Emmys 2012: Eye-Popping Surprises to Watch For Tonight (VIDEO)

jimmy kimmel emmys 2012The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are on tonight (starting at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific and airing on ABC), and from what we know so far, the show is shaping up to be a must-watch event. With gorgeous red carpet fashion, 26 statuettes to be won, and three hours spent with the most talented folks in the TV biz (sorry, Kim Kardashian) at the Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A., what's not to be psyched about?!

Well, personally, I would have preferred to see the return of Jane Lynch as host, but Jimmy Kimmel is sure to crack us up, and besides, as he himself admitted, no one ever just tunes in to see the host anyway. But here's what we will be looking forward to ...

  1. "Genuinely weird stuff" - Host Jimmy Kimmel spilled that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences actually green-lit "some genuinely weird stuff on the show." He said, "I really appreciate it and I'm kind of surprised to how open they've been. There will be a couple of things that have never been done for sure that I think will surprise people in the best possible way." Oooh! Things that have never been done? You've got my attention!
  2. Mad Men may make history. What some -- cough yours truly -- consider The Absolute Best Show on TV today could set a record with a five-peat win in the best drama category this year! And Jon Hamm better finally win, as this is also the fifth year he's been nominated as best drama actor for his role as Don Draper.
  3. "Sarah Palin" could actually win! Well, her character that is ... The HBO political drama Game Change, about the 2008 election starring Julianne Moore as Palin, was the most talked about TV movie of the year. No doubt it'll pick up the prize for Outstanding Miniseries/Made for Television Movie.
  4. The funniest ladies on TV will duke it out. There's some seriously -- ironic, I know -- tough competition in the category of outstanding lead actress in a comedy series this go 'round. Zooey Deschanel, Melissa McCarthy, Edie Falco, Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are all duking it out. Maybe it's just because of all the buzz and hype surrounding HBO's Girls, but I have a hunch Lena will cinch it.
  5. We'll get an eyeful of trend-setting couture! Fashion editor Susie Schwartz predicts that tight, body-conscious, as well as fit and flared dresses will dominate the red carpet. (I'm guessing Christina Hendricks won't be shy about rocking her curves in something like that!) Apparently, "lace is going to be huge," as well. Also, I'm looking forward to seeing how Claire Danes, nominated for her Showtime drama Homeland, will show off her growing baby bump in fabulous maternity style!

Check out Jimmy Kimmel talking about what how he hopes the awards will play out tonight ...


Do you plan on watching the Emmys tonight? What are you most looking forward to seeing?

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