BEVERLY HILLS - Don’t expect Seth Meyers to break out in song and dance for the 66th Emmy Awards on NBC.
“That’s not my wheelhouse. Unless, of course, I learn how to sing and dance before the Emmys,” the Late Night show host told the Star. “I’ve gotta be me, no one has any huge expectation of me to do a big production number. So it’s kind of liberating.”
Unlike former Emmy host Jimmy Fallon, Oscar host Billy Crystal, or Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris who typically have big production numbers and are known to break out in song, Meyers says he will have to rely on “good old-fashioned jokes.”
“Having a good monologue will be the biggest part for me. That’s all I got,” said the comedian, looking relaxed in a button down shirt and jeans on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton hotel. “But it won’t be done until a few weeks in. I don’t want everything to get stale. Jokes go bad, you fall out of love.”
One thing the show won’t be is a repeat of last year’s “In Memoriam” which showcased a series of tributes to deceased television stars including Canada’s Cory Monteith of Glee and what was likely the gloomiest show on record.
“One thing we certainly don’t want to be is morbid,” says Meyers.
It’s been a good year for Meyers. Not only will he host the Emmys on August 25, of which nominations were announced last week, but he was also listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.
The Emmys have once again been something of a critical letdown for the big networks, trailing cable in nominations.
HBO led the pack with 99 Emmy nominations. CBS had 47, followed by host broadcaster NBC at 46, and FX networks at 45 and ABC at 37.
Television Academy chair Bruce Rosenblum told television critics that over the last five years there have been 60 per cent more comedies and 40 per cent more dramas in consideration.
“There is far more terrific programming on television today,” Rosenblum told television critics. He said expanding the number of entrants per category is “something the academy should look at.”
As for shows he watches, Meyers says he’s a fan of Fargo and True Detective.
“I watch television more than I watch movies these days, and I don’t think I’m in the minority here.”
In other news, NBC president Robert Greenblatt told critics that Christopher Walken would play Captain Hook in the live version of Peter Pan. NBC has had great ratings, if not critical success for last year’s Sound of Music Live.
“He might really be a song and dance man at heart,” Greenblatt told critics. “He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play. I guarantee you he’s going to bring his own spin to Captain Hook. He might be the first tap-dancing Captain Hook.”