30 Rock Cast

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8:40 p.m.:  "Tonight, I was really taken by surprise...I was just sort of dazed and confused when I was up there," says James Spader, an upset Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner for Boston Legal.

8:41 p.m.:  Let's try not to imagine how James Gandolfini feels.

8:41 p.m.:  So, are the Emmys better in the round? Not according to Spader. "It was disconcerting to speak at all with the way the stage was set up," he reports.

8:46 p.m.:  According to Conan O'Brien, a winner for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the Emmys in the round "was neat."

8:47 p.m.:  The upbeat O'Brien, last year's Emmys host, has nothing but upbeat words for this year's Emmys host—once he's done joking that Seacrest is probably hosting a post-Emmys show in the parking lot. "I thought he did a nice job," O'Brien says of Seacrest.

"He did it his way."

8:49 p.m.:  The cast of 30 Rock has arrived, literally and figuratively—minus Alec Baldwin, who lost the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy to Extras' Ricky Gervais, who isn't here, either.

8:50 p.m.:  Tina Fey is under no illusion that the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy is going to mean more viewers for the low-rated 30 Rock. "I had friends on Arrested Development," Fey says. "So, I know how hard it can be."

—Filed by Joal Ryan

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