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  • Tony Hale accepts the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role on “Veep” at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Tony Hale mentioned a Tallahassee acting school during his speech—does it really exist? Did he really go there? Anyone else famous go there?

    As cool as that would be, no, Tony Hale did not spontaneously make up an imaginary, Hogwarts-esque acting school during his Emmys acceptance speech. The Young Actors Theatre is real, it’s in Florida, it’s huge — the fourth-largest youth theater in the country — and it has helped launch actors such as Hale, Cheryl Hines of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and others.

    [ Related: 2013 Emmys red carpet report card ]

    Not that Hale wasn’t already talented right out of the gate.

    Read More »from Burning Question: What's the Deal With Tony Hale's Tallahassee Acting School?
  • LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Writer/producer  Vince Gilligan accepts the award for 'Breaking Bad,' winner for Best Drama Series onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

    10. America's Jolliest Announcer

    From the moment the doors opened, the voice of the public-address announcer urging the audience into their seats kept the crowd laughing. Some of his biggest laugh lines:

    • "Please make your way to your seats... The seat fillers are starting to get their hopes up."
    • "The show is starting shortly... This is the perfect excuse to get away from the conversation you are trying to escape."
    • "Attention please, the show will start without you. It will be tragic, but it will."

    9. The Big Threat for Can't-Shut-Up Acceptance Speakers

    At 4:57 p.m. PT the producers still weren't sure if the show would start on time as the Jets-Bills game dragged on. As the minutes ticked away, they gave an obligatory memo over the P.A. to try and keep speeches short: "This year we decided we aren't going to play music [to cut you off], instead our plan is if you go long, this..." and on the screens appeared the Red Wedding scene from "Game of Thrones."

    8. "Breaking Bad" Was the Home-Court Favorite

    Every "Breaking Bad" mention got huge applause from the audience (actor, show, anything in promos). The crowd lost it when "Breaking Bad" won the night's final prize. Literally shouts of "yes!" and "thank God!" erupted throughout the room.

    [Photos: Emmys Red Carpet Report Card]

    7. The Merritt Badge

    Even presenter Tina Fey was surprised when Merritt Wever won. But Fey loved Wever's one-line speech, dying laughing as Fey escorted her out. Later in the night, before the final two segments, the executive producer came out and said to the crowd, "Bless Merritt Wever," reminding people to keep their speeches short.

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus winner of the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her role on "Veep" poses with Tony Hale winner of the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role on "Veep" at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

    6. Best. Cast. Ever.

    The entire "Veep" team was on its feet for Tony Hale's Best Supporting win, staying there as Julia Louis-Dreyfus fist-pumped her way down the aisle to accept her Best Actress award. Hands down, the Veeps were the most fun cast in the room, their excitement palpable. Julia and Tony laughed and held hands as as they ran off stage. And the whole group posed for selfies together during commercial breaks.

    5. No Sore Losers in This "Family"

    Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Ty Burell met up in aisle during third commercial break to chat and catch up. Laughing and happy, there wasn't a hint of bitterness to be seen despite the "Modern Family" cast being shut out of acting awards.

    [Related: The Best and Worst Moments of the Emmys]

    4. House of Mirth

    Far from the evil,

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  • Early in the Emmys telecast, Neil Patrick Harris was talking during a commercial break, and a guy in the background totally videobombed him. Who was that guy? Was that on purpose?
    That guy is "Reno 911's" Paul Greenberg, a writer for this year’s Emmys telecast and, per his friends and admirers, quite the funny man. He's written for Ellen DeGeneres's show, the People's Choice Awards, the Junos, the TV Land Awards, and past Emmy telecasts.
    In fact, he has an Emmy of his own: For co-writing the 2009 Tonys.
    Fellow comedian Paul F. Tompkins confirmed Greenberg as the mystery sidestepper on his official website.
    And in case you're wondering, this Paul Greenberg is not to be confused with the fisherman and essayist of the same name.

    Read More »from Burning Question: Who Was the Emmys Mystery Man?
  • Forget Versace and Vera Wang!

    Sarah Silverman knows how to find a bargain when it comes to red carpet fashion. The funny lady rocked the perfect little black dress at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, and she didn't pay a pretty penny for it, either.

    Silverman revealed to E!'s Ryan Seacrest that she got a deal on the decidedly non-designer pencil dress, boasting, "I bought it online for $60."

    [Photos: See the Best and Worst Dressed Stars on the Emmys Red Carpet]

    The sleek, sexy look was a far cry from some of the comedian's past red carpet attire, like the puffy blue prom bomb she wore to the 2009 Emmy Awards. Silverman did dress up her bargain-basement black ensemble with some pricey Walter

    Read More »from How Much Did Sarah Silverman's Emmy Dress Cost and Where Can I Get One?
  • Night of the Dead

    Edie Falco presents a tribute to James Gandolfini during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

    There were a lot of directions tonight's Emmy's show could've gone in, but by the midpoint it was clear the night had coalesced around a theme few had expected: The Night of the Dead.
    And not the Living Dead, not the bleary-eyed audience members hanging in there as yet another dance number began; nor the ghosts of Jon Stewart's 10-year winning streak. But the in-the-ground dead. Emmy's fallen were out in more force tonight than off the shoulder gowns or spray on tans.
    Every time the show got a little spring in its step, it took a sudden turn for the morbid.

    [ Related: Full list of 2013 Emmy winners ]

    The first and biggest problem was the decision to split up the In Memoriam tributes throughout the show. Rather than doing them all at once, in the one giant let's-pause-to-remember moment that awards shows typically use, the Emmycast returned to the dead theme over and over with heartfelt tributes from Jane Lynch, Edie Falco and others to their lost colleagues of the last year.
    And on top

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  • Bob Newhart, comedy icon. Emmy also-ran.

    Despite seven nominations spanning 52 years and four TV series, the one glaring hole in Newhart's résumé was an Emmy. Until this year, when he finally won Best Comedy Guest Actor for his turn as former children's show host Professor Proton on "The Big Bang Theory."

    Newhart collected his statuette to a standing ovation at last week's Creative Arts portion of the Emmys. Tonight, he got his due on live television at the Primetime awards.

    [Related: The Complete Emmys 2013 Winners List

    Newhart popped up throughout the show, first in a backstage look-in with host Shemar Moore. Then sneaking in as one of the Ernst and Young accountants charged with delivering the results. ("Bob Newhart — also an accountant. Who knew?" quipped host Neil Patrick Harris after the bit.)

    And finally as co-presenter of the Writing and Directing awards for Variety Series with another Emmy winner from "Big Bang Theory," Jim Parsons (by contrast, Parsons has won three Emmys

    Read More »from Bob Newhart Finally Gets That Long-Deserved Standing O
  • Has Kerry Washington made Emmy history? (No.) Does "Mad Men" break its actor shutout streak? (No.) Do the 18,000 members of the Academy give "Breaking Bad" the sweep, or do they save their tributes for the AMC show's final season? (Kind of sort of both.)

    Count the wins and the losses in the 65th annual Emmy Awards with us.

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

    Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Read More »from The Complete List of 2013 Emmy Winners
  • If your Emmys pool ballot made it through the evening unscathed — congratulations, you're definitely psychic. The 2013 Emmys was perhaps the most predictions-busting ceremony in recent history.

    Here are the eight big, shocking upsets of the night:

    8. Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Tony Hale over the "Modern Family" guys


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