American Idol: Ryan Seacrest to Host the Emmys
This Seacrest fellow is going places.  Just days after American Idol host Ryan Seacrest was announced as host of the next Super Bowl, Seacrest has been handed the keys to the 59th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards.  It will be the first time Seacrest has hosted a major awards show.  The Emmys will air Sunday, September 16, on FOX.

Executive Producer of the Emmy telecast, Ken Ehrlich, said of the appointment, “This year's show will be different in a number of ways; the freshness, enthusiasm and professionalism that Ryan brings to everything he does will be a perfect match for some of the innovative things we have planned. I've watched Ryan's growth on live events with great delight, and we're going to have a great time with him on the Emmys.”

It's difficult to argue with Seacrest hosting anything, given his time at the helm of American Idol and assumed mantle of “the next Dick Clark.”  The Emmy appointment, though, is curious on a couple of levels.

Comedians usually get the big awards show gigs.  Not to say that Seacrest is devoid of humor.  He's much funnier than most give him credit for, but he's no Jon Stewart, Conan O'Brien, or Chris Rock.  Will Seacrest do a humorous monologue?  Will he be dropping jokes all night?  Or, will he stay away from overt attempts at humor and slip in some dry wit here and there, which is more Seacrest's style?

Seacrest's meal ticket, American Idol, requires much different things its host than an awards show does.  Live American Idol broadcasts need an anchor like Seacrest to make sense of the chaos.  Given the nature of Idol, much of the action is unscripted and Seacrest has become great at reigning it all in, making sense of the craziness, providing levity when needed, and keeping the judges in check.  It's mostly extemporaneous, and is probably more difficult than us simpletons suspect.  An awards show, on the other hand, is almost entirely scripted.  The opening monologue, the bits of patter, the introductions: all read off a teleprompter.  The material is the most important thing out there, and I'm skeptical as to how good Seacrest's material will be. 

When Conan O'Brien does an awards show, he brings out his entire writing team from Late Nite.  Ditto for Jon Stewart.  Who will be writing for Seacrest?  Hopefully not Bruce Vilanch, or any other antiquated patter specialist.  Despite these worries, I have faith in Seacrest.  He'll be a fine host, as long as doesn't try to be a comedian. 

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Source: TVGuide
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