Shandling handling Emmys

Mischer signs on to exec produce show for the 8th time

HOLLYWOOD — Hey now: Garry Shandling has signed on to host the 56th annual Emmy Awards on ABC.

Kudocast, set to air Sunday, Sept. 19, marks Shandling’s second stint as host. He last hosted the ceremony in 2000 — the last time ABC played host to the Emmys.

Don Mischer has signed on to exec produce the show, marking his eighth year running the Emmycast.

“This is perfect for me, since I just recuperated from the last time,” Shandling quipped. “I can hardly wait to get that real sense of existence you can only get from being on live television four straight hours.”

Mischer noted the last time Shandling hosted the Emmys, “The show received its highest rating in 14 years and was also a major hit with the critics.”

Last year’s Fox Emmycast featured no single host, with producers and the Academy opting for a cavalcade of comics (including Shandling) to emcee the show.

Shandling, who’s also hosted three Grammy Awards shows, is currently lending his voice to the DreamWorks animated pic “Over the Hedge.”

Thesp’s HBO classic “The Larry Sanders Show” ran from 1992-98, snagging 78 Emmy noms along the way. Shandling won a writing statuette during the show’s final season.

He also created the Showtime/Fox skein “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” which received several Emmy noms and a slew of Cable ACE awards.

Thirteen-time Emmy winner Mischer will produce this month’s Democratic National Convention in Boston before turning his full focus to the Emmys.

Emmy noms will be announced July 15. Once again originating from the Shrine Auditorium, kudocast will air live from 8-11 p.m. in the Eastern and Central time zones.

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