The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, set to air next Monday, will get a makeover in the form of an infusion of “Saturday Night Live” talent, starting with Lorne Michaels, who’s producing the show. Writing for the AP, Lynn Elber notes that the last time the “SNL” impresario produced the Emmys, “thirtysomething” and “The Golden Girls” were among the top nominees.
Additionally, “SNL’s” Michael Che and Colin Jost will be on board as hosts, and a number of folk closely associated with “SNL” — notably Kate McKinnon, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin — will be presenters.
The Sept. 17 ceremony, airing on NBC, could use the help. Elber notes that awards show in general, and the Emmys in particular, have been seeing their audiences shrink in recent years.
“Last year’s Emmys drew 11.4 million viewers, a smidge above 2016′s worst-ever 11.3 million,” Elber writes. “The 2018 Oscars dipped to an all-time low with 26.5 million viewers — still more than double that of its small-screen sibling.”
The piece quotes Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Ken Davenport saying of this year’s Emmys: “Because of Lorne and the hosts, I think it will have a feeling that something exciting could happen at any moment. Everyone gets such a kick out of watching ‘Saturday Night Live’ when a host starts to laugh. … It’s just a little bit higher stakes.”
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