TV's biggest night falls on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. -- remember, that's a Monday! -- on NBC, and the network certainly has proved to have a pool of worthy hosts (ahem,
Recently tapped to replace Fallon as "Late Night" host, Meyers previously served as a writer and performer on "SNL" -- and as host of its "Weekend Update." His ease in front of a crowd extends beyond that: He hosted the ESPYs for two consecutive years and served as ringleader of the White House Correspondents' Assn. dinner in 2011.
This year's Emmys will be executive produced by Don Mischer; producing with Mischer will be Charlie Haykel and Julianne Hare.
"Seth's expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at 'SNL,' as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera on 'SNL' and 'Late Night,' makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys," Paul Telegdy, head of late night and alternative programming at NBC, said in a statement. "Plus, with Don's vast experience at putting these type of big productions together, we'll be in great hands."
Meyers takes over hosting duties from
Perhaps the exposure could bring a boost to "Late Night with Seth Meyers." The talk show, which has had Meyers at the wheel for about two months, has averaged about 1.6 million viewers.
"Seth is such a talented performer and writer, and we know he will bring something unique to hosting the Prime-time Emmy Awards," Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and chief executive of the Television Academy, said in a statement. "We are also excited to welcome Don back this year and very much look forward to their collaboration as we celebrate television's biggest night during one of the most transformative years in Television Academy history."