SHOW BITS: Emmys, congrats passed out backstage

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Aaron Paul, left, and Bryan Cranston arrive at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Show Bits brings you the 65th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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AARON PAUL — BACKSTAGE EMMY HOST

Aaron Paul is not just the star of a hit TV show.

In a pinch, the "Breaking Bad" actor can even double as the guy who hands out the backstage Emmy Awards.

The producers of "Breaking Bad" warmed the trophy table to collect honors for TV's best drama, the actor began passing them out.

"If there's one remaining, I'm taking the extra one," quipped Paul, who was nominated for best actor in a drama series but didn't win.

— Sandy Cohen - Twitter https://twitter.com/apsandy

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JULIE BOWEN CALLED THAT ONE

Claire Danes got a warm congratulatory hug from Julie Bowen when the winner of this year's Emmy for best dramatic actress in a TV series bumped into one of the stars of the comedy "Modern Family" backstage.

"No great surprise," said Bowen, herself a nominee for supporting actress in a comedy series and a past two-time winner of that award.

"Are you going to rush home to baby?" she asked Danes.

"Baby's asleep!" Danes said before collecting her Emmy.

— Sandy Cohen - Twitter https://twitter.com/apsandy

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QUICKQUOTE: STEPHEN COLBERT

"Look, I'm in the future!" — Stephen Colbert, juggling his two Emmys backstage as he tries on a Google Glass a show worker was wearing.

— Sandy Cohen - Twitter https://twitter.com/apsandy

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EXIT STAGE LEFT

After accepting the award for outstanding directing for a movie, Steven Soderburgh booked it off stage, not waiting for the trophy model to accompany him.

While many winners are confused about which way to go after they've made their acceptance speech, Soderburgh seemed to have had a path toward backstage mapped out ahead of time.

And he didn't look back.

— Derrik J. Lang - Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang.

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DOING THE VICTORY DANCE

"Dancing With The Stars" choreographer Derek Hough did a little backstage choreography on himself as he collected his Emmy.

Hough waited to grab his shiny new trophy until his publicist had her camera ready.

"I need a picture of just all this, like you handing it to me," he said, pausing with his hand out until she snapped the shot.

"Wait, now I have to carry this thing around?" he asked.

"Just kidding, just kidding," he added.

— Sandy Cohen - Twitter https://twitter.com/apsandy

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WE CAN ALL AGREE ON THIS — WE LIKE NEWHART

Inside the Nokia Theatre, there's been some notable reaction to some of the tributes and surprise wins and losses, including cries during the Cory Monteith remembrance and a few gasps when Jeff Daniels and Bobby Carnavale collected Emmys.

Pretty much everyone rose in unison, however, when TV legend Bob Newhart came on stage.

Jimmy Kimmel and "Modern Family" co-star Eric Stonestreet were among the first celebs on their feet for the standing ovation.

Newhart has had one popular show after another over the years, from "The Bob Newhart Show" in the 1970s to "Newhart" in the 1980s to "Bob" in the 1990s.

But the 84-year-old actor hadn't won an Emmy until last week when he snagged one at the creative arts Emmy ceremony for his guest role last season on "The Big Bang Theory"

— Derrik J. Lang - Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang.

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COLBERT'S ROMANTIC SHOUTOUT

He may play a pompous you-know-what on "The Colbert Report," but Stephen Colbert just may win this year's prize for the most romantic shoutout to a spouse by an Emmy winner.

In his own way, of course.

As he collected the first of his two Emmys, Colbert thanked his wife, Evelyn, or "Evie," for being "so cruel and sexy."

We didn't know exactly what he meant about the "cruel" part, but we didn't really need to.

Colbert also gave a shoutout, albeit not as romantic, to another partner of sorts — Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show," thanking him for "setting the standard and giving us inspiration."

— Jocelyn Noveck - Twitter https://twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP

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NOT TODAY FOR UNDERWOOD'S 'YESTERDAY'

Emmy watchers were swift in their negative reviews of Carrie Underwood covering the Beatles' "Yesterday" during the Emmy Awards

Underwood broke into song after Don Cheadle introduced a montage of 1960s news clips of President John F. Kennedy's assassination and Beatlemania. He said it was a time when TV news truly came of age.

