If you were watching the Emmys on TV — and even if you were there — here’s what you didn’t see:
Security guards turns Seal away from the bar as Emmy organizers try cutting off the drinks 40 minutes before showtime.The thirsty and giddy crowd is reluctant to abandon the lobby’s social scene. An official recognizes Seal and gets the bar to make an exception so he can order, and pay for, popcorn.
"Entourage's" Rex Lee does not share Seal’s magic touch. After being turned away from ordering a drink, he searches for a smoking section as a consolation to no avail. His publicist lost his lighter.
"Lost" actors Terry O’Quinn, Jorge Garcia and Daniel Dae Kim huddle with J.J. Abrams and their LA based showrunner, Carlton Cuse. (Based in Hawaii for production, the actors rarely see their boss during the season.) Chevy Chase passes the group on the way to the men’s room giving Garcia a strong and hearty pat on the back. Garcia turns around stunned.
After "American Idol" loses the reality competition, former showrunner Nigel Lythgoe cues up in a long drink line in the lobby. Honoring his long standing product placement relationship with Coke, Lythgoe orders a Coke, a Dasani water (also a Coke product), a white wine, and a giant bottle of Heineken for himself. When he whips out a $100 bill, the bartender gives it the “counterfeit” pen test.
Backstage, back to back Reality Host Winner Jeff Probst shares a congratulatory hug with "Amazing Race" executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Bertram Van Munster. “You guys are like Oprah,” Probst tells his CBS stablemates, remarking on their seventh consecutive reality win.
"Access Hollywood's" Billy Bush pulls his boss over to a backstage flatscreen to laugh at Ricky Gervais’ hilarious “Oscar and Golden Globes attendees are better looking” speech. The two grimace when “The Daily Show” wins the variety/comedy series award.
Minutes after losing Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Charlie Sheen, tries calling his limo from the rear stage door. His wife says, “We’re outta here.”
"Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan hits the backstage men’s room with his Emmy in hand. Accepting dual congrats from a pal on the award and his recent cross country bike ride, Keoghan chats up his next project in the bathroom, saying “We have a movie coming out about the ride … look for it soon.”
Seconds after exiting the stage for his supporting actor win,"Lost's" Michael Emerson is visibly shaken as he clutches his winning envelope. Alone, he shuffles towards the press tent in a daze. (Earlier, he and his wife munched PB+J sandwiches in the lobby — cut in quarters — out of a ziplock baggie.)
At the backstage tent where winners sign for — and pick up — their actual personal trophies, the gaggle of "Daily Show" winners causes a backlog. Jon Stewart whips out his iPhone and erroneously yells out the Giants football score, “40-17." (Giants won 33-31.)
Clutching his trophy, Alec Baldwin rides an elevator down from “winner’s alley” to reclaim his seat in the audience while telling his publicist, “I hope we get (Outstanding Comedy) show … that will make Tina (Fey) happy.” Minutes later, they do.
Justin Timberlake’s “big” poses at the backstage People magazine portrait studio draw 20+ staffers from other news outlets that run over to take personal photos on their cell phones over the backs of People’s photographers.
Post-win backstage, Jessica Lange walks away from her handlers saying "I just got to sit down, I just have to sit down". As soon as she walks over to a lone folding chair amongst writers, she gets her simple flip cell phone booted up just in time for her publicist to say “Jess, we gotta go.” Seconds later, she’s back on her feet.
Returning to winner’s row backstage with the entire "30 Rock" cast, Alec Baldwin hands over his Emmy to a random blonde bypasser who asks him “How heavy is it?”
At the trophy pick up tent, the staffers cheer the return of Lead Actor (Drama) winner Bryan Cranston. "We're so happy to see you again," staffers shout as he bends over to sign the notebook and claim his gold.
Mary-Louise Parker and her guest walk alone towards the Governor’s Ball unnoticed, the guest carrying Parker’s oversized duffel bag.