The Television Academy is looking to enliven its Emmys broadcast this year with a youthful touch. Andy Samberg, the 36-year-old with a knack for intelligent immaturity, has been announced as the host of 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, set to air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live September 20 at 8pm ET. Producers for TV’s version of the Oscars have yet to be chosen.
Samberg won an Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the “SNL” video, “Dick in a Box.” He also took home a Golden Globe in 2014 for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” illustrating his appeal for the Emmys’ choice network in 2015 (Fox) as well as his live comedy skills (“SNL”), stage presence (those speeches) and welcomed status with Academy members (he’s been nominated five times besides his win). Samberg also earned praise for his monologue when he hosted the Independent Spirt Awards in 2013. Throw in the fact he performed admirably at this year’s otherwise lifeless Oscars ceremony, and you’ve got all the makings of a great awards host.
“The moment the Emmy Awards’ host was brought up, we said it had to be Andy,” Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, said in a statement. “He is fearless, hilarious, an award-winning comedian, singer, writer and actor with incredible live TV experience. We know he’ll deliver the laughs and give viewers an incredible night they will enjoy.”
Last year’s host was another “SNL” alum, Seth Meyers, but the “Weekend Update” host-turned-“Late Night” host couldn’t spark a flame during his mediocre and largely unmemorable performance. Samberg, always a ball of manic energy, shouldn’t have the same trouble. But what do you think? Tell us in the poll below, and get prepped for the Emmys with our predictions, as well.