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Glee's Jane Lynch Set to Host Emmy Awards
Ah, award show hosting...it never really seems to work out the way everyone wants, does it? Unless your name is Billy Crystal (or, more recently, Neil Patrick Harris), it's usually kind of a let-down and sparks endless whining on the interwebs about the poor job they did (not) glorifying the already overly glorified.
Every awards show host since Crystal, save maybe Jon Stewart and NPH, has been pretty awful because of the constant pandering to the privileged in attendance and the distance that creates between the two audiences: the ones in the theater and those watching at home.
Then you get a brilliant performance from Ricky Gervais as host of The Golden Globes (complete with ratings boosts), and what happens? He's shunned and we get the inevitable return to boring or safe hosts.
Deadline reports that "Fox has zeroed in on Glee co-star Jane Lynch for emcee duties this year [...] Lynch already did a good job for Fox hosting the network's upfront presentations for the past two years as her Glee character Sue Sylvester." Sure, I just ragged on this as a safe choice (and it is), but they could definitely do worse. Lynch is an incredible talent and could provide that mix of friendly edge awards shows have been striving for for so many years.
Deadline adds that other FOX names were in the running as well, including Ryan Seacrest and Seth MacFarlane (The former too safe? And the latter to risquë?). Personally, I think MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy) would be the best choice after watching him emcee several Comedy Central roasts. But, as the Stones say, "You can't always get what you want."
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