Many of the biggest stars in television and streaming entertainment gather tonight in Los Angeles for the Emmy Awards, the U.S. Television Academy’s annual celebration of excellence.
Here are four storylines to keep track of as the awards get underway:
Following in the award-show footsteps of the Oscars and the Canadian Screen Awards, the Emmys have nixed the notion of a traditional emcee (or two).
Instead, a cavalcade of famous presenters will be expected to keep the show moving. Lilly Singh, Viola Davis, Michael Douglas, RuPaul, Amy Poehler and the casts of Game of Thrones, Veep and Keeping Up with the Kardashians are just a taste of who’s on the bill.
No host likely means the evening will be light on sketches, although we’re not complaining. One of last year’s most delightful moments was impromptu and totally unplanned (by organizers, anyway): the surprise on-stage marriage proposal Oscars director Glenn Weiss, winner of best direction of a variety special, made to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.