Jane Lynch as Emmys host: Why we should be ‘Glee'-ful
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By picking Jane Lynch to host TV’s top awards show, the Emmys are making sure they don’t repeat the Oscars’ mistakes.
Lynch has all of the talents needed to command the stage with gusto. She’s a triple threat -– a comic entertainer who can sing and dance. Indeed, she demonstrated all that nicely last year when she participated in the Emmys’ opening ‘Born to Run’ musical number with host Jimmy Fallon.
Also, she’s an Emmy champ, having won the award for best supporting comedy actress that year for ‘Glee.
Oh, yes, and she’s not James Franco.
The first mistake Oscar chiefs made at the last kudocast was to cast a flat-out actor without diverse entertainment skills to cohost. Second, they gave him a lousy script without jokes, heart or substance to perform. Assuming the producers of the Emmys show employ a gifted writing team, as they usually do, Lynch should be able to shine on all fronts.
It’s noteworthy that Lynch will preside alone over the Emmys stage. Only two women have hosted the awards show solo in years past: Angela Lansbury and Ellen DeGeneres. Many other women have served as cohosts, including Kirstie Alley, Lucille Ball, Candice Bergen, Angie Dickinson, Shelley Long, Shirley MacLaine, Mary Tyler Moore, Jane Pauley, Joan Rivers, Wanda Sykes and Marlo Thomas. The last female cohost was Heidi Klum, who teamed up with four male hosts of reality-TV shows two years ago.
-- Tom O’Neil