UPDATED: Today could not have gone much better for Seth Meyers. After being named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the morning, the Late Night host has been set as host of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC. The network submitted the late-night host to the TV Academy’s Board of Governors, which just voted to approve him, along with Don Mischer as executive producer.
This marks Meyers‘ debut as Emmy host; he previously emceed the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards and the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. His selection continues the tradition of the current host of Late Night to emcee the Primetime Emmys whenever they air on NBC. Four years ago, it was Meyers’ predecessor Jimmy Fallon, and the two previous times it was Fallon’s predecessor Conan O’Brien. In fact, Fallon’s very well-received 2010 Emmy-hosting stint a year and a half into his late-night tenure is credited with giving him extra momentum that took him all the way to The Tonight Show. NBC brass no doubt hope for a similar extra boost for Meyers, who took over Late Night on February 24. Two months in their new jobs, Fallon and Meyers already have established late-night dominance with strong ratings. “Seth’s expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at SNL, as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera on SNL and Late Night, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys,” said NBC’s head fof alternative and late night Paul Telegdy. “Plus, with Don’s vast experience at putting these type of big productions together, we’ll be in great hands.”
Before transitioning to Late Night, Meyers anchored/co-anchored Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update” for 7 1/2 seasons as part of his 13-year stint on the NBC late-night sketch show that has earned him a slew of Emmy nominations and a win, for co-writing the song from host Justin Timberlake’s opening monologue in 2011. This year, he could be a multiple Emmy nominee, both for SNL and Late Night.
This marks Mischer’s return to Emmy producing duty after Ken Ehrlich oversaw the proceedings for CBS last year. Producing with Mischer will be Charlie Haykel and Julianne Hare. Mischer has produced the Primetime Emmy telecast a dozen times, including the last time it was carried by NBC in 2010. Breaking from a longtime Sunday tradition, the 66th Primetime Emmys will take place on Monday, August 25. The last time the Emmys had been held on a Monday was almost 40 years ago, on May 17, 1976. The awards show will air live coast-to-coast from 8-11 PM ET from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
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