Emmys Season Arrives in July

Comic-Con 2010 is history, and the Primetime Emmys are suddenly right around the corner

With Comic-Con in the rearview mirror, the Aug. 29 Primetime Emmy Awards are rapidly closing in.

Howard Mittman Anna Paquin Stephen MoyerAs Hollywood flirted with fanboys and fangirls in the 619, Emmy season was gearing up in downtown Los Angeles. Wired magazine publisher Howard Mittman welcomed stars including "True Blood's" Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer to one of San Diego’s temporary hotspots, the Wired Café (photo at left by Robert Benson).

FIDM opening Mad Men costumesBack in L.A., costume designers descended on downtown's Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Saturday for the opening of the annual installation honoring “The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design,” presented in conjunction with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Two of the stars of the evening were costume designer nominees Lou Eyrich of “Glee” (left) and "Mad Men's" Janie Bryant (right), with Barbara Bundy, director of FIDM’s museum and galleries (photo courtesy of Berliner Studio/BE Images), in front of the "Mad Men" display. 

Eyrich’s work earned her something even more rare than a nomination: an invitation to participate in Fox’s presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour. Credit her and fellow nominee Marisa Aboitiz for star Jayma Mays’ iconic yellow dress, among other “Glee” costumes. 

The installation stretches the spotlight beyond this year's nominees. “Justified” cast members Natalie Zea and David Wilson came out to support costumer Ane Crabtree’s work on their show, while the team behind HBO's New Orleans-based “Treme” rented their own U-haul and drove their costumes in themselves from Louisiana to make the event – a four-day trip.

Alexandra Cousteau Aaron PaulAaron Paul also was looking ahead to the Emmys at a preview of Alexandra Cousteau’s globe-trotting environmental documentary series “Expedition Blue Planet” on Monday night. He chatted with the filmmaker, granddaughter of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, at the event (photo, left, courtesy of Oscar Durand).BrittanySnow KatherineMcPhee

Paul talked up the previous night’s “Mad Men” premiere, a fellow AMC series whose actors compete with Paul and his “Breaking Bad” co-star Bryan Cranston in both lead and supporting actor Emmy categories. Brittany Snow (left) and Katherine McPhee also made the trip to Orange County for the screening (photo, right, by Oscar Durand).

Before the Emmys sneak up to officially end the summer, Fox tapes the last made-for-summer award show on Sunday – the Teen Choice Awards. In addition to multiple hosts, Fox is shaking up the format with a red-carpet press wall that presenters including Sandra Bullock, Ryan Sheckler and host Katy Perry will be able to eat. The edible “step-and-repeat” wall will be made of strawberries, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and other healthy treats. Designers Woolly Pocket and Fox will “harvest” the wall for local schools to make “teaching gardens” after Robert Pattinson, wrestler John Cena and Jim Parsons take the stage at the Gibson.