As we learned yesterday, the Emmys has its producer, Mark Burnett. It has its network, Fox. But it still is missing one major piece of the awards ceremony puzzle: The host. Last year, Jimmy Fallon proved to be a surprisingly adept emcee, delivering one of the best opening numbers in recent awards show history with his “Born to Run” sketch (or perhaps Anne Hathaway and James Franco’s turns as Oscar hosts have just clouded my judgment). And in 2009, Neil Patrick Harris sweetened the bad taste left in our mouths by 2008 hosts Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst, and Ryan Seacrest. So who should it be this year? Who should host the 2011 Emmys?
Considering their respectable turns, I wouldn’t mind if either Harris or Fallon made triumphant returns to the Emmys stage. But, then again, part of me can’t help but yearn for fresh blood. Following a successful White House Correspondents’ Dinner, could Seth Meyers possibly take the hosting reigns? Or Stephen Colbert, whose Colbert Report has picked up two Emmy wins for writing? Or should we shoot for some controversy, and root for Ricky Gervais to return to an awards stage, less than one year before being criticized for his so-called harsh barbs at the Golden Globes? Or should we suggest something completely different, and push for Tina Fey — either solo or alongside Alec Baldwin or, say, Jon Hamm — to host? Or perhaps The Apprentice producer Burnett would like to rope in Donald Trump for the gig? Gah! Sorry — I just stuck a fork in my eye for even suggesting that.
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