Who hosted the emmys?

The 2019 Emmys are one of TV’s biggest nights, honoring the best acting, directing, writing and other work that’s contributed to the success of our favorite TV shows. Buzzed-about series like This Is Us, The Good Place, and of course Game of Thrones have all been nominated, but who will win?

The 71st Primetime Emmys will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 22 at 8 p.m. ET (or 5 p.m. if you’re on the West Coast). The award show will air on FOX, but if you plan on watching on your laptop, there are plenty of other ways to stream the ceremony. Last year, Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update duo Michael Che and Colin Jost hosted the Emmys, and their monologue received mixed reviews. After the 2019 Academy Award’s controversial decision to have the Oscars ceremony without a host went smoothly, many are wondering if the Emmys will follow suit.

Who Is Hosting the 2019 Emmys?

As it turns out, no one is hosting the Emmy Awards. For the fourth year in the award show’s history, there will be no host.

“What’s interesting about this year to me is how many amazing shows we’re saying goodbye to. You’ve got Game of Thrones, our own Empire, Veep and Big Bang Theory. You really do have to look at all the trade-offs,” FOX Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “If you have a host and an opening number, that’s 15, 20 minutes you can’t use to the shows. I look at the honor that is broadcasting the Emmys … and our production team … really have had to balance those trade-offs. We will go hostless this year, and I think it will give us more time to honor those shows.”

However, Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy will still be hosting E! New’s red carpet coverage. We can’t wait to hear what they’ll have to say about one of the year’s biggest fashion showcases.

Who Is Presenting?

  • Angela Bassett
  • Jimmy Kimmel
  • Zendaya
  • Stephen Colbert
  • Billy Porter
  • Viola Davis
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Naomi Watts
  • Seth Meyers
  • The Game of Thrones Cast including: Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Carice van Houten, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Maisie Williams

Who Is Nominated?

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Bodyguard
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
Ozark
Pose
Succession
This Is Us

Outstanding Comedy Series
Barry
Fleabag
Russian Doll
Schitt’s Creek
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Veep

Outstanding Drama Actor
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)
Billy Porter (Pose)

Outstanding Drama Actress
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
Laura Linney (Ozark)

Outstanding Comedy Actor
Bill Hader (Barry)
Don Cheadle (Black Monday)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)

Outstanding Comedy Actress
Christina Applegate (Dead to Me)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)
Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)
Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

See a full list of the nominees here.

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  • The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards will take place this Sunday, September 22, from 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET in Los Angeles.
  • Following in the footsteps of this year’s Oscars, the Emmys will not have a host, and will also not feature an opening number or monologue.
  • Emmys producer Charlie Haykel teased that they will use the extra time to honor some of the shows that ended this year, like Game of Thrones and Veep, “in some interesting and memorable ways.”

The seemingly endless saga of the 2019 Oscars’ search for a host, after Kevin Hart stepped down, culminated in the controversial decision to go without. Having reportedly struggled to find anyone willing to take the gig, the Academy made the divisive decision to go without a host at all, for the first time in 30 years. Though reactions to the news were mixed, the ceremony ended up going just fine, and its ratings improved from last year’s dismal numbers. All of which had people wondering: is this going to become the norm?

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Maybe so. The 2029 Emmys, which will take place this Sunday, September 22, will also be host-free. While this is less of a dramatic shift than it was for the Oscars—it’s only been 16 years since the Emmys last went without a host—it’s still a huge decision, and one that’s likely to influence other awards ceremonies if it’s a success.

“The conclusion was reached that this year, because we were highlighting so many shows going away, that it would be useful to save the time,” Fox CEO Charlie Collier explained to journalists at the Television Critics Association press tour in August. “You have to look at the trade off. If you have a host and an opening number, that’s 15 to 20 minutes that you don’t have to salute the shows.”

Emmys producers Ian Stewart confirmed to The Wrap that they never offered the host gig to anyone or searched seriously for a host, instead agreeing from the outset to go without. “We never actually went out to anyone,” Stewart said. “If you do decide to go with a host, which is a legitimate decision, then if they do a 10- or 12-minute monologue then you sort of have about 14 minutes left in the show to do other things that isn’t giving out awards.”

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Producer Charlie Haykel also promised that the show will put that extra time to good use, hinting that they will use it to honor some of the huge shows that ended this year like Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, and Veep “in some interesting and memorable ways, to be a little coy.”

