Ryanseacrest1Seacrest in!

Fox has bowed to the inevitable and selected "American Idol" dude Ryan Seacrest as host of its Sept. 16 live Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, as Variety’s Michael Schneider reports. He’s a perfectly good choice and should do a totally serviceable job. His work on "Idol" may not be "unparalleled  in the industry," as Fox’s press release verbiage touts, but he’s a pro. Still, it would’ve been interesting in a parallel universe to see an Emmycast hosted by Hugh Laurie. Star of Fox’s drama "House" is known to have turned the gig down. Too bad. Maybe he’ll at least be a presenter…

Seacrest’s presence will also ensure that this year’s Emmys has an "Idol" tinge to it. Initially, "Idol" exec producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe were supposed to take the helm of the telecast, but they bowed out a few months back and handed the reins to awards show Emmyaward55th1 vet Ken Ehrlich. Meanwhile, the Emmy gig ensures that it’s going to be a busy couple of months for Seacrest. In addition to "Idol’s" seventh go-round in January, he’s also set to host Fox’s "entertainment" portion of the Super Bowl telecast in February. Fox sez it’ll be the first time pigskin’s big shew comes complete with pre-game red carpet blow by blow.

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