SHOW BITS: 'Mandy Patinkin, holla;' Obama is fan
Damian Lewis accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for "Homeland" at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/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.
'MANDY PATINKIN, HOLLA!'
Claire Danes came up with the catchphrase of the night when she saluted her "Homeland" co-star during her Emmy acceptance speech thusly: "Mandy Patinkin, holla."
Danes, taking the stage after winning best actress in a drama for the Showtime series, mentioned several names before matter-of-factly calling out Patinkin in the most unexpected way.
Twitter went nuts, with many people suggesting that this saying needs to become a meme, and soon.
As the pop-culture site (at)Gawker put it: "'Mandy Patinkin, holla' is the new Angelina Jolie's leg." From New York Magazine's (at)Vulture site: "'Mandy Patinkin, holla' is the best thank-you ever." And from NPR's (at)nprmonkeysee: "If the Internet doesn't remix 'Mandy Patinkin, holla' by tomorrow morning, it is a failure."
Others suggested that Jewish delis begin baking Mandy Patinkin challah. Still others made references to Patinkin's Broadway bona fides with "Evita" jokes.
If someone can figure out a way to incorporate Patinkin's famous line from "The Princess Bride" — "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, prepare to die" — then the Internet might truly be worthwhile after all.
— Christy Lemire — Twitter: https://twitter.com/christylemire
'HOMELAND' STAR JOKES ABOUT PLAYING HOUSE
Married actor Damian Lewis joked to reporters that he might be doing some extra celebrating with "Homeland" co-star Claire Danes, who is also married and came to the Emmys with a baby bump.
"We're going away to a romantic island together," the red-headed British actor joked. "When that baby is ginger you guys are going to have a field day."
The comment may have gotten some members of the press too excited, one of whom asked Danes a few moments later how she viewed the win in light of giving birth.
"Thank god I am not giving birth," said Danes, who's in an earlier stage of pregnancy.
The pair reunited later in another backstage area, looking very platonic and like two friends enjoying each other's success.
— Anthony McCartney — Twitter http://twittter.com/mccartneyAP
KIMMEL EVENS THE SCORE
Don't ever cross Jimmy Kimmel.
The Emmy host warmly introduced his parents, who were seated in the audience, and told viewers they had always been supportive of their son.
"They always told me I could do anything I set my mind to," he said, "and this year I set my mind to winning the Emmy.
"And guess what? I didn't," he went on. "You told me I could, and I didn't, and I'm devastated. You lied to me!"
Egged on by Tracy Morgan, who was seated beside them and stated, "I don't trust them," Kimmel summoned security to remove Mom and Dad from the auditorium.
"It's OK if you Taser them if you need to," he told the security men.
— Frazier Moore —Twitter http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier
DANES PROUD OF OBAMA BEING A FAN
Claire Danes loves that President Barack Obama is a fan of her show "Homeland."
"No pressure," the actress said backstage after her win for lead actress in a drama series at Sunday's Emmy Awards. "It's way cool that he is a fan. It speaks to the relevancy of the show and it's hugely validating.