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Elfman, Hyde Pierce will co-host Emmys

Kudocast exec hopes thesps will bring laughs

Dharma, meet Niles.

Thesps Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce have been tapped as hosts of next month’s Emmycast, to air live from the Shrine Auditorium Sept. 12 on Fox.

“The ideal pairing of David Hyde Pierce and Jenna Elfman will bring a great comedic sensibility to the 51st annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” said kudocast exec producer Don Mischer.

Last year, in keeping with the 50th anni retrospective theme, the Emmycast opted to shift from seg to seg without a primary host. This year, the stewards of the show are both up for Emmys.

Elfman is a contender in the comedy actress field, earning her second consecutive nom in the category for her hit ABC sitcom “Dharma & Greg.” Pierce, co-star of NBC’s Emmy darling “Frasier,” is going for his third win in the supporting comedy actor field with his sixth straight nomination.

Separately, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said it had inked a deal with HBO’s HBO Plus channel to run an edited version of non-televised Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on Sept. 9 and again on Sept. 10. The non-televised Emmy kudos will be handed out Aug. 28 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

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