Past Emmys hosts have included Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and most recently SNL’s Michael Che and Colin Jost. And while it’s too early to tell whether the Emmys will stick with their new host-free plan or return to a more familiar format next year, the Oscars are reportedly likely to continue without a host. Welcome to the new normal!

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Why Emmys 2019 has no host: It’s a quality TV ‘trade-off’

What’s a party without a host?

A better one — at least that’s what Fox is hoping as it ditches the concept of a star (or two) to keep things rolling during 2019’s 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

But that raises questions about why now, since the last time the show went host-free was in 2003? (And this will only be the fourth time in its history that has happened.)

Fox bigwigs have suggested the move is at least partly about cutting the fat and spending more time celebrating award-winning series that took their final bows this year, including HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” and the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”

“You have to look at the trade-off,” Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said last month at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “If you have a host and an opening number, that’s 15 to 20 minutes that you don’t have to salute the shows.”

On the cynical side, one could point to the steady erosion of ratings. Last year’s ceremony on NBC, co-hosted by “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che, hit an all-time low of 10.2 million viewers. That’s quite a drop from the record high of 21.8 million in 2000 when “The Larry Sanders Show” star Garry Shandling hosted on ABC.

Perhaps it’s a matter of, if the concept is broke, why bother anymore?

Collier also suggested that the success of this year’s host-free Academy Awards at least factored into the network’s decision. The 2019 Oscars averaged 29.6 million viewers, an 11.5 percent spike over 18.9 million who tuned in for the 2018 ceremony that was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the second year in a row.

“That was a piece of information we gathered and looked at, and it did do very well,” he said. “It was certainly something we paid attention to.”

And then there’s the matter of finding a viable host. Fox doesn’t have a late-night talk show to showcase, unlike CBS (which tapped “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert in 2017), ABC (which gave the job to Kimmel in 2016 and 2011) and NBC (which went with then-new “Late Night” host Seth Meyers in 2014 and his predecessor, Jimmy Fallon, in 2010).

Fox also lacks a pool of multitalented stars to bring in, like, say, “How I Met Your Mother” alum Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted on CBS in 2013 (getting 17.63 million viewers) and 2009 (13.47 million).

Lest anyone forget: The last time Fox hosted the Emmys was in 2015, when “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was still on the network (before moving to NBC in 2019). That year, “Brooklyn” star Andy Samberg hosted to a paltry 11.87 million viewers, a 24-percent drop from Meyers’ 15.59 million in 2014.

That’s probably not a confidence booster to begin with, and the costumed, singing freaks from Fox’s “The Masked Singer” probably wouldn’t work for this gig.

The 10 best (and worst) Emmy hosts in recent history

This year’s Emmys ceremony will be minus a host. A look back at previous ceremonies suggests that the strategy isn’t a bad idea.

Like the Oscars — which also went without a host this year — emceeing the Emmys is a risky endeavor for even the most polished of entertainers. It can be an ideal platform for showcasing a performer’s quick wit and savvy industy knowledge, or a landmine of flat jokes and failed bits. Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris are among those who won praise for their handling of the Emmy spotlight. But there are plenty of others who received less than a passing grade.

As Sunday’s festivities approach, it’s worth looking back at some of the most memorable Emmy hosts — the good, the bad and the reality TV stars.

1999

Co-hosts David Hyde Pierce and Jenna Elfman during the opening of the 1999 Primetime Emmy Awards. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times) Advertisement

The unlikely combo of Jenna Elfman (“Dharma & Greg”) and David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”) scored when they teamed up to emcee the 51st Primetime Emmys. A highlight of their pairing came when, attired in leotards, they defined some of the night’s nominees through interpretive dance. Former Times TV critic Howard Rosenberg gave the telecast a (muted) thumbs up, writing that the duo “were pleasant enough and didn’t get in the way.”

