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Emmys 2018: Inside All the Post-Show Parties

The Emmys weren’t over when the credits rolled on the NBC telecast.

In fact, the ceremony, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che for the first time, was just the beginning of what turned out for many television stars and executives to be a very long night of party hopping.

First up was the Governors Ball followed by a slew of network and streaming service soirees held from downtown to West Hollywood.

Read on to get the inside details of what was happening into the wee hours of Tuesday morning…

Governors Ball
L.A. Live Event Deck

There was an a cappella group singing, a band playing on a rotating stage, and even choreographed disco dancers.

Welcome to the Governors Ball!

The truffle french fries served in paper cones were a big hit. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Michael Zegen brought some to Rachel Brosnahan while she was getting her Emmy engraved at the winner’s circle. Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe took some to go as they left the party, dubbed “Emmys Under the Stars.”

Ann Dowd had a few fries while she was talking on her iPhone.

Is there anyone who doesn’t love Karamo Brown? “I love this man,” James Corden said as he embraced the “Queer Eye” star.

Brown’s fiancé, television director Ian Jordan, glowed, “I do, too!”

Rachel Brosnahan, Jason Ralph. Rachel Brosnahan, winner of the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", left, and Jason Ralph at the Governors Ball Winners Circle at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles 70th Primetime Emmy Awards - Governors Ball Winners Circle, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2018

Jimmy Kimmel was one of the first to congratulate John Mulaney when he walked into the party with his Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety special for “Kid Gorgeous.”

A barefoot Samantha Bee caught up with a female pal while they playfully slow-danced together. Also going barefoot? Amy Sedaris.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” producers Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Tom Campbell took photos with their Emmys. RuPaul and Michelle Visage arrived a few minutes later and sat down on one of the plush circular couches.

The “Atlanta” crew hit the party early, downing drinks together alongside someone dressed as series character Teddy Perkins. And no, it wasn’t Donald Glover, who Variety spotted at a table next to Perkins. Perkins proved to be a big hit at the party, snapping photos with several attendees.

“Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown was also on hand early on, with the young star joking outside, “It smells like something out here,” when someone was clearly enjoying some cannabis nearby.

Amy Sherman-Palladino held court at a high top table.

Also spotted together was “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, fresh off his Emmy win, and Wanda Sykes, who recently lined up a new Netflix comedy special. “Westworld” co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy shared a laugh with their star Evan Rachel Wood.

Henry Winkler packed his Emmy in a big black trophy case offered at two tables near the exit. “I am so happy, I don’t know what to do,” the “Barry” star told Variety as he carried the box to his car.

Newly engaged Glenn Weiss and Jan Friedlander Svendsen promised Judith Light they would all get together soon. The “Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” star cracked, “I’m going to be the maid of honor.”

Claire Foy swapped her heels for a pair of flip flops and packed up her Emmy in one those black boxes before slipping into an official Audi Emmys SUV to head to the HBO party in West Hollywood. —Marc Malkin

Netflix
NeueHouse Hollywood

There was no one having a better time at the Netflix party than the young stars of “Stranger Things.”

Millie Bobby Brown hit the dance floor for a good part of the night along with her costars Noah Schnapp and Finn Wolfhard.

Netflix boss Ted Sarandos arrived to the bash long after the party was well under way. James Corden pulled up at about the same time, and the two men chatted as RuPaul and Michelle Visage were waiting for their car to leave.

Inside the party, there was a sushi station as well as wait staff weaving their way through the crowd offering mini sliders and pizza from Italian hotspot Jon & Vinny’s.

Dascha Polanco70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Netflix Party, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2018
CREDIT: Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons talked with friends at one of the many reserved seating arrangements just off the dance floor.

Corden was seen dancing as were “A Star Is Born” actor Anthony Ramos and Dascha Polanco of “Orange Is the New Black.” Polanco’s former “OITNB” co-star Samira Wiley, who won an Emmy last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys for her work on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” arrived a little after 11 p.m., just as ITV America president Adam Sher said hello to Connie Britton, who was leaving with plans to head over to the nearby Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for the “Saturday Night Live” party.

