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Legend entertains at Showtime Emmys pre-party
Posted 9/23/2012 10:06 AM ET

Stars started the Emmys party early, gathering at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood to celebrate Showtime's nominations. A recap:

Stars:

Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Edie Falco, Michael C. Hall, John Legend, Don Cheadle, Morena Baccarin, Beau Bridges, Jennifer Carpenter, Mandy Patinkin, Merritt Wever, David Harewood, Navid Negahban

Scene and heard

Musical guest: John Legend gave partygoers a half-hour concert singing and playing the piano as guests huddled near the alcove where he performed. Songs included Save Room, Stay with You, Dancing in the Dark and Here Comes the Sun.

Legend, a huge Homeland fan, is working on his new album, Love in the Future. "It should be done soon. I'm tired of telling people exactly when, because you can't rush creativity." Legend is extending his reach beyond music, too, working with Showtime on some potential projects. "We're developing a few ideas," he said.

Oval Office ovation: Homeland has a big fan in President Obama. "He loves Homeland. He watches it on Saturday afternoons, he told me. That's very exciting," said Damian Lewis, who was invited with his wife, actress Helen McCrory, to the White House. "Helen and I sat at the president's table with he and Michelle and chatted and had dinner. I had Mr. Warren Buffett on my left. It was a great night. It was unforgettable."

On the Homeland front: Claire Danes, her baby bump showing in a blue Jason Wu dress, promised an exciting second season (Sept. 30). "I think it's going to be incredibly taut and exciting and suspenseful, certainly as much as the first season. I think it's going to be a thrill ride," she said. Her character, Carrie Mathison, "has stabilized. She's on her meds. She's not as erratic, but she's certainly intense."

"The new season perhaps lacks the nail-biting ambiguity" of the first, Lewis said. "There are certain things which were established at the end of the first season. Carrie Mathison (Danes) comes to accept that she is bipolar and has a condition and she engages with it and I think has a confidence from that because it's out in the open now. And Brody is now in public office, has made a decision not to do something and has at least declared an intention to be non-violent this season. I think there's still a question about whether that's true or not. So there's a lot more that's explicit this season and it changes the tone of the show a little bit. But it's still a white-knuckle ride."

L.A. boost: East Coaster Edie Falco, who has won Emmys for Nurse Jackie and The Sopranos, enjoys the travel benefit of being an Emmy nominee. "I like coming out here. It's fun. I get to see friends and the weather is great. I'm enjoying myself." Falco, the mother of two, got to relax a little during the show's break before its fifth season. "I had a real family summer. I got to hang out with my family and have a vacation. Now, they're back in school, and I'm back at work."

Death watch: When Dexter Morgan's sister, Debra, spotted him killing one of his subjects at the end of last season, it changed the whole Dexter dynamic as it starts its seventh season on Sept. 30. "While questions are flooding in for Debra, I think a lot of answers are coming, as well. A lot of behaviors are being justified and explained for this," said Jennifer Carpenter, who plays Debra. "It doesn't happen in the blink of an eye, where everything comes together. It's a slow process and that's what this season is all about."

Posted 9/23/2012 10:06 AM ET
 "I think it's going to be incredibly taut and exciting and suspenseful," Claire Danes said of 'Homeland's season 2 which begins Sept. 30.
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"I think it's going to be incredibly taut and exciting and suspenseful," Claire Danes said of 'Homeland's season 2 which begins Sept. 30.

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