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June 20, 2008

Daytime Emmys: all juiced up


Ah, those four melodic words:

Alcohol will be served.

Now, if only that would extend to the press room. Sadly, it probably won't.

We're talking about the Daytime Emmys, which we'll be covering live this afternoon/evening from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood -- so do come back, ya hear?

To spice things up this year, the organizers have decided to scotch (pun intended) the staid old seating arrangement of military rows and opt instead for round tables like the Independent Spirit Awards, SAG and the Golden Globes.

The most important detail: There Will Be Booze.

Said an unusually astute Sherri Shepherd, who's co-hosting with soap hottie Cameron Mathison:

"Liquor is always an added bonus."

Couldn't agree more.

For those watching at home -- both of you -- and for those of us on site, that could make for a delightful outcome. At least there's the potential for winners to get loose ahead of their speeches and backstage chats. Fingers crossed!

There's a newly devised way for anyone to watch the adult beverages kick in, according to an AP story that details all the tweaks:

Digital video cameras will be placed at each table and attendees will be asked to document their experiences during the show. Throughout the ceremony, the footage will be uploaded to

Now if we can just get our grubby little paws on the unedited footage. Wish us luck.


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