Los Angeles –
Andy Samberg hopes to roll some silliness into the Emmys ceremony with a little help from his funny friends.
After ceremoniously unraveling the red carpet outside the Microsoft Theater, the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star said Wednesday he’s angling to inject some goofiness into Sunday’s celebration with assistance from the jokesters behind the IFC show and podcast “Comedy Bang! Bang!”
“We’ve got a silly crew,” said Samberg. “I think we’re going to find a good balance. You don’t want it to be too silly or too meta to the point where it feels like we’re not taking the show seriously.”
The first-time Emmys host said he’ll also rely on nominated sketch comedy pals in the crowd, such as Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, to keep the three-hour extravaganza moving along.
“I know it’ll be a funny show,” said the “Saturday Night Live” alum. “We have really funny presenters this year. The deck is very stacked with comedy in the room, a lot of which is due to them including the sketch comedy category in the primetime show this year, which is great.”
The scheduled presenters at the 67th annual Emmys include Jimmy Fallon, LL Cool J, Will Forte, Terrence Howard and Lady Gaga.
Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, said Samberg has free reign as Emmys host.
“The reason he was selected was to be innovative, fresh and funny,” said Rosenblum. “We’re looking forward to that.”
Inside the theater, place cards positioned in seats in front of a cube-covered stage offered a glimpse of the evening’s seating arrangements. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are among the celebs with front row spots.
It’s time to honor the best and brightest from the past season of television with the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, airing live Sunday on Fox.
Andy Samberg, star of the Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” will serve as the host of this year’s event at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The challenge for the team behind the telecast is to preserve the tradition of the Emmy Awards while making it fresh enough to keep viewers watching.
“There are awards shows where you have fresh material every year. Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, fresh material every year. The Emmys, we have recurring shows and reality and comedic series,” says Don Mischer, executive producer of the Emmy telecast. “We know that we have to cover the bases because this is an industry show and we try and cover those the best way we can. In the categories that are less interesting to America and to the viewers across the country, we will probably not spend as much time with those.”
It’s all a matter of making all of the awards, presenters, performances and commercials add up to the best Emmy telecast possible.
BY THE NUMBERS
0: Emmy Awards Jon Hamm has won from his eight nominations on “Mad Men.”
1: Number of times Andy Samberg has hosted the Emmy telecast, although he was a host for the “The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.” He wants to find the right balance: “It’s a tricky balance with awards shows when you’re hosting. You don’t want to overstay your welcome, but you don’t want to do so little that no one noticed you were there, so you try and find that medium,” Samberg says.
5: Emmy Awards “Modern Family” has won for best comedy. It’s tied with ‘Frasier” in that category and could move ahead this year with a win. It will have to beat “Louie,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent,” “Veep” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
15: Length of an NFL overtime. The game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles will be the Fox football telecast just before the Emmy Awards. Mischer isn’t worried about the NFL game running into his telecast.
20: This year’s awards are on Sunday, instead of being shifted to Monday night like last year’s awards. The Emmy telecast rotates between four networks and when it fell to NBC last year, there was a conflict. There was no way NBC was going to bump “NFL Sunday Night” and so the awards show moved.
28: Number of actors picking up their first Emmy nominations this year.
30: Because of a rule change, any series where the episodes run 30 minutes will be considered a comedy. One-hour shows will be in the drama category unless producers can convince a nine-member panel to see it differently.
37: Most Emmy wins by a series, for “Frasier.”
74: Most Emmy nominations for an individual is held by Hector Ramirez, including for his work on CBS’ “The Kennedy Center Honor” and “Dancing with the Stars.”
126: Total number of Emmy nominations for HBO this year, most of any network.
193: Total Emmy nominations for “Saturday Night Live” during its long run on NBC.
20,000: The number of voting members of the Television Academy.