2001

After 9/11, DeGeneres was set to host the Emmys, but it was postponed twice. When the show finally aired, DeGeneres touched on the attacks, saying, “What would bother the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?” (Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press)

The 53rd Primetime Emmys were a milestone for both the ceremony and host Ellen DeGeneres. The awards took place in November after being postponed twice following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Hollywood was on edge and several prominent nominees stayed home. The venue was moved to the now-demolished Shubert Theatre in Century City, and security was high and tight. But DeGeneres, clad in black, addressed the tension instantly during her opening monologue with what Rosenberg called “one of the funniest lines in the history of Emmydom.” Said the comedian: “I’m in a unique position as host because, think about it, what would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?” Later, in a reference to the cast of HBO’s “Sex and the City,” Degeneres said, “When these four women get together and start talking about men, I have no idea what they are talking about.” Wrote Rosenberg: “Perfect host, perfect tone, perfectly hilarious.”

2007

“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest grabbed the Emmy reins in 2007. (Fox) Advertisement

Hosting a high profile event that honors the best in television is worlds away from hosting an amateur singing competition. But “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest apparently thought he had enough charisma to helm both the Emmys and the red-carpet pre-show on E! “Welcome everybody to the 59th Primetime Emmys — the results show,” Seacrest declared at the start of his awkward monologue. Pointing out previous hosts such as DeGeneres and Conan O’Brien, Seacrest quipped, “Sure, they were hilarious, but would any of them have shown up four hours early to host the red carpet pre-show?” He later congratulated “Heroes” star Hayden Panettiere on her 18th birthday, adding, “My gift to you is seating as far away from Jeremy Piven as possible.”

2008

The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards show was a <a href=”http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2008/09/emmy-ratings-fl.html”>historical disaster</a>, yielding the show’s lowest-ever ratings (an unmemorable 3.8) after a performance that landed solidly in the realm of “Let’s pretend this never happened.” As we shook our heads to forget what we just witnessed, Los Angeles Times critic Mary McNamara wrote that “he show never quite recovered from its unforgivably bad opener, or its less-than-useless hosts.” Producers learned their lesson next year: Get Neil Patrick Harris to do the job five reality-TV show hosts couldn’t. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Instead of declaring “Seacrest out,” ABC doubled down the following year for the 60th Primetime Emmys when they teamed him with his rivals in the newly created “outstanding reality-show host” category. Jimmy Kimmel introduced the hosts — Seacrest, Jeff Probst (“Survivor”), Heidi Klum (“Project Runway”), Howie Mandel (“Deal or No Deal”) and Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”) — with “a little skit so bad it defies description,” wrote Times TV critic Mary McNamara, who added that year’s Emmy telecast was a contender for “The Worst Awards Show in the History of Television.”

2009

In 2009, Neil Patrick Harris served as the host of the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. He returned to host the telecast again in 2013. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Neil Patrick Harris displayed his song and dance skills while keeping the audience amused with smart humor and edgy zingers when he took over hosting duties for the 61st Emmys. Fresh from his successful hosting turn at the Tonys, Harris was an engaging emcee through the lengthy evening. “From the moment he stepped on stage,” wrote McNamara, “… you knew you were in good hands.”

2010

As Times TV critic Mary McNamara wrote of host Jimmy Fallon in 2010, he “played to his own strengths as well — the art of the wide-eyed amiable jab, some wicked guitar-accompanied transitions and a surprisingly good Green Day.” (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Host Jimmy Fallon scored quickly when he, the cast from “Glee,” Jon Hamm, Tina Fey and others kicked off the 62nd Primetime Emmys with an electric live rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run.” His energy lasted through the evening. Wrote McNamara: “As a white-tuxedoed, wandering minstrel, Fallon played perfect host in the traditional sense of the compliment — he did not dominate so much as facilitate, making the category transitions lightly and cleanly, introducing presenters with humor and an insider’s ease, and remaining infectiously happy to be there without drawing too much attention to himself.”

2014

Seth Meyers speaks to the audience at the Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre on Aug. 25, 2014. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Advertisement

In preparing to host the 66th Primetime Emmys, NBC “Late Night” host Seth Meyers spent numerous hours watching the nominated shows. His extensive homework paid off in the eyes of many critics, who found the “Saturday Night Live” alum engaging and his biting humor in fine form. McNamara gushed in her review: “Seth… Your opening monologue was funny, fresh and smart, chock-full of good jokes and insight into the wonderful roiling madness that is television today.”

