Emmy presenters planned

Thursday, 19 September 2013 12:00 AM Written by 

emmy statueAwards show presenters are a gamble. If they’re loose and game to have fun, they can enliven a broadcast. If they’re dead-eyed/drugged slaves to a TelePrompTer, they tend to be no-fun awkward. And so often success depends on the writing of the patter they have to deliver. Often, it’s head-smackingly awful.

How might it go at the Emmys (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS) this year? Read more after the jump. ...

But CBS’s announcement that Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, stars of HBO’s Liberace movie “Behind the Candelabra” will present brings hope of a full-costume, sequined entrance. It probably won’t happen that way, but viewers can dream.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey won rave reviews for their hosting of January’s Golden Globes ceremony, so Emmy producers have wisely enlisted them to re-team as Emmy presenters.

And the Deschanel sisters – Emily of “Bones” and Zooey of “New Girl” – will present together for the first time.

Of course, some of the presenter pairings will be purely self-serving for CBS. This happens every year: Whichever network airs the Emmys uses it as an opportunity to pimp their new shows. CBS will do the same, using the stars of its new sitcom “Mom,” Allison Janney and Anna Faris, as presenters whose presence might encourage viewers to check out their new CBS sitcom.

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