Burning Emmy Questions: Kyle Chandler's Lost Speech, Comedy Actress Pageantry and More!
After accepting his trophy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Friday Night Lights champ Kyle Chandler raced back to the mic, but his audio had already been cut off. What did he say?
“I was thanking my TV wife, Connie Britton,” Chandler told TVLine at the Governors Ball later that night. “It takes two to dance, and she was the other partner. I also thanked my [real-life] wife and my children.”
Will FNL‘s big night at the Emmys boost the chances of the feature film getting made?
“Absolutely, I think it could help,” said exec producer Jason Katims shortly after scoring gold for penning the show’s series finale. “To me, the thing that was most moving about tonight was just hearing the audience’s response [to the wins]. It tells me people are still passionate about the show and, even though it’ll take us a little while to get a movie out, they will still remember it. I would really love to do it. And I know [fellow exec producer] Peter Berg would love to do it.” Katims added that he’s currently “breaking the story” for the movie. “I’m back in the world of Dillon, Texas,” he said. “But until I have an actual script, nothing can happen.”
Whose idea was it to turn the Best Comedy Actress sequence into a mock beauty pageant?
The genius stunt was the brainchild of nominee Amy Poehler, who took inspiration from a classic Tim Conway/Harvey Korman/Chevy Chase Emmy bit that similarly involved the trio standing up when their names were announced. “I always want to try to organize the ladies in my category to do stuff, but I never want to push it, because I tend to be a little pushy,” Poehler explained to TVLine after the ceremony. “And then weirdly a couple of days ago at a dinner with some friends who are also friends of Martha Plimpton, we started talking about how cool the ladies in our category are and how ‘Who cares who wins?’ And then Martha said, ‘I’m down with whatever.’” So we started brainstorming and came up with the Miss America idea. And then we found out Rob Lowe was presenting our category – jackpot! I feel like I’m in a Miss America pageant when I’m with him. And then we just contacted all the ladies and immediately everyone was on board. All the emails I got were like, ‘I’ll do whatever you want. I don’t care.’ What a good group of broads.”
Where was Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominee Michelle Forbes when her category was announced?
In the restroom! “I would run to the bathroom at the worst possible time,” the Killing star told TVLine with a laugh at HBO’s Emmy party. As it is, Forbes knew Margo Martindale was a lock to win. “That award was always Margo’s,” she said. “I want to be Margo when I grow up!”
What did Parks and Recreation‘s pseudo-jaded Aubrey Plaza think of the polarizing ceremony?
“It needed more Charlie Sheen,” she confided to TVLine at the Governors Ball. “And that’s my honest opinion. I wanted more Charlie.” (Additional reporting by Megan Masters)