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Here’s my 2nd spoiler about Sunday night’s Emmys broadcast and it’s a juicy one: According to my source inside the Nokia Theatre today, the big opening number features host Jimmy Fallon coming out alone with an electric guitar and singing/playing “Born to Run.” Then … Read More »
Jimmy Fallon, age 35, took over the reins of NBC’s Late Night franchise in March 2009. But now he’s hosting his highest-profile gig to date. That’s because the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on NBC. (His Late Night with Jimmy Fallon already is a 2010 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media – Nonfiction.) Fallon spoke with Ray Richmond for about what he’s learned from the late-night trenches, how he wants to host the Emmys, and why he reads Deadline:
Deadline Hollywood:Can youfirst reflect about what it’s been like taking overNBC’s Late Night for 18 months?
JF: I’ll tell you, if it wasn’t for Conan, I wouldn’t have this job. He kicked butt for 16 years, 17 years, whatever, and then I came in. So I owe him a lot. And I’m thrilled with the way things are working out for him. But as for what was going on when I started hosting, I just kind of kept my head down and kept working hard and just looking for the next joke. I wasn’t really in the mix of all of that. You know, I just stuck to my thing. I had good people giving me advice.
DH:Do you have your sights set next on The Tonight Show?
JF: The one thing I’ve learned from [Letterman and O’Brien] is that hosting Late Night is a one-way ticket to not hosting The Tonight Show.
DH: But now you’re hosting the Emmys. Are you nervous?
Jimmy Fallon: Actually, yeah, a little nervous but more excited. And I’m feeling pretty prepared. I could do this thing tomorrow if they could get the cameras on.
DH:What kind of marching orders has the TV Academy or NBC given you? The Academy in particular has a reputation for being controlling.
JF: The Academy has been great to us. Almost no notes, really. I think the only note was that we had to give out awards at some point. But no one needs to tell me this isn’t the Primetime Jimmy Show. The Emmys is such a bigger audience. I’m not going to be that same guy you see in late night. I don’t want to push too hard because, you know, it’s not really about me. It’s more about celebrating television and giving everyone who’s there face time.
DH:Can you make fun of the network that’s airing the Emmys and signs your paychecks?
JF: They haven’t restricted me in any way. If it’s funny, they don’t care. And they’ve always been that way. No one’s telling me anything like, don’t go here, don’t talk about Conan [O’Brien]. We’ll touch on the stuff the network’s gone through. We’ll probably have a couple of jokes in there about all of the late-night stuff. You can’t not talk about it. And we have a couple of ideas with Conan…
DH:Isn’t NBC scared of violating his severance agreement?
JF: Nah, it’s all cool. He’ll be there. At least that’s the plan. We’re not sure Jay [Leno] is going to be around. We hope he comes, too. We’re not sure right now.
DH:Anything specific you can mention about the telecast?
JF: Not really, because surprise is the best thing. I don’t want to ruin anything. I can tell you that the opening’s going to be good. I think we’re going to do some musical stuff. We booked J-Lo and Steven Tyler so far, so that’s pretty awesome. Gonna be big. At least that’s the rumor. It’s just all about having fun. But you can’t take it too far. Coming from Saturday Night Live, we kind of know how far you can push things.
DH:What do you see as your job hosting the Emmys?
JF: I think my job is just to welcome everybody and then keep it light and keep it moving. That’s especially important for the people in the audience, because after an hour and a half, let’s be honest, like 85% of them are already losers. Only one out of 5 or 6 of them has won. Once that happens, you just want to get on with it and get to the after-party. You know going in that this can be grueling, so the important thing is to be funny but also to support each other and keep it respectful, too. Read More »
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, July 30, 2010 – Four-time Emmy® Award recipient Glenn Weiss and two-time Emmy® Award recipient Steve Bass have been named to the 62nd Primetime Emmy® Awards production team, Executive Producer Don Mischer announced today. Weiss
Ray Richmond in contributing to Deadline’s Emmy and TCA coverage.
Primetime Emmy executive producer Don Mischer expressed some frustration at a TCA session hyping NBC’s 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards telecast: so many awards and so little time. “We’ve got to hand out 27 of them in 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 54 seconds — and we’re already running over,” he said. Mischer was responding to questions about categories already moved from the primetime telecast to the Creative Arts Ceremony eight days before. This includes the top reality host competition as well as writers and directors of comedy, variety and music series. All had been included in 2009 but will now be out of the telecast in favor of writers and directors for specials.
“We also have included the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award for the first time in six years,” Mischer added, “which will take another five minutes during the telecast.” (George Clooney will be receiving it.) Mischer maintained that he and the telecast don’t have nearly as much flexibility as people imagine. “On the longform awards, for example, we didn’t have the option of shifting the writers and directors for contractual reasons. And we really didn’t want to think about taking the made-for-TV movie or miniseries award out. The reality host award was one we didn’t have a commitment to in terms of keeping it in the telecast.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Writers on TV’s late-night comedy shows are still angry at the news that for the first time their category won’t be part of the Primetime Emmy telecast. Instead, as part of last year’s agreement between the TV Academy and Writers Guild, their category will be presented at the Creative Arts Awards the week before. Now those same scribes have been invited to write pre-taped bits for the shows nominated in the Best Variety, Music, or Comedy Series category. “Kinda insulting, no?” said one of the nominated writers approached for the gig.
A spokesman for the TV Academy explained: “While we are upholding our current agreement with the WGA, we still wanted to find a way to include the VMC writers in the telecast as it is always an entertaining part of the show. [So] the producers of this year’s telecast have reached out to the VMC Series writers to contribute to the nomination packages which are a highlight of the ceremony.”
In the past, when there was one writing for VMC series/special category, it was usually highlight of the ceremony. “It has always been one few moments during the Emmys to contain actual entertainment, because the writers come up with those funny pre-taped bits that roll while all those Jewish surnames are being read,” one writer said.
As part of the agreement last summer following the split of the variety music or comedy categories in two, series and specials, the far-less-prominent writing for a VMC special category will be presented at the Primetime Emmy ceremony, slated to air Aug. 29 on NBC. Read More »