2016

Jimmy Kimmel was not only the host for the 68th Primetime Emmys — his ABC late-night talk show was a nominee in the variety talk category. But when his show lost out to “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” Kimmel did not hide his displeasure, saying, “Isn’t talk show supposed to be kind of an American thing?” He was interrupted by his longtime “nemesis” Matt Damon. “I missed the last category,” said Damon, chomping on an apple. “Did you win?” Ignoring Kimmel’s attempts to make him leave, Damon poured salt into the wound: “I’m sorry. This is so humiliating. You lost, and now you have to stand out here for the rest of the night in front of everybody while you probably just want to go home, curl up and cry.”

2017

Sean Spicer at the 2017 Emmy Awards. (Chris Pizzello / Invision /Associated Press)

“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert was tapped to host the 69th Primetime Emmys, the first ceremony of the Trump administration, and as expected, Colbert, a frequent critic of Trump, took a few shots at the president in his opening monologue. But those jokes were overshadowed when Colbert brought out embattled former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to estimate the viewership of the awards. Spicer, in a twist on his infamous press conference exaggerating the size of Trump’s inauguration audience, said, “This is the largest audience to witness the Emmys, period. Both in person and around the world!” “Melissa McCarthy,” joked Colbert. “Everybody, give it up!”

2018

Colin Jost, left, and Michael Che in their opening monologue at the Emmy Awards. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Michael Che and Colin Jost, the anchors of “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live,” received mixed notices when they hosted the 70th Emmy Awards on NBC. A lukewarm skit about the lack of diversity on TV preceded their opening monologue, and many of their jokes fell flat.

Homer Simpson at the Emmys, before the whole piano incident. Photo: Frederic J. Brown /AFP/Getty Images

After the Academy Awards successfully proceeded without a host earlier this year, the 2019 Emmys decided to do the same thing, a move that suggested the awards-show host, as a concept, might be officially dead and buried. After Sunday night’s telecast, though, I’m not so sure.

From an efficiency standpoint, the Emmys’ no-host approach worked beautifully. Michael Douglas, presenter of the final Emmy to Outstanding Drama winner Game of Thrones, said goodnight at 11:01 p.m. on the East Coast, which meant the show ended almost exactly on time. That was after presenting 27 awards, three more than were given out at the Oscars, which clocked in at three hours and 23 minutes. Aside from a few sidebars — the tributes to Game of Thrones and Veep, an odd musical number about the Variety category, the in memoriam segment — the Emmys focused on handing out the trophies and giving the winners enough leeway to make acceptance speeches that didn’t feel too rushed.

But the Emmys telecast still felt all over the place. I trace the problem back to the opening, which started with a tuxed-up Homer Simpson “walking onstage,” then getting squashed by a falling piano, at which point a panicky Anthony Anderson scrambled to replace him. Anderson quickly got sidetracked by an attempt to steal Emmy statuettes, prompting stagehands to shove Bryan Cranston in front of cameras to introduce a montage saluting this season of television. The whole thing was like a Ping-Pong ball bouncing around the tile floor of a rec room: You couldn’t get your hand around it because it kept skittering every which way. What that opening needed was a host, even if the Emmy Awards as a whole didn’t need one.

Rather than removing hosts entirely, shows like the Emmys should redefine what it means to be an awards-show emcee. The Oscars, Emmys, and Tonys have all made a big deal about their hosts in past years, hiring talent that presumably isn’t cheap. When you pay a lot of money for someone to host an awards show, you want to put them to work. That typically translates into an opening monologue, comedy bits sprinkled in between awards, and some longer introductions of presenters. But the fact is you don’t need all that. You just need someone to set the tone at the beginning of the ceremony.

The Oscars producers understood this, which is why Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler kicked off the broadcast last February, telling a few jokes and presenting the first award. The trio didn’t officially “host,” but their appearance gave the show a sense of familiar structure. I think the Oscars and the Emmys should go a step further and appoint a comedian as the official opener, then have that person stay onstage a little longer than Rudolph, Fey, and Poehler did. Have them do a tight five, and then segue directly into the first award. That feels like a much better solution given last night’s flailing first few mintues.

Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler *not* hosting the Oscars.

It also feels like a necessary one, if what Sarah Silverman said during the Emmys preshow is any indication of how these ceremonies are planned. When Jason Kennedy (who, for the record, did a graceful job handling purple-carpet duties) asked Silverman if she had any bits planned for the evening, she said, “Nothing. They’ve cut us off at the knees. There isn’t even a host anymore at these shows. They don’t want comedians to talk.” That last line — “They don’t want comedians to talk” — calls to mind how the White House Correspondents’ Dinner no longer features a comedian either. You can argue that these events don’t really need someone to tell jokes. But my counterargument is: Yeah-huh they do.

