Andy Samberg Named as Host of the 2015 Emmy Awards

By Cheri Cheng - 13 Mar '15 12:05PM
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Comedian Andy Samberg will host the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, organizers of the show announced Thursday. The show will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 20 and will be broadcasted live by Fox TV.

"Andy has excelled in all aspects of the television universe, both from behind and in front of the camera," said Bruce Rosenblum, the chairman and CEO of the Television Academy.

"The moment the Emmy Awards' host was brought up, we said it had to be Andy," Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, said in a statement. "He is fearless, hilarious, an award-winning comedian, singer, writer and actor with incredible live TV experience. We know he'll deliver the laughs and give viewers an incredible night they will enjoy."

In Samberg's statement, he wrote, "Buckle your seat belts, Emmy viewers! Like, in general you should buckle your seat belts in your car. In fact, even if you're not an Emmy viewer, you should buckle your seat belt. It can be dangerous on the road. Also, if you're not an Emmy viewer, you should strongly consider becoming one this year, because I'm hosting, and it's gonna be a wild ride. So buckle your seat belts."

Last year's host was "Saturday Night Live" alum and current NBC late-night host, Seth Meyers.

For this year's award show, the Television Academy's new rules will increase the number of nominees in the comedy and drama categories from six to seven. The Academy also redefined Comedy series. Now, comedy series will have to be 30 minutes or shorter while dramas will be defined as shows over 30 minutes. The mini-series has been renamed to "limited series."

The 36-year-old actor, producer and writer is most well known for his years with "Saturday Night Live." Samberg shared an Emmy with Justin Timberlake for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for their 2007 SNL sketch song, "Dick in a Box."

Samberg retired from the show after seven seasons and went on to star in the hit TV comedy, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Samberg won a best comedy actor Golden Globe for his role as Detective Jake Peralta on the FOX police sitcom.

The nominations for the 2015 Emmy Awards will be announced on July 16.

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