Off-key and unnecessary were what many people who took to Twitter had to say of Underwood's performance. Within minutes of singing the song's final notes she was a worldwide Twitter trending topic.

Tweeted Conan O'Brian show writer Sean O'Connor: "Some people never forget where they were when JFK got shot, but I will never forget where I was when Carrie Underwood murdered The Beatles."

— Anthony McCartney - Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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STARS REACT TO MONTEITH TRIBUTE

The inclusion of young "Glee" actor Cory Monteith among individual salutes at the Emmy Awards was a tough topic on the red carpet.

Monteith, who was 31 when he died in July of a drug overdose, was chosen by show producers over such veteran actors and Emmy nominees as Larry Hagman of "Dallas," Charles Durning of "Evening Shade" and Jack Klugman of "The Odd Couple."

"Cory had a very special place in our cultural history this year," said Mayim Bialik of "The Big Bang Theory." ''It's such a hard thing to handle either way. Different people are honored for different reasons."

Veteran actress Margo Martindale of the new show "The Millers" called Hagman, Durning and Klugman "icons for me."

"Everyone should be included," she said. "Is it that there could only be so many people and so little time?"

The individual segments were in addition to the traditional "in memoriam" piece that groups together industry members who died in the past year.

Monteith was by far the youngest of the individuals singled out and had never been nominated for an Emmy.

Others honored individually were "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton of "All in the Family," comedian and actor Jonathan Winters and "Family Ties" producer Gary David Goldberg.

— Beth Harris - Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/beth harrisap

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SIR ELTON REMEMBERS LIBERACE

Upon being introduced by Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, the stars of HBO's Emmy-winning Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra," Sir Elton John spoke both of the performer's influence and his great dress sense.

Then he added, "What I was not aware of years later was his lifestyle."

And then came the punch line: "Yeah right."

Noting the longevity of Liberace's career, John added, "What a difference those 25 years have made to people like me... and me."

— Jessica Herndon - Twitter https://twitter.com/SomeKind

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HARRIS FINALLY SINGS!

Neil Patrick Harris didn't disappoint. It just took him a while to get to the song-and-dance number everyone was waiting for.

It came right about the middle of the Emmys show — and it was most aptly titled, "The Number in the Middle of the Show."

In it, the Emmys host addressed the expectations — unmet — that he was going to open the show with a musical number.

"Opening numbers are so old hat," he sang. "Even Hugh Jackman does stuff like that."

Some "really sexy dancing," in the host's words, ensued.

And the many fans of Harris's terrific Tony-hosting gigs breathed a sigh of relief.

— Jocelyn Noveck Twitter https://twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP

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QUICKQUOTE: JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS

"It means a ton because I've actually lost many, many more times than I've won. I've lost 10 times in fact. It's delicious to win." — Julia Louis-Dreyfus backstage after winning the Emmy for outstanding actress in a comedy series.

— Caryn Rousseau - Twitter https://www.twitter.com/carynrousseau

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TINA FEY'S EMMY IPHONE MOMENT

Tina Fey wanted to remember the moment she picked up her 30 Rock writing Emmy, so she whipped out her iPhone and snapped a picture backstage with her co-winner, Tracy Wigfield.

After briefly lamenting they were missing Elton John's musical performance, the two got around to clearing the paperwork so they could take their trophies home. Each had to sign to collect the official awards given out backstage.

Before signing her name, Fey drew a heart around the names of her fellow nominees, "30 Rock" writers Robert Carlock and Jack Burditt.

— Sandy Cohen - Twitter https://twitter.com/apsandy

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FROM DIAHANN CARROLL TO KERRY WASHINGTON

Diahann Carroll happily passed the torch to Kerry Washington as black actresses starring in their own TV series and nominated for Emmys.

The 78-year-old actress just wishes it hadn't taken 45 years to happen.

