Jon Hamm, left and Jennifer Westfeldt arrive at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Show Bits brings you the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.
FROM 1 JIMMY TO ANOTHER
Jimmy Fallon is playing musical chairs at this year's Emmy Awards, in more ways than one.
The 2010 Emmy host, interviewed on the red carpet, noted he has passed hosting duties on to another Jimmy this year, name of Kimmel.
As a result, Fallon said, he doesn't even have a ticket to the 2012 show.
"But Clint Eastwood said he was going to save me a chair," Fallon cracked.
His advice to this year's Jimmy: "Don't make out with Betty White. There's cameras everywhere and you'll get caught. And definitely go to Honey Boo Boo's after-party, cause that's gonna be where it's at."
— Frazier Moore — Twitter http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier
SEEING STARS ON THE RED CARPET
At the Emmys there's the red carpet and then there's — well — the other red carpet.
As the main red carpet fills up, security tries to keep the line moving by directing the big stars down the carpet where cameras are lined up to film them and entertainment journalists are waiting to interview them.
Meantime, the less famous are directed down a parallel red carpet closer to the fan bleachers.
"Please continue walking," security guards continuously say.
Sometimes they'll also give a gentle nudge to someone on the B-list red carpet who lingers too long taking pictures of the folks on the A-List red carpet.
— Anthony McCartney — Twitter http://twittter.com/mccartneyA
QUICKQUOTE: JESSE TYLER FERGUSON
"It's so warm I thought a nice flannel tux would be appropriate." — Jesse Tyler Ferguson of "Modern Family" on the Emmy red carpet.
GETTING THE STARS' ATTENTION
"Jesse Jesse Jesse!" the crowd chants trying to get the attention of "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. He obliges with several waves to the bleacher crowd.
Before the first stream of stars arrived on the Emmy Red Carpet, a show producer told them to "make everything personal" if they wanted to get their attention.
It may take several chants, but the stars often answer with a wave, a smile or the occasional fist pump.
— Anthony McCartney —Twitter http://twittter.com/mccartneyAP
KEEPING COOL IN THE FAN BLEACHERS
Fran and Elmer Armstrong are awards show veterans, joining throngs of fans for at least their sixth Emmy Awards Show on a sweltering Sunday afternoon.
The retired St. Louis couple's quest for a front row seat in the fan bleachers beside the red carpet began when they lined up outside the Nokia Theatre around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. As the day progressed, and temperatures rose, they hung in there, cheering as the cameras from E! Entertainment television filmed pre-show segments.
"Goodbye Guiliana," 70-year-old Elmer Armstrong shouted to anchor Giuliana Rancic as the E Entertainment crew wrapped up.
With temperatures topping 90 degrees, he and his 71-year-old wife were like many in the stands — trying to keep cool with water and wet paper towels. At least this year's stands are shaded. Elmer Armstrong recalled one year when fans were forced to sit in the blazing sun.
That's not the only change to this year's fan seating — a tall wall keeps fans from glad-handing or even getting autographs from cooperative celebrities.
Elmer Armstrong remains at the ready, however — keeping his digital SLR camera and telephoto lens handy to get shots of the stars.
— Anthony McCartney — Twitter — http://twitter.com/McCartneyAP
EDITOR'S NOTE — Show Bits brings you the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.