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TCA 2012: Jimmy Kimmel wants a 'jazzy' Emmy Awards

July 27, 2012|By Greg Braxton
  • Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage at the "64th Primetime Emmy Awards" panel during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour.
Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage at the "64th Primetime Emmy Awards"… (Frederick M. Brown / Getty…)

Jimmy Kimmel hopes there will be zest and spice to this year's prime-time Emmy ceremony, which he is hosting.

"I'd like it to be jazzy from beginning to end," the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host said during the ABC portion of the TCA press tour. And instead of disappearing backstage for large portions of the show, Kimmel said he would like to appear regularly throughout the three-hour ceremony to offer commentary on the proceedings.

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live Sept. 23.

Executive producer Don Mischer said he hoped that the show would be funny and well-paced despite the fact that 26 awards have to be presented. He said this show is a look at the "absolute best in television, and if you look at it this year, it's damn good."

Mischer also hinted that the ceremony may pay special tribute to television icon Andy Griffith, who died recently: "It's something we're looking at."

Kimmel said he will probably feel comfortable making jokes and making fun of the audience, since many will have appeared on his show: "I will probably know 40% of the audience."

When asked to compare his hosting of the Emmys to hosting the White House Correspondents' Assn. Dinner, which he did this year, Kimmel quipped that the Emmys would probably be easier: "I'm more comfortable in front of a crowd of shallow Hollywood people."

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