Television's most important night is almost upon us. I know you're wondering: just when are the 67th Annual Emmy Awards? Unfortunately we're in for a bit of a wait, because the Emmys will air September 20 on Fox. But the wait will totally be worth it. After all, Andy Samberg is slated to host, and this is his inaugural debut hosting a big awards show. (Don’t worry Andy, I’m sure your SNL pals Amy and Tina can show you the ropes.) While we don’t have a lot of other Emmys info yet, we will as soon as the nominees are announced!
On Thursday, July 16, at 8:30 a.m. PT Uzo Aduba from Orange Is the New Black and So You Think You Can Dance's Cat Deeley will announce the 2015 nominees. This 8:30 a.m. announcement is a big change from previous years' 5:30 a.m. PT announcements. This change was made because East Coast morning news broadcasts don’t have the same effect these days with the ubiquity of social media. And there have been a few other Emmys changes this year worth noting, like the comedies have a 30 minute run-time rule (don’t worry Jane the Virgin fans, there are exceptions), the number of series category nominees has gone from six to seven, guest actors can’t have appeared in more than 50 percent of the episodes, and more people will vote for the winners.
So, while we wait for the big day, here are some of the things we hope to see September 20 at the Emmys!
1. A Performance From The Lonely Island Guys
With Andy Samberg hosting, we need an encore to The Lonely Island’s “Everything is Awesome” Oscar performance. Because it was, well, awesome.
2. A Solid Opening Sketch
Remember the adorable The Office Emmys skit with crossover co-workers from Parks and Recreation, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men, to name a few? Yes, it’s as hilarious and weird as it sounds. And, who could forget Jimmy Fallon’s opener with the cast of Glee, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, and Betty White singing “Born to Run?” It's going to be hard to beat those, but I have faith.
3. Some Love For Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Can we give this theme song all the awards?
4. Speaking Of Netflix …
Netflix has taken over this awards show with contenders like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bloodline, and Grace and Frankie. I predict a very big night for the streaming service.
5. Tatiana Maslany Finally Getting Nominated (And Winning)
I mean, how many parts do you have to play on one show before the Emmys think you deserve an award?
6. Our Mad Men & Parks And Rec Crews Together Again
Let’s hope for mini-reunions on stage!
7. Andy Samberg Reprising His Role As King Joffrey
Andy, as King Joffrey in Weird Al’s musical number, was HILARIOUS last year, and I want it again.
But, whatever the ceremony cooks up, I'm sure it'll be awesome.
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