Liz Lemon and Daenerys Targaryen in the same room? Must be Emmy night! (Or the best fan-fic ever.) And if there’s one thing hotter than our favorite small-screen ladies rubbing elbows, it’s second-screen viewing (that thing where you watch TV with another electronic device firmly clutched to your bosom for the most pressing of social media needs).
But one doesn’t simply follow their Aunt Helen or Uncle Bernie on a night such as this — not with the slew of celebrities who will be revealing all the inside Emmy scoop via Twitter, Instagram and Vine. So without further ado, here is a carefully curated list of six celebrities you need to follow before the 65th annual Emmy Awards air on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
Neil Patrick Harris, @instagranph on Instagram
This is NPH’s second time hosting the Emmys (his first since the advent of Instagram, however), and he’s already using the site to post cheeky behind-the-scenes images.
Our hope: Sure, Harris might be a smidge too busy on show night to post a ton of exclusive pics from backstage, but would it be too much to ask for a snap in which he mugs with, say, Jon Hamm? It would be legen — wait for it…
Lena Dunham, @lenadunham on Twitter
Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
The “Girls” creator may very well be the voice of her generation — on Twitter, at least. Dunham is a prolific poster, from all things political to the pop-cultural, and she doesn’t shy away from an overshare. (Something that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who watches her HBO series.) She’s already displayed her keen social media strategy at the Golden Globes, engaging in witty banter with actor Chad Lowe after she shouted him out in her acceptance speech.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) January 14, 2013
Our hope: Dunham’s made no secret of her celebrity-stalking plans, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I’ll also make a more clear list of people to stalk and harass, so I can hit them up systematically rather than flail around. Last year I did not do so well and ended up following Kerry Washington around for 10 hours without actually talking to her.” We smell a few “Scandal”-ous selfies.
Aaron Paul, @aaronpaul_8 on Twitter
Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
The “Breaking Bad” star is as enthusiastic of a tweeter as they come, frequently serving up very colorful (think: blue) commentary during airings of his AMC drama. What will happen when the series’ penultimate episode and the Emmys air on the same night? We’re not sure, but we can’t wait to find out, bitch.
I miss you so much. I love you. I'm so sorry. I didn't know. #BreakingBad
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) September 16, 2013
Our hope: Paul has made it clear that an Emmy for “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan would be a highlight of his life, so if that happens, well, that Twitter bird better take cover, what with all the enthused expletives that will be flying by.
Maisie Williams, Vine
Her HBO epic “Game of Thrones” is nominated for 16 awards, including Outstanding Drama Series.
Williams won the Internet back in June with her hilarious Vine reaction to “The Rains of Castamere” (known to many “GoT” fans as the Red Wedding episode). She’s also used the app to show off her slimy “family.”
Our hope: While Emmys watchers are bearish about the fantasy series’ chances for Outstanding Drama Series, it’s certainly not out of the question (especially based upon the strength of the Red Wedding episode we previously mentioned). If “GoT” ekes out a victory, we expect (nay — demand!) at least one googly-eyed Vine from Williams in honor of her fallen on-screen mother and brother.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Vine
Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
The actor was an early adopter of the video platform, using it to hilarious effect earlier this year when he and a few of his “Modern Family” cast mates were trapped in an elevator for 35 minutes.
Our hope: We’d never wish a repeat of Ferguson’s harrowing half-hour in a stalled lift, so instead, maybe he could find himself in the bathroom when his award is announced and resort to filming his acceptance speech from the toilet.
Mindy Kaling, @mindykaling on Twitter
The “Mindy Project” star’s Twitter feed is part behind-the-scenes diary and part commentary on the state of Hollywood. And we love it. With the pressure off on Emmy night (Kaling’s Fox series didn’t receive any nominations), the actress should have plenty of time to serve up surreptitious observations from inside the Nokia Theatre.
Werewolves have officially "eclipsed" vampires hee hee. But what after werewolves? Centaurs I hope. Channing Tatum'd make a great centaur.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) September 17, 2013
Our hope: Kaling initially caught the industry’s eye with her play “Matt & Ben” about — you guessed it — the writers and stars of the Oscar-winning film “Good Will Hunting.” (Kaling played Ben, naturally.) With Damon nominated for an Emmy for his turn in “Behind the Candelabra,” we can only hope for an historic meeting. (Remember: Pic or it didn’t happen, Mindy!)