Neil Patrick Harris Back as Host of the Emmys

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The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be on Sunday (CBS, 8:oo p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT), and Neil Patrick Harris will host it for the second time. He’s been one of the best hosts  of the Emmys, but he says he won’t try to match the opening dance number he did for the Tony Awards, which he also hosted.

Harris has stated that he will be in a dance number later on in the show, though, one which was conceived by nominees for the choreography award.

According to Harris, he’s “happy to be the guy” who will be hosting the show, and honoring the television industry and everyone involved in creating the best in quality TV programs. He has said that he loves TV “and the motley crew of people that are part of it.”

One of the stars of How I Met Your Mother, playing the womanizing Barney Stitson, Harris is no stranger to winning some Emmys of his own. Has has earned three of the coveted awards so far, his most recent one given to him at last Sunday’s Creative Arts part of the ceremony for his widely acknowledged skills at being a great host of awards shows.

He has credited his abilities to perform magic, juggle, and sing as being “good attributes for being a host.”

Other hosts of awards shows who Harris has praised are ones such as Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and Whoopi Goldberg. However great they’ve been though, Harris wants to do things, when it comes to hosting, his own way, which includes not making fun at the expense of others.

There will be a lot of music this year that will be featured during the Emmys. For instance, there will be a  tribute to the late and great pianist, Liberace. This performance will feature Elton John.

Besides this, there will be included the honoring of TV for how John F. Kennedy’s assassination was covered, as well as a segment on how TV introduced America to The Beatles through their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Carrie Underwood will sing music from that era,  including songs by the Beatles.

The executive producer of the Emmys, Ken Erlich, says that Harris is “multi-layered” but definitely has a “musical side of him that’s great to work with.”

Every year, the Emmys honors actors who have passed away during the year, and this year’s Emmys will be no exception. However, four stars and one producer will be especially singled out and focused more upon than the othes.

The late, great John Gandolifni who played Tony Soprano will be honored by his wife in the series, Edie Falco; Glee‘s Cory Monteith will be honored by Jane Lynch, one of his co-stars in the series; the creator of Family Ties who passed away, Gary David Goldberg, will have a tribute paid to him by Michael J. Fox; Jean Stapleton, Edith of All in the Family, will be remembered by her son-in-law in the series, Rob Reiner; and, Robin Williams will pay a tribute to one of the greatest comedians of all time, Jonathan Winters. Wnters worked with Williams when Williams was in the series Mork & Mindy.

The final list of presenters of awards is out, and some of them include Jon Hamm, Heidi Klum, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Malin Ackerman, Emilia Clarke, Mark Harmon, Stephen Amell, Connie Britton, LL Cool J, Mindy Kaling, Tom Gunn, Amy Poehler, and Michael Douglas.

With Neil Patrick Harris as the host of the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, the musical numbers, and the array of stellar presenters involved, this years’ Emmy Awards show on Sunday night (CBS) are sure to be Must See TV, so be sure to tune in and watch, then read my review of the Emmys later on Sunday night!

 

 

Written by: Douglas Cobb

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