No big surprise that NBC has tapped “Late Night” host Seth Meyers is to emcee this year’s Emmy Awards. After all, the peacock net has a tradition of turning to the guy in charge of its 12:30 talker to preside.
In 2006, NBC used the Emmys to showcase Conan O’Brien while it put Jimmy Fallon in the spotlight in 2010. Meyers took over Fallon’s gig as host of “Late Night” this spring.
He has one Emmy to show for his 10 nominations, sharing the Best Song award in 2011 for a tune that Justin Timberlake sang during the opening of “Saturday Night Live.” He contended again in 2012 for the song prize and led the “SNL” writing team that lost six straight bids (2008 – 2013). Last year, he also reaped bids for co-writing the Golden Globes and a “SNL” special edition of “Weekend Update.”
This year’s Primetime Emmys take place in the dog days of summer on Monday, August 25. The ceremony will air live coast-to-coast for those who can be tempted inside on a summer’s eve.
This shift from the usual late September slot is not a surprise given that the last two times that the Peacock net’s turn came up on the wheel, it also moved the kudocast back to August so as not to conflict with its ratings hit “Sunday Night Football.”
However, in a real headscratcher, NBC is airing the Emmys on a Monday … because of an NFL pre-season game on the Sunday night.
Why not just air the Emmys on a Monday in September then?
You have to go back to 1976 to find the last time that the Emmys aired on a Monday — and that was when the awards were in late May to coincide with the end of the regular TV season.
Sure, the Oscars used to air on Mondays but even this granddaddy of awards shows moved back to Sunday in 1999 as the number of TVs in use is significantly higher.
Meyers hails from “SNL,” which used to dub its cast as the “Not Ready for Primetime Players.” And that moniker makes him the perfect host for this year’s Emmys.
The Creative Arts Emmys are set for Saturday, August 16. No worries about low viewership for these awards as they only air in a tape-delayed edited version on Reelz.
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