"I feel we're a little behind, we need to catch up," Carroll said on the Emmy red carpet.

Carroll was the first black actress to star in her own show who didn't play a domestic worker. Her role as a nurse in "Julia" earned her an Emmy nomination in 1969.

Washington stars in "Scandal," and was nominated in the lead actress category in a drama.

"We're all very grateful to the Emmys because they've been on our side," Carroll said, referring to the award show's recognition of African-Americans. "At the same time, we'd like it to be a little more with what's going on in the world."

— Beth Harris - Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/bethharrisap

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QUICKQUOTE: TONY HALE

"Was I fine? Because I totally blacked out." — comedy supporting actor winner Tony Hale of "Veep," inquiring backstage about his Emmy acceptance speech.

— Sandy Cohen - Twitter https://twitter.com/apsandy

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SHORTEST EMMY SPEECH EVER?

The agent remained unthanked. So did the family, and actually everyone else, when Merritt Wever won best supporting actress in a comedy series.

In fact, Wever, of Showtime's "Nurse Jackie," spoke so briefly that we can report the entire thing here: "Thank you so very much," she said. "Um, I gotta go, bye."

Wever said backstage she made a quick exit when she realized she was about to cry. She added she wished she had given a shout out to her show's star, Edie Falco.

Still, her brief words were a hit with the Emmy audience — and the show's host, Neil Patrick Harris.

"Merritt Wever, best speech ever," Harris noted.

Was it the shortest speech of the night, if not Emmy history? The race is on.

— Jocelyn Noveck — Twitter https://twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP

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KEEP THOSE SPEECHES TIGHT

With NFL football threatening to delay the telecast of the Emmy Awards, the show's executive producer comes on stage to show the Nokia Theatre audience a bloody clip from "Game of Thrones."

That, Ken Erlich warns Emmy nominees, is what will happen to the winners if they don't keep their acceptance speeches short.

Fortunately for the long-winded, the game ends just as the show is scheduled to begin.

That leads Erlich to make one additional announcement: The New York Jets won.

— Derrik J. Lang - Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang.

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QUICKQUOTE: SOFIA VERGARA

"And Kmart collection underwear but you can't see that unless you rip the dress." — Sofia Vergara, describing what she's wearing under her Vera Wang gown.

— Leanne Italie - Twitter https://twitter.com/litalie

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QUICKQUOTE: JULIE BOWEN

"I can breathe but there's a serious lack of carbohydrates to make that happen." — " Julie Bowen of "Modern Family" on her form-fitting Zac Posen gown.

— Leanne Italie - Twitter https://twitter.com/litalie

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AVOIDING EMMY HUNGER PAINS

The lobby is packed inside the Nokia Theatre, where attendees such as multiple Emmy winner and "The Amazing Race" executive producer Bertram van Munster are mingling and waiting in line for beer, cocktails and snacks before the big three-hour ceremony.

The cost for a cold one: $9.25.

The celebs who ran the red carpet gauntlet are being funneled through a special side entrance draped from view from everyone else. But that isn't stopping a few lookie-loos from sneaking peeks through parts in the curtain.

"Ladies and gentlemen, please make your way into the theater. The seat fillers are getting restless," a female announcer coos a few minutes ahead of show time.

— Derrik J. Lang - Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang.

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OVERHEARD IN THE EMMY FAN BLEACHERS

"What's his name? 'Dumb and Dumber!'" was the shout that went up in the fan bleachers when Jeff Daniels strolled the Emmy red carpet.

Forget that Daniels is nominated for a best actor in a drama Emmy for "Newsroom." Who can forget that classic film role?

Same for Matt LeBlanc, nominated for an Emmy for the comedy "Episodes."

"Oh my God, 'Friends' is my favorite show," someone shouted as he walked by.

"R.J.! R.J.! You're the best!" was the greeting R.J. Mitte of "Breaking Bad" received.

He waved back.

— Caryn Rousseau - Twitter https://twitter.com/carynrousseau

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EDITOR'S NOTE — Show Bits brings you the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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