“13 Reasons Why” actor Tommy Dorfman was leaving when “Queer Eye” star Tan France tapped him on the shoulder and asked, “Are you leaving already?” Taraji P. Henson was heard screaming with excitement as she hugged a friend at the entrance.

While many women arrived to the party in heels, they left wearing flip flops handed out at booth inside the party.

The Netflix guest list also included “Stranger Things” star David Harbour, Benedict Cumberbatch, Wilson Cruz, Malin Akerman, Kenya Barris, Alyssa Milano, Katt Williams, Jeff Daniels, Patton Oswalt, Jason Bateman, Billy Eichner, “Queer Eye’s” Bobby Berk, Natasha Lyonne, Fred Armisen, Hal Linden and Marc Maron. —MM

HBO
The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center

The air was sweet-smelling at HBO’s annual post-Emmy bash at the Pacific Design Center, thanks in part to the tropical floral theme of this year’s gathering. 

The area around Henry Winkler’s table was so packed that partygoers practically had to take a number to extend their congratulations to the veteran actor who won supporting comedy actor for his work in “Barry.” Wins for Winkler and “Barry” star and co-creator Bill Hader were among the pleasant surprises of the night for HBO, which championed the unconventional comedy. HBO chief Richard Plepler collected many thank yous, on the Emmy telecast, and at the party for his bold backing of artists and convention-defying programming such as “Barry.”

Bill Hader 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO Party, Inside, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2018

The fact that “Game of Thrones” prevailed for drama series was not so much of a surprise, but still a welcome victory for HBO. “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss also had quite the receiving line snaking around the event space. The “Westworld” gang was in good spirits too as they celebrated Thandie Newton’s win for supporting drama actress.

But for industry-ites, the party’s biggest draw may have been the presence of John Stankey, the new boss of HBO parent company WarnerMedia under the AT&T umbrella. Executives from HBO, Warner Bros. and Turner hovered around the CEO, who is tall enough to stand out even in a packed crowd. 

Stankey said he was impressed by HBO’s performance in an extremely competitive environment. And he promised there was “much more in the pipeline” to keep HBO in the Emmy game in 2019 and beyond.

Among the non-HBO Emmy winners spotted making the rounds: Emmycast exec producer Lorne Michaels, “Better Call Saul’s” Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn, and Tiffany Haddish.—Cynthia Littleton

Hulu
Nomad Hotel

“The Handmaid’s Tale” may not have been able to pull out repeat Emmy wins, but that didn’t stop its platform from celebrating after the 70th annual ceremony. Hulu’s two-story fete was meant to honor its key nominees, but its guest list spanned a number of new and returning original series.

Representing “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Elisabeth Moss arrived early and popped in and out. Showrunner Bruce Miller made the rounds, in good spirits, pointing out that 20 nominations for his series was still something of which he was very proud and that he’s focusing on writing the third season. Super fan Chrissy Teigen took selfies with cast members including Ever Carradine and Samira Wiley.

Samira Wiley and Nick Tran70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Hulu Party, Los Angeles, USA - 17 Sep 2018

Meanwhile, “I Love You, America’s” Sarah Silverman held center court downstairs with her father by her side for much of the night, just a table away from Alexis Bledel and her husband Vincent Kartheiser. Peyton List and Ajiona Alexus got their first tastes of what being in the Hulu family will be like — they star in the upcoming “Light as a Feather” thriller series bowing next month. And “Marvel’s Runaways” star James Marsters took advantage of the photo area on the second floor.

There was at least one Emmy on-site for photo opps, too: Regina King brought by her new trophy for lead actress in a limited series/tv movie for rival streamer Netflix’s “Seven Seconds.”

Guests didn’t go home empty-handed, with every party-goer getting a turn at a special vending machine that dispensed nominee-branded swag, including “The Looming Tower” power banks, “I Love You, America” sunglasses and “The Handmaid’s Tale” “Under His Eye” masks, as well as gift cards to Postmates and Lyft, and Hulu-branded slippers. —Danielle Turchiano

TNT/TBS
Dama

Celebrating 14 wins out of 33 nominations, this soiree served as a mash-up between TBS’ “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (she brought her entire staff of 50-plus people, including correspondents Allana Harkin, Ashley Nicole Black, Amy Hoggart, and Mike Rubens) and “The Alienist” cast (co-stars Luke Evans and Daniel Brühl as well as Douglas Smith, Robert Wisdom, Matthew Shear, and Q’orianka Kilcher).

