How did host Andy Samberg prep for Emmys? By watching TV

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Emmy Awards 2015: Meet the host Andy Samberg.

The Emmys get a lead-in from the NFL this year, and producer Don Mischer couldn’t be happier. When in search of a host for a live awards programme, it always helps to have someone at your network with a resume that lists Saturday Night Live as a credit.After ceremoniously unravelling the red carpet outside the Microsoft Theater, the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star said Wednesday he’s angling to inject some goofiness into Sunday’s celebration — with some assistance from the jokesters behind the IFC show and podcast “Comedy Bang!

The 37-year-old comedian says he holds Golden Globes hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as the current “standard” for award-show hosts, which we think is a pretty good benchmark for humour. He won’t even mind if Sunday’s late game on Fox (the Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles) goes a tiny bit over and bleeds those huge football ratings into the awards show. “I’m just hoping that game is really tight, goes down to the wire, the winner’s not decided until the last play,” the veteran awards-show producer says. “And if we’re lucky, they’ll go overtime maybe a minute and then throw it to us out here.” It’s not as if the Emmys can’t stand on their own, ratings-wise. You don’t want it to be too silly … to the point where it feels like we’re not taking the show seriously.” The first-time Emmys host said he’ll also rely on nominated sketch comedy pals in the crowd, such as Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, to keep the three-hour extravaganza moving along. “We have really funny presenters this year. The deck is very stacked with comedy in the room, a lot of which is due to them including the sketch comedy category in the prime-time show this year, which is great.” Inside the theatre, place cards positioned in seats in front of a cube-covered stage offered a glimpse of the evening’s seating arrangements.

It’s easier to write jokes because there is good material to bounce it off of and people have a shorthand with television because there is so much that people agree is great. There, co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee and the Fox analysts will get the first look at all the arrivals, but whether they will do fashion commentary or have their own “mani-cam” is unclear. After being tapped to host, Samberg, a Golden Globe winner for Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” recruited Scott Aukerman and the staff of podcast and TV show “Comedy Bang! His rendition of Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie was a fist-pumping highlight of this year’s Oscars ceremony and wasn’t the first time he pulled together a memorable performance. So the recognition by our members is really spread amongst all of the platforms now that are showing content, whether that’s broadcast networks, basic cable, premium cable or for the streaming services.” “The people who make television, who create it, write it, act in it, direct it, produce it, edit it, whatever, they choose these awards,” he said. “It’s really not the ‘People’s Choice Awards,’ and so there will be shows that will win on the night of September 20th that people, some people in my family in Texas, may not have ever seen or know.

While another hilarious musical number might be too much to hope for, Samberg is sure to bring a much needed jolt of energy to proceedings this Sunday. Henson (“Empire”), Ben McKenzie (“Gotham”), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), Amy Schumer (“Insider Amy Schumer”) and Kerry Washington (“Scandal”). “It’s usually a pretty positive room,” Mr. I was shooting a film over the summer, and now I’m back at ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.’” However, the cop comedy’s schedule is “very accommodating,” he said, already building in weeks off for the cast while the writers catch up. Veep, which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a foul-mouthed presidential candidate, has seen enormous success and is particularly topical given the current Republican candidate race.

He expected to have the two weeks leading up to the Emmys entirely free, giving him a chance “to shoot anything we need to shoot (in advance), rehearse, do all the final writing and tweaks, and do press leading up to the show.” Samberg has also spent time watching more TV than he normally would, he said. “And more even than watching them all, it’s more just researching them all, understanding the culture of each show, the fan bases that love that show, why they love that show, and what the big stories are to those people.” Having so many more shows on the air, on broadcast, cable and streaming, than even a few years ago “does make it a slightly bigger challenge to cover everything,” he said. “It’s also a little more challenging to bring all the viewers under one umbrella of consciousness of the television culture. Mom, I knew I would make it, with your support.’” In addition to Fox’s Emmy telecast, E! will air “Countdown to the Red Carpet” at 4:30 p.m. However in February, the TV Academy announced that voting would be opened to all members. is odds-on favourite to win Best Drama Actor for his role in Mad Men. That’s what makes the Emmys so much fun for us.” “The honest truth is that people still watch awards shows,” he said. “If people stopped watching awards shows, you would probably find less of them.” For an awards show, “The two things that make the most difference are who wins and what did they say.

Saturday night South Side-based The Fred Rogers Company will receive the Board of Governors Award in recognition of its contributions to the TV industry, including “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and “Peg + Cat.” NATAS Mid-Atlantic also will induct five individuals into the Silver Circle Society, recognizing those who have a minimum of 25 years of experience in broadcasting. And as a producer, you have absolutely no control over that.” This year, though, “We hope that we will have unexpected winners, which will make the show more interesting.

Everyone loves a story like that and it would be great to see him get the Emmy he so richly deserves for creating such a fantastic iconic character.” British TV is particularly well represented by its actresses, with Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category alongside Joanne Froggatt of . Robinson” this week. … Big change at the top of CBS: Longtime entertainment chief Nina Tassler — 18 years at CBS, 11 as top programmer — announced her plan to step down at the end of the year to pursue other creative interests outside of TV. Tassler. … The Weather Channel announced plans to refocus on weather, scrapping its reality shows in favor of more live programming and move its morning show back to Atlanta with Sam Champion transitioning to work on prime-time shows after Nov. 2. … French import “The Returned” will be back for its second season at 10 p.m. Oct. 31 on SundanceTV. … KDKA-AM’s annual spaghetti breakfast, open to the public and benefitting The Little Sisters of the Poor, takes place today, 5-9 a.m., with a live broadcast from Heinz Hall Garden Plaza, Downtown.

Now entering its final season ITV’s powerhouse period drama Downton Abbey continues to receive recognition with nominations for Outstanding Drama Series and Best Supporting Actor in Jim Carter who, plays butler Carson. There is history-making potential at this Sunday’s ceremony with both Taraji P Henson and Viola Davis in the running to become the first black woman to win the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

This week’s Tuned In Journal includes posts on “PJ Masks,” a Jim Henson documentary and “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris.” Read online-only TV content at post-gazette.com/tv. However, before Davis can battle it out with Empire’s Henson, they must first see off tough competition from Claire Danes (Homeland) and Robin Wright (House of Cards) who both return after being nominated last year. There is a tonne of people watching and “what is this comedian going to do with it?” I’ve always romanticised it — [the notion] that everyone in entertainment coming together and cross-pollinating and seeing these strange combinations of people hanging out and presenting together and sitting together.

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