All of these events — the Oscars, the Emmys, the Correspondents’ Dinner — are celebrations of achievement in industries that can be insular and self-important. The comedians are there to provide entertainment and some laughs to loosen everyone up. But they’re also there to drop a few respectful but blunt truth bombs about entertainment, journalism, and what’s happening in the world. That strikes me as important, especially given the heightened conversations about fairness and equality in Hollywood, and a broader political climate that begs for mockery and commentary.

One could say that Thomas Lennon’s job as Emmys commentator last night allowed for that sort of irreverence. While some of his absurd anecdotes were hilarious — I particularly liked the one about Jason Batemen wearing the “same-size slacks he wore on Little House on the Prairie” — on more than one occasion they distracted from the winners’ shining moments. Winners deserve to own their moment in the spotlight, and so do comedians’ zingers.

This whole no-host trend, to the extent that it is a trend, started because of the Kevin Hart controversy, prompted by concern that his past homophobic tweets and jokes might alienate members of the Oscar audience at a time when awards shows can’t afford to lose any more eyeballs. Understandably, the Oscar producers decided that it’d be easier to ditch their host and avoid that friction. That choice was also easier because of another problem that Silverman mentioned last night: A lot of comedians don’t want to take on awards-show gigs because, as she put it, those gigs are thankless.

But if the job only entailed a short stand-up set, I bet that more smart and funny comedians would be willing to say yes. It would involve much less of a time commitment, plus the blame for the show’s success or failure couldn’t be so easily placed on a single pair of shoulders.

Every time a prominent comedian gets reprimanded, people have Twitter fits about how funnymen and -women are being censored. But I have not sensed the same uproar about the fact that two of the biggest awards shows have done away with their comedic elements. Both the Oscars and the Emmys, flawed as they are and as low as their ratings have dropped, still provide one of the most high-profile platforms for comedians to speak to a worldwide audience. Not tapping comics to fill that role may seem smart at first, but it’s also a sly way for the networks to avoid the prospect of any political jokes that might rub someone the wrong way. For an industry that prides itself on its supposed bravery, that isn’t very brave.

I say: Let’s reserve the opening of each awards show for a gifted comedian, then give that comedian the opportunity to do their material, in their style, without micromanaging the hell out of them. Shows like the Emmys need to kick off with humor and some solid jabs at the Establishment — for further study on how to do this right, see the Golden Globes ceremonies hosted by Fey and Poehler — and then get right to the business at hand.

The odds are strong that the Oscars won’t have a traditional host again in 2020, but it’s not too late to mix things up. Ask Tiffany Haddish to do a tight five to start the ceremony. Or Hasan Minhaj. Or John Mulaney. Or Hannah Gadsby. Don’t call them the “host” if that seems like a misnomer. Call them the toastmaster, or the comic, or the opening entertainer. Just don’t remove the comedians entirely. We need them, especially if the only alternative is to drop pianos on cartoon characters.

Hosting the Emmy awards is a tough gig. Just showing up for the Primetime Emmys requires wit and reflexes so Emmy hosts who have done well make it look easy. That’s one of the reasons this Emmy hosts list is one of those rare times where the best and worst overlap.

Opinions on Emmy hosts can go either way, depending on who you ask. Sometimes people remember the Primetime Emmys like witnesses at a car accident. As long as no one was seriously injured, it wasn’t so bad. Others have razor sharp recall of the Emmy Awards and a strict criteria for Emmy hosts. That criteria skews wildly with wine. That’s not surprising for an awards show that has given Emmys to a ventriloquist (the first Emmy ever given), the yellow first down line on the NFL broadcasts, and the most Emmys to the Oscars.

Even if a host is talented and has a huge following, that’s not a guaranteed win as an Emmy host. A tough industry crowd, pre-awards cocktails, and egos that strain the max capacity of the room all make for a 50/50 shot at success. The only host who consistently and expertly handled the crowd was Johnny Carson as host of the Emmys eight times.

