[Prime Time Emmy Awards Press Release]
Late night talk star Seth Meyers is set to host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, live coast-to-coast on NBC on August 25.
Television producer Don Mischer — known for steering such big galas as the Super Bowl halftime shows, Olympic Games openings, the Oscars and more — is set to executive-produce the 66th Primetime Emmys. Producing with Mischer will be Charlie Haykel and Julianne Hare.
"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, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys," said Paul Telegdy, President, Late Night and Alternative Programming, NBC Entertainment. "Plus, with Don's vast experience at putting these type of big productions together, we'll be in great hands."
"Seth is such a talented performer and writer, and we know he will bring something unique to hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards," said Bruce Rosenblum, Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. "We are also excited to welcome Don back this year and very much look forward to their collaboration as we celebrate television's biggest night during one of the most transformative years in Television Academy history."
Primetime Emmy winner Meyers took over hosting duties on NBC’s Late Night in February following Jimmy Fallon’s jump to the Tonight Show. He also voices the character Prock on Hulu animated original The Awesomes, the superhero series he executive produces and co-created with Mike Shoemaker.
Widely recognized as the longest serving anchor on iconic Saturday Night Live segment “Weekend Update," the Northwestern University alum also served as head writer for SNL for 9 of his 13 seasons with the series.
Meyers won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for SNL host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue in 2011 and has 10 additional Emmy nominations for television writing to his credit. Earlier today, Meyers was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2014.
Critics forecasting what a Meyers-helmed Emmys show might be like may look to his turns hosting the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN — and perhaps his appearance at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner — all of which garnered solid reviews.
Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Robin Williams at the 66th Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards Executive Producer Don Mischer announced this morning at the Red Carpet Rollout that Billy Crystal will pay tribute to Robin Williams during the In Memoriam segment of the 66th Emmy Awards.
Additionally, Mischer announced that the In Memoriam segment will feature a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.
First Group of Presenters Announced for 66th Emmy Awards
This year's esteemed presenters represent some of television's biggest stars including Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, Tony, Golden Globe winners and more.
Halle Berry – Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy-winning actress currently starring in the CBS series Extant
Bryan Cranston – Two-time Emmy, Tony (2014's All The Way), and Golden Globe-winning actor, and Emmy-nominated star of AMC's Breaking Bad
Zooey Deschanel – Three-time Golden Globe nominee and star of the FOX series New Girl
Woody Harrelson – Oscar winner, Emmy winner and nominee this year for his role in HBO's True Detective
Adam Levine – Grammy-winning recording artist from Maroon 5, and the star of the NBC series The Voice
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Golden Globe and four-time Emmy winner, as well as the Emmy-nominated star of HBO's Veep
Julianna Margulies – Emmy and Golden Globe winner as well as the Emmy-nominated star of CBS' The Good Wife
Matthew McConaughey – Oscar and Golden Globe winner, and Emmy-nominated star of the HBO series True Detective
Jim Parsons – Golden Globe and three-time Emmy winner, as well as the Emmy-nominated star of CBS' The Big Bang Theory
Amy Poehler – Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominated star of NBC's Parks and Recreation
Julia Roberts –Oscar and Golden Globe winner, Emmy-nominated actress and star of HBO's movie The Normal Heart
Gwen Stefani – Grammy winning recording artist as well as newest coach for the NBC series The Voice
Kerry Washington – Two-time Emmy nominee and star of ABC's Scandal
Additional award-winning stars and critically acclaimed performers announced include:
Viola Davis – Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated actress as well as the star of the upcoming ABC series How to Get Away with Murder
Allison Janney – Four-time Emmy winner and two-time nominee this year for her roles on CBS' Mom and Showtime's Masters of Sex
Keegan-Michael Key – Emmy-nominated writer and performer from Comedy Central's Key and Peele
Lucy Liu – Star of the CBS drama Elementary
Debra Messing – Emmy-winning actress and star of the upcoming NBC series The Mysteries of Laura
Jordan Peele –Emmy-nominated writer and performer from Comedy Central's Key and Peele
Andy Samberg – Golden Globe winner and star of Fox's Brooklyn 99
Octavia Spencer – Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actress as well as the star of the upcoming Fox series Red Band Society
Sofia Vergara – Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress and star of ABC's Modern Family
The final group of Emmy presenters announced includes:
Uzo Aduba – Emmy winner this year for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Netflix's Orange is the New Black
Scott Bakula – Star of the upcoming CBS series NCIS: New Orleans
Ricky Gervais – Emmy-nominated star of the Netflix series Derek
Chris Hardwick – Host of the Emmy-nominated Comedy Central series @midnight
Lena Headey – Emmy-nominated actress from the HBO series Game of Thrones
Katherine Heigl – Star of the upcoming NBC series State of Affairs
Mindy Kaling – Star of the FOX series The Mindy Project
Joe Morton – Emmy winner this year for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role on ABC's Scandal
John Mulaney – Star of the upcoming FOX series Mulaney
Hayden Panettiere – Star of the ABC series Nashville
Liev Schreiber – Star of the Showtime series Ray Donovan
Kate Walsh – Star of the upcoming NBC series Bad Judge
Allison Williams – Star of the HBO series Girls
The Emmy Award-winning late night hosts each confirmed to present include:
Stephen Colbert – Host of Comedy Central's Emmy-nominated The Colbert Report and Emmy Award winner this year for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series for The Colbert Report
Jimmy Fallon – Host of NBC's Emmy-nominated Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Emmy Award winner this year for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for NBC's Saturday Night Live
Jimmy Kimmel – Host of ABC's Emmy-nominated Jimmy Kimmel Live
The 66th Emmy Awards will air coast-to-coast on Monday, August 25 (8:00 PM EDT live / 5:00 PM PDT live) on NBC. Emmy's Official twitter #Emmys