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Setting Up at Emmys Backstage Petting Zoo

It's about 2 million degrees outside because to every thing there is a season -- and the Los Angeles summer is not the season for the Primetime Emmys.

But it was NBC's turn to broadcast the Primetime Emmy Awards, and NBC had promised what would have been "Emmy Sunday" (Sept. 17) to the NFL -- and the TV academy would not agree to move the trophy show to another night of the week closer to the official start of the "TV season." So here we are at the Shrine Auditorium, south of beautiful downtown Los Angeles -- SoDoLA -- amid hundreds of little puddles of perspiration in black tie.

Technically, we're not in the Shrine. We're in the parking lot behind the Shrine in the General Press Room -- the far end of a white plastic tent that's about the size of the World War II Memorial on the Mall. It's here that The Reporters Who Cover Television are gathered, and this room is where Emmy winners and Emmy presenters rush to discuss Television and Ideals. Grievously, to make it to the General Press Room, they must travel through the Forest of Celebrity Suck-Up Show Rooms and Broadcast Network Newfotainment Programs. And, of course, a quick stop at the photo room to discuss Who They Are Wearing.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 27, 2006; 6:43 PM ET
Categories:  58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  
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