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First batch of presenters announced for 2014 Primetime Emmys

Look who’s presenting an Emmy! The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards is scheduled for Aug. 25, and now the first batch of presenters for the star studded gala has been announced. In a TV Academy press release on Monday, the show’s executive producer, Don Mischer, announced the eclectic mix of presenters – and there are some very big names.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Actress Halle Berry attends the Premiere of CBS Television Studios & Amblin Television's 'Extant' at the California Science Center on June 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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Included in the lineup is Oscar winner turned TV star Halle Berry (“Extant”), Emmy darling Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and “New Girls” star Zooey Deschanel.

In addition, Woody Harrelson, who’s nominated this year for his role in HBO's “True Detective,” his fellow nominee and co-star Matthew McConaughey, and four-time Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) will also give out trophies.

Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) and Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) are also on the list, as is Oscar winner Julia Roberts, who’s nominated for an Emmy this year for her work on of HBO's movie “The Normal Heart.”

Music lovers will be happy to know that Maroon 5 frontman and “The Voice” mentor Adam Levine will also be on hand, as will the show’s newest Grammy winning coach Gwen Stefani.

This year’s edition of the annual awards show – which is being broadcast a month earlier than usual to avoid conflicts with NBC’s Sunday Night Football – will be hosted by former “Saturday Night Live” funnyman Seth Meyers.

Meyers recently told the Los Angeles Times he fully expects to be hit with a case of the nerves closer to show time. "As it gets closer, I think it'll sink in that I'm hosting the Emmy Awards,” he said. “But I've learned that if you spin out too much ahead of time, that's when you get in trouble. The butterflies will be in full flutter come Aug. 25."

Another thing Meyers has learned, especially after all of his years on the live late night sketch comedy show? Don’t plan too far ahead.

"Every summer when we were on break from 'SNL,' I'd be like, 'Oh, I'll come up with stuff now and be way ahead when the season starts,' but then I'd fall out of love with what I'd come up with by then, or it would be dated," he explained.

Instead, the comedian plans to come up with a strong monologue and a couple of film pieces with cameos ahead of the show. “But the jokes,” he added, “We have to wait to see the whites of their eyes before we get the hard work done."

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Monday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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