It's nearly summer's end, and we all know what that means: the Primetime Emmy Awards are upon us once again. There are a few notable things this year that you should know:
SNL alum and host of NBC's "Late Night," Seth Myers will be hosting this year. He has big shoes to fill, as Neil Patrick Harris's stint as host last year led the awards show to its highest ratings in 8 years. The comedian has enlisted the help of his writers from "Late Night," and told Variety that the success of the show will depend on "really good jokes."
For the first time in nearly 40 years, this year's ceremony will take place on a Monday night. There are two reasons for the switch. First, NBC has a deal to air Sunday Night Football, which is a huge draw for the network. According to NBC, a Monday was chosen so the awards show didn't conflict with preseason NFL games. The second, unofficial reason is that the MTV Video Music Awards are scheduled to take place this Sunday. Undoubtedly, the network did not want to compete with another awards mega-event.
The late Robin Williams will be honored at the awards. His long-time friend and fellow comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to the actor as part of the show's "in memoriam" segment. Don Mischer, Emmy executive producer, said that the segment will include a performance by Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles. It is sad irony that Williams honored his mentor and friend Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment at last year's Emmy's.
We could witness records being broken. As Gold Derby notes:
If Modern Family wins Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row, it ties the record set by Frasier from 1994 to 1998 … And if “Breaking Bad” wins, it will the fourth Drama Series champ to prevail for its final season, following “The Defenders” (1965), “Upstairs Downstairs” (1977) and “The Sopranos” (2007).
Of course, what is an awards show without fashion? No doubt some of us will tune in just to see what Hollywood is wearing. Take a look at some of the nominees' winning looks at awards shows past and decide for yourself if they will be able to pull it off again this year!