At first glance, NBC's and the TV Academy's announcement that Don Mischer is back as the producer of the Primetime Emmys elicits a snore.
Mischer's a stable choice, and a name you automatically assume will produce an awards show (if Ken Erlich isn't doing it). This is Mischer's tenth time producing the Primetime Emmys — but there's something to be said for sticking with the tried and true, particularly with Mischer, who was behind last year's Emmy ratings bump.
“Don produced a Primetime Emmy telecast last year that hit it out of the park,” said TV Academy chairman John Shaffner. "We know he can creatively build on that accomplishment. We are very fortunate to be able to work with him again this year.”
Much of last year's success was credited to host Neil Patrick Harris, who has become the go-to guy for kudocasts (including this year's Oscars). But NBC isn't about to let a CBS sitcom star host the awards show on its network.
And the obvious choice to host this year's NBC Emmys — Conan O'Brien, who hosted NBC's last two Emmycasts (in 2002 and 2006) — is kinda no longer with the Peacock. (You might have heard about that.)
With O'Brien out of the picture, I would think his "Late Night" successor, Jimmy Fallon, might have the inside shot at the gig. Fallon's team has crafted some of the best late night pre-taped bits all year, and that expertise could make for a pretty entertaining show. (You can already imagine Fallon and Co. producing some pretty spot-on parodies of the year's top nominees, a la "Late Night's" "Lost" parody, "Late.")
But NBC is not short on contenders. Perhaps Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite their "Weekend Update" pairing for the show. Or Fey and recent Oscar co-host Alec Baldwin bring their "30 Rock" chemistry to the awards show.
NBC is big on moving its "SNL" cast into primetime these days — why not get the whole cast to host?
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