The Emmy hosts list is varied and strange. Top comedians and talk show hosts made sense, but Bruce Willis? Bruce Willis hosted the Emmys? It was 1987, he was white hot from Moonlighting, and won an Emmy that year, but in retrospect, it’s proof that time chipped away at both his hair and his enthusiasm.

Hosting the Emmy Awards takes careful planning, the ability to wing it, and the super power of reading an audience. Barreling forward when it’s not working isn’t smart. Finding the right Emmy host is a talent in and of itself and the Emmy Awards have tried it all. Five hosts, no Emmy hosts, and letting California Governor Earl Warren host in 1951.

Who takes home the faux gold statue as your favorite among all the Emmy hosts? Upvote the Emmy hosts who made you laugh, cry, and schlep toward the limo with more gift bags than they were allotted.

Emmys 2019: how to watch the awards ceremony online

The 71st annual Emmy Awards ceremony is tonight at 8PM ET (5PM PT). If you want to watch the talent pack into the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA, the pre-show coverage on the red carpet begins an hour earlier, at 7PM ET (4PM PT).

Will your favorite TV shows, actors, and writers take home an award? In order to be the first to find out, you’ll have to watch along. For everything you want to know about the Emmys, we’ll get into it below.

Who’s hosting the Emmys?

Technically, there will be no hosts. But, there will be a slate of previous Emmy Award-winning actors, and currently nominated actors, presenting awards throughout the three-hour show.

To name a few, Jon Hamm, Cherry Jones, James Corden, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jharrel Jerome, Bradley Whitford, Marisa Tomei, Hugh Laurie, and many more will make an appearance.

How do I watch the Emmys?

This year, Fox will broadcast the Emmys. So, you can watch the show on your local Fox affiliate channel, which is channel 5 in NYC or channel 11 in Los Angeles. Fox has a handy sheet containing all of its affiliates, in case you’re not sure which channel it’s on in your region.

As we say each year, and with each event that’s broadcasted on TV, this stream will be the closest to being in real-time with the event. So, if you’re worried about seeing spoilers on Twitter or Facebook before you see things unfold, watch the Emmys on your TV.

If you’re a cable subscriber with credentials handy, the Fox Now app for all major streaming devices (Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV) is another option you have for easily tuning into the show.

How do I watch it online, and without paying?

There are plenty of options for watching the Emmys if you don’t have a cable subscription. Whether you want to watch on your internet browser, or through a streaming device (Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku) connected to your television, here are a few suggestions.

Also, all of the services below are paid cable streaming services, but they offer free trials. So, unless you want to keep your subscription, just remember to cancel before the trial ends so you don’t get charged.

  • fuboTV
  • Hulu with Live TV
  • PlayStation Vue
  • YouTube TV
  • Sling TV
  • Locast is another option, though it may not be available in your region.

If you live outside of the US, Fox has put together a list of providers that will be broadcasting the Emmys.

Who’s up to win an award?

It’s going to be a fun night, and hopefully, there will be a few surprises.

Streaming services continue to grow, and they continue to increase their presence on the list of nominees. HBO, in total, has 137 nominations, 32 nominations of which are for Game of Thrones alone. That beats the previous record set by NYPD Blue in 1994 by six nominations. Barry and Chernobyl have quite a few nominations of their own: 17 and 19, respectively.

Netflix isn’t far behind with 117 nominations, but it drops off from there in terms of services and networks. NBC has 58 nominations, while Amazon Prime Video has 47.

Here is the full list of nominees:

OUTSTANDING DRAMA

  • Better Call Saul
  • Bodyguard
  • Game of Thrones
  • Killing Eve
  • Ozark
  • Pose
  • Succession
  • This Is Us

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Billy Porter, Pose
  • Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Laura Linney, Ozark
  • Mandy Moore, This Is Us
  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
  • Julia Garner, Ozark
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
  • Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
  • Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones
  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
  • Cherry Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Jessica Lange, AHS: Apocalypse
  • Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us
  • Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Carice van Houten, Game of Thrones

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Michael Angarana, This Is Us
  • Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
  • Michael McKean, Better Call Saul
  • Kumail Nanjiani, The Twilight Zone
  • Glynn Turman, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

OUTSTANDING COMEDY

  • Barry
  • Fleabag
  • The Good Place
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Russian Doll
  • Schitt’s Creek
  • Veep

