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Jane Lynch entertained the red-carpet viewers even before going inside to host the show.
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updated 9/18/2011 9:05:02 PM ET 2011-09-19T01:05:02

Although the Emmy Awards are all about television, not every special moment during the ceremony happens in front of the cameras.

The impromptu star-crossings in the theater aisles and many of the congratulatory exchanges backstage may never make it to your TV screen. But don't worry, we've got you covered. From inside the Nokia Theatre to the red carpet outside, from the press rooms to the trophy table backstage, here's a running list of what you don't see on TV:

Slideshow: 2011 Primetime Emmy winners and presenters (on this page)

3:05 p.m. PDT: Nearly two hours to showtime and things are already heating up in the bleachers next to the red carpet. Two early carpet walkers, Lea Michele of "Glee" and Mary Murphy of "So You Think You Can Dance," quickly get cheeky with the crowd. Michele, in an elegant red gown, elicits whoops and cheers with a big wink. Murphy, meanwhile, indulges a fan who shouts, "Do the 'Hot Tamale.'" She responds with her signature arm pump.

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3:20 p.m.: Emmy host Jane Lynch, tall and chic in strapless purple, her left arm stacked with blingy bracelets, makes an appropriately show-stopping entrance. "Thank you so much for coming!" she shouts as the crowd cheers wildly. "She should be freaking out right now, but she looks so calm," notes one bleacher sitter, Vanessa Baenza.

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3:27 p.m.: "Modern Family's" Eric Stonestreet gives better than a wave, a wink or a grin to the crowd. He throws a bagel, one he's autographed with black marker. "I'm going to varnish it and keep it," says Susan Bieszczat, who was lucky enough to catch it.

Story: A day of hellos and goodbyes on Emmy red carpet

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3:42 p.m.: If Kathy Griffin fans were hoping for something semi-outrageous, they weren't disappointed. The comedian, dressed in red, stopped on the red carpet long enough to grin and then give the crowd a double one-fingered salute, using both hands. "We love her!" exclaimed bleacher sitter Victor Fierros.

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3:55 p.m.: "What's up everybody?" shouted last year's Emmy host, Jimmy Fallon, before he and "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan got into a scuffle on the red carpet. But it was all in jest and the former "Saturday Night Live" alums kissed and made up afterward as Steve Carell calmly looked on.

Story: Complete list of winners from Emmy broadcast

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4 p.m.: Here's hoping the stars had a late lunch. An hour before the show concession stands have already shut down and an announcer is badgering people to take their seats. They ignore him, knowing there is no rush. "I wanted a drink, but of course it's already closed," complains Seth Myers of "Saturday Night Live."

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Photos: Fashions of the 2011 Primetime Emmys

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  1. Julianna Margulies

    Julianna Margulies arrives at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 in Los Angeles. In addition to her own nomination for "The Good Wife," she presented the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy to Ty Burrell. She wore a strapless Giorgio Armani Prive gown, with a bustier decorated with clear oval stones and shimmery paillettes. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer

    Emmys host Jane Lynch posed with her "Glee" co-star Chris Colfer. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Kate Winslet

    Kate Winslet matched the red carpet in a red Elie Saab gown. Winslet, best known for her movie work, starred in the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce." (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Matt LeBlanc

    Matt LeBlanc, nominated for "Episodes," walked the red carpet. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Melissa McCarthy

    Melissa McCarthy was an emotional winner for best actress in a comedy series for her role in "Mike & Molly." She designed her purple gown herself. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt

    "Office" star John Krasinski and wife Emily Blunt made for an attractive red-carpet couple. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor

    Now they work for him. His name is Charlie. From left, Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor are the new stars of the remade "Charlie's Angels," which begins this fall. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Christina Hendricks

    "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks' gown is by Joanna Johannson. Her bright red lipstick also drew fashion-critic approval. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Katie Holmes

    Katie Holmes, an Emmy presenter, was striking in blue. Her gown was from the Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Paltrow wore a belly-baring black-sequined gown by Emilio Pucci. She later said she didn't realize how sheer and see-through her outfit was until she arrived at the event. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Martin Scorsese

    Martin Scorsese won the Emmy for outstanding directing for a drama series for the "Boardwalk Empire" pilot. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Heidi Klum, Seal

    "Project Runway" host Heidi Klum attended with her husband, singer Seal. Her strapless gown was designed by "Project Runway" alum Christian Siriano. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Julie Bowen

    "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen won the award for best supporting actress in a comedy series, and Ty Burrell, who plays her husband on the show, won as best supporting actor. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Sofia Vergara

    Actress Sofia Vergara was striking in a tangerine-colored Vera Wang gown. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Kristen Wiig

    Kristen Wiig's bronze gown added some shine to the red carpet. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Jon Hamm

    "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm wore a Tom Ford tuxedo. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Hugh Laurie

    Hugh Laurie stars as crotchety Dr. Gregory House in "House M.D." (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Elisabeth Moss

    "Mad Men's" Elisabeth Moss was one of many Emmy attendees to choose a neutral gown color. She also appeared in the awards ceremony's opening skit, when host Jane Lynch burst in on a mock "Mad Men" meeting. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. 'The Office' cast

    They're co-workers on "The Office" and pals on the red carpet, too. Oscar Nuñez, Creed Bratton, Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey, and Rainn Wilson pose before the awards. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Padma Lakshmi

    Padma Lakshmi's Armani gown features a daring slit up one leg. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Rico Rodriguez

    Rico Rodriguez, 13, who plays Manny on ABC's "Modern Family," brought some bright blue to the red carpet. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Aubrey Plaza

    Aubrey Plaza, star of "Parks and Recreation," chose a simple neutral gown. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Jeremy Piven

    Jeremy Piven, star of the recently ended "Entourage," arrives at the awards. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Lea Michele

    "Glee" star Lea Michele matched the red carpet in her Marchesa gown. (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Joel McHale

    Joel McHale brightened up the traditional lineup of black tuxedos with a baby blue offering. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Kiernan Shipka

    Kiernan Shipka, 11, stars as Don and Betty Draper's daughter, Sally, on "Mad Men." (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Jennifer Carpenter

    "Dexter" star Jennifer Carpenter showed a little leg with her striking beaded gown. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Mario Lopez

    "Extra" host Mario Lopez was dapper in black. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Jayma Mays

    Jayma Mays of "Glee" apparently got the memo on keeping things neutral, and chose a nude-colored lace gown. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Kelly Osbourne

    TV personality Kelly Osbourne was striking in black. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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  1. Image: Julianna Margulies
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    Above: Slideshow (30) Fashions of the 2011 Primetime Emmys
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    Slideshow (23) 2011 Primetime Emmy winners and presenters

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