September 19, 2011 12:00 PM

63rd Primetime EMMY® Awards

Live! FOX Sun., Sept. 18, 8 p.m. ET 5 p.m. PT

LAST YEAR, Melissa McCarthy spent Emmy night doing something “wildly unglamorous”: She TiVo’ed the ceremony and “went to bed early because we had a new baby” [Georgette, now 18 months]. What a difference a year makes. On the heels of her scene-stealing turn in the summer box office juggernaut comedy Bridesmaids, she will walk the Emmy red carpet as lead actress nominee for her hit CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. Despite teasing from her TV costars-“I’ll ask for something like an iced tea and they go, ‘Oh, boy … is this about the Emmy nomination?'”-the humble Midwesterner, 41, says she’s not letting her star-making year go to her head. When asked what excites her most about Emmy night, she says, “Is it lame to say ‘Everything?'”

Where I Keep My Emmys

WHETHER THEY’RE DRESSED UP, PUT ON DISPLAY OR KEPT IN ROTATION, THE AWARDS HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN THESE WINNERS’ HOMES

“In the spare bedroom. I have a Barbie Doll on one of them and a Honey West one on the other.”

-DANA DELANY

“If we ever win, my husband [Kevin Bacon] and I keep it out for a year, then we put it away. There’s a shelf life.”

-KYRA SEDGWICK

“Usually they’re in my office, but right now I’m moving, so they’re in boxes.”

-JEFF PROBST

“I keep them in the library. Of course they are in the wrong library, but I’ll get them back!”

-KELSEY GRAMMER

“I have one of those bookshelves with a sliding ladder, and my Emmy is dead center.”

-JAIME PRESSLY

STEVE CARELL

Sixth Time’s the Charm?

His time at The Office has ended, which means this is Steve Carell’s sixth-and final-chance to bring home an Emmy for playing Michael Scott. “I’m setting my expectations low,” says the perennial nominee, 49. “Winning would be an honor, but it wouldn’t make my experience on The Office any better. It was already great!” Still, he admits, if his name is finally called on Sept. 18, “there will probably be lots of screaming like a little schoolgirl.”

JANE LYNCH

Cheer Leader

AFTER WINNING LAST YEAR FOR GLEE, SHE’S BACK ON THE EMMY STAGE-AS HOST

HOW DID YOU COME TO HOST THE EMMYS?

I like saying yes-but I regretted it immediately. Fear took over. But now that I’ve done SNL, live TV doesn’t feel as scary anymore.

STILL NERVOUS?

I’ll compare hosting to playing Hamlet. Your first reaction is, “Oh my God, I’m playing Hamlet!” But then you break it down into scenes, and before you know it, you’ve done it.

WILL YOU HAVE LOTS OF COSTUME CHANGES?

I said early on, “I am not changing my clothes all the time!” Cut to me now: I think I am going to have five changes. Now I’m more excited about the clothes than I am the show.

YOU WON AN EMMY LAST YEAR. WHAT’S THE SECRET TO A GOOD SPEECH?

You don’t need to have everything written out, but it’s good to have some bullet points in your head. I didn’t mull it over for too long; it’s better if you don’t.

The Don Draper Red Eye

First Matthew Weiner created Mad Men (nominated for 19 awards), and now he’s whipped up this Don Draper-approved concoction, perfect for Emmy-night sipping.

¾ glass of beer

1 oz. vodka (optional)

Tomato juice

How We’re Getting Ready

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS

THE SEXY MAD MEN NOMINEE PLANS TO HEAT UP THE RED CARPET WHILE KEEPING HER COOL

ON THE RETRO cable hit, Hendricks turns heads playing a secretary who really knows how to fill out a ’60s sheath, so it’s no wonder she is looking to the past for red carpet inspiration: “My look’s simple: Old Hollywood glamour,” Hendricks, 36, says of her dress. Will there be jewels to match? “Of course!” But her favorite accessories will be her dates: her husband, actor Geoffrey Arend, and David, a 16-year-old boy from the Make-a-Wish Foundation’s Latisse Wishes Challenge. (“His wish is to go to the Emmys.”) Her other awards-night must? Never let them see you sweat. “It’s always so hot!” she says. “I need to bring a tissue to dab my face.”

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