Awards shows can be some of the most entertaining events on the small screen, especially when they air live. Any awards show has the potential to spectacularly succeed or totally flop based on who lands the hosting gig, and some hosts are better than others. The 2017 Emmy Awards are still a ways off, but CBS has already tapped who they want to lead the ceremony, and he could be the perfect pick. Stephen Colbert will host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards this fall.
Stephen Colbert is the face of the CBS late night lineup as the leading man of The Late Show. He has proven to be a capable comedian with scripted work as well as live TV and improv, so he should be able to tackle anything that the Emmys throw at him. If he's lucky, everything will go exactly as intended when he takes the stage. If he's less lucky, something will go wrong and he'll end up in a sticky situation like Jimmy Fallon faced at the 2017 Golden Globes earlier this year when his teleprompter promptly broke. The 2017 Emmys will be the first time that Colbert hosts the event.
The Emmys have been profitable for Stephen Colbert over the years. He's earned Emmy nominations no less than 27 times, and he won on nine of those occasions. Colbert's wins have all stemmed from his time on Comedy Central as either a writer for The Daily Show or the head honcho on The Colbert Report. He hasn't yet scored a nomination for any of his work on The Late Show, but The Late Show has been gaining more buzz in recent months thanks to Colbert's coverage of the presidential election and its aftermath. Maybe 2017 will be the year that Colbert wins a nom for The Late Show. It would certainly be fun to see him gain some awards recognition during his first hosting gig. If he is nominated, I have to hope that he actually wins. Jimmy Kimmel's loss for Outstanding Variety Series when he hosted in 2016 made for a pretty hilarious sketch at the Emmys, but it couldn't have felt great for Kimmel.
Sadly, we still have a while to wait before we see Stephen Colbert in action as host of the 2017 Emmy Awards. The Awards themselves don't air until Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m. ET. Even the nominations won't be announced until Thursday, July 13. Luckily, there's plenty of great TV to watch in the meantime. The Late Show airs on weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS. Check out our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what else you can catch on the small screen nowadays, and don't forget to take a look at our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule.