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Three things to know about the 67th Emmy Awards

Three things to know about the 67th Emmy Awards
Emmys executive producer Don Mischer, from left, host Andy Samberg and Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum talk about the upcoming awards show Thursday. (Frank Micelotta / Fox)

The 67th Emmy Awards may be more than a month away, but plans are (of course) already underway to make it a memorable show.

"We are really happy to be on Fox this year and back on in September," Don Mischer, executive producer of the Emmys, said at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

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Mischer was joined on stage by Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, and actor Andy Samberg, this year's host. The three discussed what to expect at this year's show.

Here's what we learned about the Sept. 20 event:

1. "Fox NFL Sunday" will air live from the red carpet before the awards telecast.

Mischer said the NFL pre-game show will air live from Microsoft Theater. This is the first time a sports-themed pre-game show will air live from the site of the Emmys.

"The Emmys are one of the most prestigious and anticipated television events of the year," John Entz, president of production at Fox Sports, said in a statement. "There's no doubt that we can kick off the excitement and pageantry by having Fox NFL Sunday live on the red carpet all day. We plan on speaking to many of the talented stars on the carpet who happen to be huge football fans."

NFL Sunday's co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee will be joined by analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan as well as NFL insider Jay Glazer.

2. Samberg is doing his homework before the show.

There's no doubt that the "Saturday Night Live" alum will bring laughs as a host, but he's still working hard to prepare for the gig.

When asked what kind of host he hopes to be, the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star simply said: "Hopefully a funny one. Tina [Fey] and Amy [Poehler] are standard I think. They are good at keeping it feeling really loose with a lot of good writing underneath that."

So far, Samberg said he's begun "jotting ideas down." He's open to having his comedy troupe the Lonely Island do something, but "we're not going to force it if it's not right."

Samberg is also consuming as much of the nominated content as he can.

"I'm definitely watching more than I normally would," he said. "I'm researching [the shows], understanding the culture of each show."

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3. There are more diverse nominees and more people voting this year.

"We've expanded the number of people who can participate in final round voting," Rosenblum.

Mischer said he thinks "unexpected winners" are more likely this year.

"I think we have a better chance of that this year because diversity and inclusiveness of  this year's nominees are greater than I've ever known before," he said.

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