Young Entertainment Brunch at the Beach: 11 a.m., The Huntley Hotel
The management company will keep things chill with a seaside soiree to honor nominee clients like Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Andre Braugher and Niecy Nash ahead of the big night.
ICM Partners Emmy Brunch: 11:30 a.m., Santa Monica home of founding partner Chris Silbermann
The agency’s annual daytime fete will offer another relaxed alternative to the parade of evening engagements, with clients Tatiana Maslany, Ty Burrell and Vince Gilligan expected to be on hand to celebrate their nominations.
Women Making History brunch: 11:30 a.m., The Montage Beverly Hills
Ladies take center stage at this power powwow presented by the National Women’s History Museum. The brunch will honor Tracee Ellis Ross, Abigail Breslin, Rachel Zoe and Toni Ko.
BBC America and BAFTA LA TV Tea Party: 2 p.m., The London
The best of Britain will raise a cuppa at BAFTA’s beloved gala, situated on the rooftop of the aptly-named WeHo hotel. With thesps nominated from reigning champ “Game of Thrones,” departing favorite “Downton Abbey” and critical darlings “Luther,” “The Night Manager” and “Sherlock,” expect plenty of talent to be making the trek across the pond.
Fox Rothschild LLP’s Emmy Reception: 6 p.m., The Paley Center for Media
Stars including Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett are expected to attend the soiree on the roof of the Paley Center.
Showtime Emmy Eve: 7 p.m., Sunset Tower
Showtime President/CEO David Nevins and Chairman Matt Blank will toast the premium cabler’s assembled nominees — including Claire Danes, Maura Tierney, Jon Voight and William H. Macy — at the intimate event. Guests will be able to chill out with ice cream poolside while enjoying the musical stylings of British blues rock musician Jamie N Commons.
MMPA Pre-Emmy Awards Party – “The Envelope Please”: 7 p.m., Andaz West Hollywood
The Multicultural Motion Picture Association will welcome members and friends for a night of dancing, hors d’oeuvres and award presentations in the hotel’s Panorama Ballroom, set against a skyline view of the city.
Comedy Central Emmys Pre-Party: 9:30 p.m., Boulevard3
The cable network might be aiming to make “Drunk History” while celebrating its 17 nominations on Emmys Eve. It’s sure to be a raucous bash, given that the net’s roster includes Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and the creators of “South Park.”
Evening Before Benefitting MPTF: 8 p.m., Century Park Lawn
The television industry will gather to celebrate the best in the business while raising money for the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s numerous charitable initiatives, which provide financial assistance, crisis counseling and caregiving support to those in need within the entertainment community.
Vanity Fair and FX Networks Celebrate the Emmys: 5 p.m., CRAFT Restaurant
Cast members from “The Americans,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” “Fargo” and “American Horror Story” will be on hand to celebrate the cable network’s 56 Emmy nominations – a basic cable record that surpasses the network’s previous best.
Sunday, Sept. 18
68th Emmy Awards: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, Microsoft Theater
The main event arrives — the 2016 ceremony will be broadcast live from Downtown Los Angeles on ABC, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting the proceedings. The awards will be produced by Don Mischer for the 14th time.
Governors Ball: Immediately after the ceremony, Los Angeles Convention Center
The first stop on the evening’s busy party circuit for the newly crowned winners and thousands of other attendees, situated just a stone’s throw away from the Microsoft Theater. Guests will kick off the night with a lavish three-course meal (heirloom beets; a “turf and turf” combo of beef tenderloin and slow-braised short rib; and tropical coconut mousse) designed by Patina Restaurant Group’s Joachim Splichal, Gregg Wiele, and Frania Mendivil, with wines from Sterling Vineyards.
HBO Post-Awards Reception: 8 p.m., Pacific Design Center
The premium cabler once again leads the pack going into the ceremony, touting 94 nominations – and will likely take home quite a haul on the strength of voter favorites like “Game of Thrones,” “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.” But regardless of how many trophies HBO wins, the Emmy night staple is guaranteed to be a hotspot until the wee hours.
Fox Broadcasting Company, FX Networks, National Geographic Channel Party, Twentieth Century Fox Television Party: 8 p.m., Vibiana
Fox Entertainment Group has plenty to celebrate, with an epic swath of nominations from across the conglomerate’s various production arms – coming second only to HBO. Both “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “Fargo” are frontrunners, and that’s not even counting the likes of “Empire,” “Homeland,” “The Americans” and “Modern Family,” plus the company’s many animated offerings.
Amazon Emmys Celebration: 8 p.m., Sunset Tower
The digital upstart may not have as deep a bench as HBO or FX, but “Transparent” remains a critical favorite, scoring nominations across the board following five wins in its freshman year. First-time Emmy nominees “Catastrophe,” “Mozart in the Jungle” and “The Man in the High Castle” could also add to Amazon’s tally below the line, priming the streaming service for a cheerful evening.
AMC, BBC America & IFC Emmy After-Party: 8:30 p.m., BOA
Stars from all three cable networks will descend on the sleek steakhouse for a night of revelry. Even without Emmy mainstays like “Breaking Bad” or “Mad Men,” AMC and its corporate siblings are still well-represented thanks to “Better Call Saul,” “The Night Manager,” “Portlandia,” “Documentary Now” and “Orphan Black.”
Netflix Emmy Party: Following the ceremony, Neuehouse Hollywood
Stars from nominated hits “House of Cards,” “Bloodline,” “Grace & Frankie,” “Master of None” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will no doubt be on hand to help fete the streaming network at the spacious Sunset spot.