Emmys Getting ‘American’ Touch

Feb 21, 2007  •  Post A Comment

With the current season of “American Idol” performing better than ever, Fox has tapped producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick to executive produce this year’s Emmy Awards.

“Nigel and Ken have consistently raised the creative bar with their innovative work on ‘American Idol,’ and we believe they will continue to do so during their first Emmy telecast,” said Peter Liguori, president of entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Co.

Emmycast viewership has declined in recent years and Fox likely hopes the “Idol” duo will bring some of the reality show’s ratings heft to the proceedings. In making the announcement, the producers gave little indication as to how their Emmy Awards broadcast might differ from past years.

“While appreciating the traditional and maintaining the high standards of past Emmy Award ceremonies, we will also be recognizing the ever-changing landscape of today’s successful television,” Mr. Lythgoe said. “It is a great honor and a wonderful challenge.”

The Emmys will be broadcast Sunday, Sept. 16, from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

(Editor: Horowitz)