Possible 2010 Emmy Host?
He hosted ‘Weekend Update’ on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ He hosted the ‘MTV Movie Awards’ and the ‘MTV Video Music Awards.’ And, of course, now he’s got his own late-night talk show. But is Jimmy Fallon ready to host the Primetime Emmy Awards?
NBC executives apparently think so, as ‘Late Night’ host Fallon is the network’s top choice to lead the 62nd annual Emmy telecast when it airs on NBC on August 29, according to Variety.
Other potential contenders for the job: ‘The Marriage Ref’ producer and panelist Jerry Seinfeld, and ’30 Rock’/’The Office’/’Date Night’ stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell. ‘Parks and Recreation’ star and ‘SNL’ vet Amy Poehler was also reportedly a contender, but she is scheduled to give birth to her second child days before the telecast.
Besides, as per Variety, Fallon is firmly the top choice of NBC honchos, who have also convinced TV Academy (the Emmy people) board members that he’s the right funny guy for the job. No deal is yet in place, but NBC is expected to announce the host next week.
Fallon’s main appeal: He may bring in a younger demographic of viewer, something sorely lacking from many awards show telecasts recently. Fallon, who’s created a buzz on ‘Late Night’ with clever skits like his ‘Lost’ and ‘Glee’ spoofs, his cool house band (The Roots) and, our favorite recurring bit, his weekly thank you notes to the pop culture figures who have provided him with comedy fodder during the week, also has a huge presence on social media Websites.
He has more than 2.5 million followers on Twitter, and NBC execs believe that could help draw viewers to an Emmy ceremony that is being broadcast at an odd time of the year. The Emmys typically take place in September, but because of NBC’s NFL schedule for that month, the Emmys had to be bumped up to August. And NBC has a lot riding on the Emmy ratings this year, as all the networks will be in the running to negotiate the rights to air the show for next year.
Meanwhile, the Emmy situation has brought the NBC/Conan O’Brien/Jay Leno/’Tonight Show’ brouhaha back to the front, as O’Brien, who hosted the Emmys for NBC in 2002 and 2006, almost certainly would have been the leading candidate to lead the awards show this year — if he were still with the network, of course.
And though he’s their number one late-night guy (and though he co-hosted the Emmys, on Fox, in 1990), current ‘Tonight Show’ host Jay Leno doesn’t appear to even be a contender for the 2010 Emmys.Advertisements