6:55 p.m.: Thomas Haden Church, a winner for the miniseries Broken Trail, arrives, tie off, casual pose on. The Texas-born Church is chewing on...something. Something organic, hopefully.
6:56 p.m.: Where does Church get his strength, a reporter wants to know? "Fiber," he reports.
6:57 p.m.: "Brilliant actor!" Ben Vereen shouts at Church from the wings.
6:58 p.m.: Who does Vereen think he is? Cicely Tyson?
6:59 p.m.: "This thing is so pointy; it's like a barbecue fork," Church says, marveling at his spike-tipped statuette.
7:03 p.m.: "The Emmys are designed to be entertaining," says TV Academy chairman and CEO Dick Askin.
7:06 p.m.: "I think it's a very entertaining show," Askin continues.
7:07 p.m.: Look, if the Emmys bring joy to just one person, isn't that what it's really all about?
—Filed by Joal Ryan