Exclusive: Have we sneakily uncovered the secret Emmy Awards ceremony rundown?

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Based on our tour of the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday morning, Gold Derby can exclusively reveal the top secret show rundown for Sunday’s Emmy Awards ceremony. The show will be hosted by Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“) live on Fox beginning at 4:00 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. ET.

After Wednesday’s red carpet roll-out event with producer Don Mischer, Samberg, and TV academy officials, we took a tour of the downtown Los Angeles theater. Photo cards were scattered throughout the audience indicating where the nominees and presenters will be seated (see photo gallery below). These are a regular tradition at awards shows. They help the directors and camera operators run through all of their potential moves before the actual live show. 

Watch our recent Emmy webchats with many of this year’s nominees

Each card indicates the order of presentation (such as A6 on the card of Best Comedy Actress nominee Amy Poehler above). By piecing those card numbers together like a puzzle, here is the order for all 26 categories on Sunday. Keep in mind, however, that producers might change any portion of this schedule before the actual event, especially now that we’ve spilled their secret.

1. Comedy Supporting Actress
2. Comedy Writing
3. Comedy Supporting Actor
4. Comedy Directing
5. Comedy Actor
6. Comedy Actress
7. Reality-Competition Program
8. Movie/Limited Series Writing
9. Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress
10. Movie/Limited Series Directing
11. Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actor
12. Movie/Limited Series Actress
13. Movie/Limited Series Actor
14. Limited Series
15. Variety Series Writing
16. Variety Series Directing
17. Variety Sketch Series
18. Variety Talk Series
19. Drama Writing
20. Drama Supporting Actress
21. Drama Directing
22. Drama Supporting Actor
23. Drama Actor
24. Drama Actress
25. Comedy Series
26. Drama Series

It does appear that almost all the acting nominees will be attending. However, we did not see seat cards for Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones“), Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report“), Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline,”) Bill Murray (“Olive Kitteridge“), Mark Rylance (“Wolf Hall“), and Emma Thompson (“Sweeney Todd”), so it is very possible they will be missing the show.

Experts Emmy predictions: All 32 categories

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