New NBC late-night host Seth Meyers has been tapped as the host of the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards this year. The 40-year-old actor will lead the ceremony come August 25 when the 66th annual awards show telecast will air on NBC, the network announced Thursday. In addition, veteran TV producer Don Mischer was named as executive producer of the Emmy telecast.
“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 of late night and alternative programming at NBC Entertainment. “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.”
Meyers has won three Emmy awards himself for his work on Saturday Night Live. He recently segued from Saturday Night Live to Late Night with Seth Meyers in February. It looks like Meyers is in great company of hosts of Emmys past: How I Met Your Mother‘s Neil Patrick Harris did the honors on CBS last year as well as 2009; fellow late-night host Jimmy Kimmel hosted on ABC in 2012; and Glee‘s Jane Lynch led FOX’s 2011 ceremony. Also, the last time NBC had the awards in 2010, Jimmy Fallon hosted.
The 66th annual Emmy Awards will air live on both coasts Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT. from L.A.’s Nokia Theatre.
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