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
  • Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Anthony Anderson, black-ish
  • Don Cheadle, Black Monday
  • Ted Danson, The Good Place
  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  • Sian Clifford, Fleabag
  • Olivia Colman, Fleabag
  • Betty Gilpin, GLOW
  • Sarah Goldberg, Barry
  • Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
  • Anthony Carrigan, Barry
  • Tony Hale, Veep
  • Stephen Root, Barry
  • Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Henry Winkler, Barry

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Jane Lynch, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Sandra Oh, Saturday Night Live
  • Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
  • Kristin Scott Thomas, Fleabag
  • Fiona Shaw, Fleabag
  • Emma Thompson, Saturday Night Live

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Matt Damon, Saturday Night Live
  • Robert de Niro, Saturday Night Live
  • Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Peter MacNicol, Veep
  • John Mulaney, Saturday Night Live
  • Adam Sandler, Saturday Night Live
  • Rufus Sewell, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

LIMITED SERIES

  • Chernobyl
  • Escape at Dannemora
  • Fosse/Verdon
  • Sharp Objects
  • When They See Us

MADE FOR TV MOVIE

  • Bandersnatch: Black Mirror
  • Brexit
  • Deadwood: The Movie
  • King Lear
  • My Dinner With Hervé

LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
  • Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
  • Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us
  • Joey King, The Act
  • Niecy Nash, When They See Us
  • Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Mahershala Ali, True Detective
  • Benecio del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
  • Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
  • Jared Harris, Chernobyl
  • Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
  • Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Patricia Arquette, The Act
  • Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
  • Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
  • Vera Farmiga, When They See Us
  • Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
  • Emily Watson, Chernobyl

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE

  • Asante Blackk, When They See Us
  • Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora
  • John Leguizamo, When They See Us
  • Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
  • Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
  • Michael K Williams, When They See Us

REALITY SHOW HOST

  • James Corden, The World’s Best
  • Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen’s Game Of Games
  • Marie Kondo, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
  • Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It
  • RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

REALITY SHOW COMPETITION

  • The Amazing Race
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Nailed It!
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

  • At Home With Amy Sedaris
  • Documentary Now!
  • Drunk History
  • I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Who Is America?

VARIETY TALK SERIES

  • The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
  • Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  • The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

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The point of an official emcee, who introduces an awards show with a long, jokey monologue and then occasionally bursts in to pep things up throughout the night, was much debated earlier this year. The Academy Awards, after struggling to find a host, hired and quickly dismissed Kevin Hart, then decided to go without an emcee for the first time in decades. The result was a little dry, but brisk by Oscar standards and free of catastrophe, so it was largely deemed a success. But that decision made more sense for the Academy Awards; the movie industry doesn’t have the wide talent pool that the TV world has when it comes to hosting personalities.

This year’s Emmys featured a procession of people who could easily have taken the emcee gig. Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel took the stage together and joked at length about the importance of their jobs and what they could have brought to the show had they been hired. Ike Barinholtz and Maya Rudolph did an iffy, malapropism-filled double act as they pretended to be temporarily blind from LASIK surgery. Ken Jeong spent his five minutes onstage filming a TikTok. Seth Meyers was, somewhat bizarrely, called out only to eulogize the dearly departed HBO series Game of Thrones (the show’s cast then lined up onstage to awkwardly convey their thanks as a group).

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Half of this year’s jokes were about how the Emmys needed saving, and that became a self-fulfilling prophecy. If any of the comedians I mentioned in the last paragraph had been handed a hosting gig, they could have brought in their own writers, crafted a real monologue, and given the broadcast some cohesion and personality. Instead, those performers were trotted out for a few minutes, handed some rote zingers, and forced to move on to the next thing. The ceremony didn’t get shorter as a result; it only became more bloated, thanks in part to a slew of dull montages, salutes to shows such as Thrones and Veep, and appearances from the new cast of the Fox series The Masked Singer.

Last night’s Emmys should be a crucial lesson for awards shows going forward, especially with the Oscars race beginning this fall. Live television events such as these work only if they’re memorable; people don’t tune in just to see which group of millionaires got the golden statues and remembered to thank their agent this year. Proper hosts have a much better chance of generating well-crafted, enduring moments. Lin-Manuel Miranda taking the stage to present a trophy and reading the dictionary definition of the word variety isn’t one of them.

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