Last year, “Glee” featured player Jane Lynch took to the stage of the Nokia Theater to accept the Supporting Comedy Actress Emmy. This year she has landed a starring role as host of the 63rd annual kudocast airing live on FOX on Sept. 18.
Lynch is likely to contend again for her scene-stealing performance as Sue Sylvester. Were she to win, she would be the first emcee to pick up an Emmy since Tom Selleck won Best Drama Actor for “Magnum P.I.” while presiding over the 36th annual awards in 1984.
In making the annoucnement, academy chair and CEO John Shaffner said, “We’re delighted to have Jane Lynch host the Primetime Emmys this year. When our host has comedic, dramatic and musical talents — as Jane proved in last year’s opening number — we know it’s going to be fun for us and for the audience at home!”
Added rookie Emmycast producer Mark Burnett (“Survivor”): “Jane was my first and only choice as the host for this year’s Primetime Emmys, and I am glad she said ‘yes.’ She has incredible comedic timing, and is a charismatic, talented actress whose energy leaps off the screen and stage. I am thrilled and excited to have her as our host.”
And Lynch said, “I am tickled pink to be hosting the Primetime Emmys on FOX. I’m looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit.” She is only the third woman to solo as host of the Emmys. The first was Angela Lansbury in 1993 on ABC and the second was Ellen DeGeneres in both 2001 and 2005 on CBS. The first woman to co-host was Lucille Ball with her then-husband Desi Arnaz at the 4th awards while the most recent was Heidi Klum at the 2008 Emmys.
As of late, the emcee of the Emmys has been drawn from the talent pool of the presenting network. Last year, NBC showcased their new late night star Jimmy Fallon, the year before CBS used Neil Patrick Harris of “How I Met Your Mother” to host. The last time the Emmys were on FOX was in 2007 and Ryan Seacrest, who presides over ratings juggernaut “American Idol” for the network, was the solo host. The following year, ABC tapped Seacrest and the rest of the nominees in the newly-created Reality Show Host category to co-host and the result was one of the worst-reviewed Emmycasts ever.
Last year, Lynch and the kids of “Glee” took part in the spirited opening of the Emmys.