“We had both [shows] representing this year with great stuff,” said Kevin Reilly, president of TNT and TBS, as he sipped a cocktail with a sexy name. “I’m having a Latin Lover,” he said with a smile. But despite the fun atmosphere, complete with deco-tropical design, the five-piece Cuban band SitaraSon playing Latin dance music, and a vibe straight out of “Havana Nights,” Reilly was all business. “These are literally the most profitable, biggest networks on basic cable, and I just felt like their work should be among the best and stand for what’s great on television,” he told Variety. “It’s just been incredibly satisfying to see the talent that has come and the work that has come with it.”

Luke Evans Kevin Reilly
CREDIT: Katie Jones/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Nearby, Sandra Dewey, the president Studio T and TNT and TBS business operations, was talking up “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins’ upcoming series “I Am the Night” starring Chris Pine, and Turner president David Levy — who proudly noted that he has been at the company for 31 years — showed off the animated clip of “Rick and Morty” presenting at the Emmys on his phone. “The crowd was cheering,” he told Variety.

The menu created by chef Antonia Lofaso and inspired by her travels across Latin America included passed hors d’oeuvres such empanadas, crispy squash flowers, and lamb chops served with olive salsa verde and arugula — which proved to be a big hit with Brühl and Evans, who took a brief break from vaping to chow down — as well as a raw bar featuring oysters, Alaskan king crab legs and shrimp cocktail, a tapas station, a taco stand, and, for dessert, soft-serve ice cream and mini churros.

Other execs spotted in the crowd that partied on until midnight included Sarah Aubrey, EVP, original programming, TNT; Joey Chavez, SVP, original programming, TNT; Michael Bloom, SVP, unscripted and live programming, TNT and TBS; and Thom Hinkle, EVP, original programming, TBS. — James Patrick Herman

Fox
Vibiana

A solid night for Fox — thanks to Emmys won for FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” and “The Americans” and the Fox 21-produced Netflix miniseries “Seven Seconds” — livened what could be the company’s last Emmy party ever, thanks to the pending Disney acquisition deal. “It’s a great night,” said Fox Television Group CEO Gary Newman as executive counterpart Dana Walden talked nearby with “Crime Story” creator Ryan Murphy.

“Welcome to the Neighborhood” star Max Greenfield was spotted congratulating Regina King, who was toting her best actress in a limited series Emmy for “Seven Seconds.” “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia entered around 9:45 p.m., with “Atlanta” star Brian Tyree Henry arriving about an hour later.

Also spotted were Antonio Banderas of National Geographic’s “Genius: Picasso” and Cedric Yarbrough of ABC’s “Speechless.” Execs on hand included Imagine Television’s Samie Falvey; Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of Amblin Television; FX’s Nick Grad, Eric Shrier, and Chuck Saftler; AMC’s David Madden; and Fox Broadcasting’s Michael Thorn and Rob Wade.

Amazon
Cecconi’s West Hollywood

Everything was indeed “Marvelous” at Amazon’s post-Emmy party, where the streaming service was celebrating a near-sweep of the comedy categories, from the top prize in the series race (the first for a streamer) as well as wins for creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (for writing and directing) and stars Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein.

Their haul of statues made for the perfect accessories for the restaurant, which was decked out in “Maisel pink,” from the balloons that filled the ceiling to the “rose room” stocked with a Moet Chandon vending machine. The rest of the cast was also on hand to celebrate their historic win, including Tony Shalhoub, Michael Zegen and Marin Hinkle.

Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon studios, chatted up CAA’s Kevin Huvane, whose agency reps the series’ stars.

Matthew Weiner held court with Radha Mitchell and Annet Manhendru, who are among the stars of his upcoming Amazon series “The Romanoffs,” his return to series TV after “Mad Men.”

And “Jack Ryan” executive producer Carlton Cuse made the rounds with his wife, celebrating the successful launch of his action series — the most-watched ever on the platform.

Friends and “High School Musical” alums Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale bonded on the carpet along with bold-faced names like Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Josh Duhamel, and Dermot Mulroney, among others.

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