Jimmy Kimmel Will Host the 64th Annual Emmy Awards
Jimmy Kimmel might not be the most universally-liked late night host, but the guy can put on a show, and he does so live every night on his show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live". This year, his abilities will be put to the test as Kimmel has been announced as the host for the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, celebrating the best shows on television as voted on by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, on September 23, 2012 on ABC. Don Mischner will produce the show.
Kimmel is no stranger to awards shows. He's hosted the American Music Awards and ESPYs in the past, and he has a yearly post-Oscar live show that usually brings forth some of his best moments. But this will be his first time hosting a big event such as the Emmys.
”I hope to be able to do for the Emmys this year what Eddie Murphy did for the Oscars,” said Kimmel, jokingly in a press release, obviously referring to the Oscar hosting fiasco from earlier this year.
Since the Emmys are shared by the big four networks, the result is usually a host who currently stars in a show on the network, so Kimmel was the obvious choice as a late night host at the top of his game and plugged in to the awards scene. Last year gave us Jane Lynch on Fox, and the result was a bit uneven, especially coming off great hosting gigs from Jimmy Fallon and Neil Patrick Harris the two years before that. The last time ABC had the event, there were five hosts, including Tom Bergeron, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst, Ryan Seacrest and for some reason Heidi Klum, and the result was simply a terrible show. In other words, the bar is pretty low for Kimmel, but that's probably how he likes it. He probably won't pull any punches making fun of the attendees and nominees, and he's no stranger to skits, so it should make for a good show.
As for who will win, that's a question for another day, and a complicated one at that. Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire will once again be powerhouse shows for HBO, but AMC will have Mad Men and Breaking Bad back in the drama categories to compete, and anything can happen in the comedy categories after an eventful year (who are we kidding, Modern Family will probably win everything again).
Tune in to BWP in the months leading up to the September 23rd show for more in-depth coverage!