THR’s Guide to the Emmys

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Andy Samberg Braces for a Not-So-Lazy Sunday at the Emmys.

This years’ host Andy Samberg has promised to prevent things from getting staid by keeping the awards ceremony “light, silly and fun”. 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. The comedian rose to fame as part of musical comedy trio The Lonely Island, whose hits include I’m On A Boat, before landing a role on Saturday Night Live.

Hosted by Andy Samberg, the 67th annual ceremony will go down after decades of snubs and surprises, cut-off speeches and emotional moments, and the awarding of thousands of gold statuettes. 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. Before House of Cards faces off against Game of Thrones and Jon Hamm and Amy Poehler each get one more shot for their first win, test your knowledge in all things Emmy in EW’s trivia quiz, ahead.

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. Heck, he got Justin Timberlake to co-star in infamous SNL digital shorts like “Dick in a Box” and “Motherlover,” and counts his SNL co-stars and his silver screen co-stars like Mila Kunis (Friends with Benefits) and Paul Rudd and Jason Segel (I Love You, Man) as comrades.

Shows available on over-the-air broadcast channels receive fewer Emmy nominations these days – none in the best drama category this year and just two, ABC’s “Modern Family” and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” in the best comedy race – and instead there are shows on newer platforms getting into the Emmy dogfight, including Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” competing in the best drama category, and Amazon’s “Transparent” and Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which are both up for best comedy series. “There’s a lot more programming and that’s great for our industry and for our members,” said Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum at a Fox press conference during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in August. “Collectively this year, the broadcast networks received an increase in nominations of about 7 [to] 7 1/2 percent. 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. 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. After years of diminished ratings, the last two Emmy shows were the most viewed in eight years, with 17.8 million viewers in 2013 and 15.6 million last year. But we have to get off the air on time and we simply are forced to do it,” he said, noting that the music inevitably hits at just the wrong moment after the winner has rattled off a list of names of his agents and managers. “And then you’re right to the part where you say, ‘Go, music.’ And at that point, it never fails.

Part of that may have to do with the public’s embrace of television as a meaningful art form, one increasingly drawing from a talent pool that includes directors and actors who, in the past, had worked almost exclusively in film. (And, as a result, those celebrities have increasingly appeared at the Emmys.) It also comes at a time when, at least partly because of the rise of streaming services, there is more scripted television than ever: An estimated 400 shows will be in production by year’s end, nearly double the number from 2009. “This is one of the things we have been discussing a lot in the writers’ room for the Emmys, because it’s really the big story,” Mr. 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.

Samberg said. “You have things like ‘Last Man on Earth’ that you would have to assume would be on Netflix or Hulu, but it’s flourishing on Fox. 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.

Shadyside native Tom Smuts, a writer on “Mad Men” and Amazon’s “Bosch,” will once again commute to the Emmys on a bicycle to raise awareness of sustainability and smart urban planning, and this time he’ll be joined by actors Eddie Kaye Thomas (“Scorpion”), Jon Huertas (“Castle”) and Aaron Eckhart (“The Dark Knight”) among others. 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. Samberg’s co-star Andre Braugher is nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy.) “It’s going to be a little more tame than, say, the digital shorts on ‘S.N.L.,’ because that’s late-night TV where we could do bleeps and blurs,” said Mr.

Samberg, a star on “Saturday Night Live” from 2005 to 2012. “But I’m also five episodes into my third season of a network sitcom, so I know how to strike a balance at this point. 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. 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

He has certainly seen his share of awards shows recently: He won a Golden Globe as best comedic actor last year, was part of a performance of the song “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie” during the Oscars and appeared in a taped segment with the actor Ike Barinholtz at the MTV Video Music Awards last month. “Karmically, I’m about to host a thing and asking a million people to do cameos — I should probably pay it forward, as we all do say,” he said. 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.

Samberg said he would embrace one bit of advice he’s received: Get audience members involved, whether they’re comedians or not. “It means cutting to them for jokes and to remind everyone in the theater and at home why it’s an exciting night,” he said. “All these cool people from all these different types of shows and corners of entertainment are together in one place.

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