LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Emmy Awards were still a day away, but the Nokia
Theatre was already abuzz Saturday as celebrities popped in to rehearse their
lines for Sunday's ceremony.
TV stars such as Will Arnett, Amy Poehler and Zooey Deschanel practiced
presenting awards on the swooping Emmy stage inside the mostly empty
Seat-saving placards sat where real stars will be Sunday. Laura Linney,
nominated for her lead role on "The Big C," and multiple nominee (and repeat
winner) Jon Stewart both have aisle seats for easy stage access.
Poehler, a double nominee for producing and starring in "Parks and
Recreation," went makeup free for Saturday's rehearsal. Dressed casually in
jeans, a button-down blouse, nude pumps and a ponytail, the actress jokingly
presented an Emmy to Barack Obama, "for this rehearsal only."
When producers asked her to practice accepting an award for an absent winner,
Poehler playfully admonished the fake winner: "(He) thought he was too special
to come tonight," she said. "Bad move."
Poehler's husband Arnett, a fellow Emmy nominee for his guest-starring role
on "30 Rock," carried a coffee cup on stage before running through his lines
with co-presenter Deschanel. He wore jeans, a T-shirt and a black jacket; she
rocked a red sweater with a horse on it over skinny jeans and pumps. Together
they retooled their presentation of the comedy series writing award.
"I was on a plane switching stuff around," she told him.
Once they got their lines down, Deschanel was afraid to open the winner's
"It says it. Can we say it?" she asked an off-stage director. She got the OK,
presented a fake trophy to fake winners, and she, Arnett and two stand-ins
disappeared beneath the stage.
Also rehearsing Saturday were the Tenors, who will perform during the show's
"In Memoriam" segment.