Congratulations to late-night host turned fancy emcee Jimmy Kimmel, the recently announced host of the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Although the September 23 live broadcast will be his first time hosting the television-awards show, the gig seems a natural fit for Kimmel, given his prior hosting duties for the American Music Awards, ESPN’s ESPYs and April’s always-high-profile White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Kimmel has six months to prepare material for the broadcast, which will air live on ABC, and while we have no doubt he and his team are already hard at work devising a plan of attack, we’ve come up with a few ideas of our own that we hope he’ll incorporate.
A Trailer for “TV Movie: The TV Movie”
One of the things we enjoy most about Kimmel is his ability to cash in on his close relationships with celebrities and how many of them he manages to involve in his parody videos or sketches — all in the name of fun, of course. Given the great success of “Movie: The Movie” , a star-studded parody trailer for a nonexistent blockbuster, we’re thinking he can work his magic for something TV-related: a mini-TV movie like “TV Movie: The TV Movie,” for example.
While Kimmel isn’t known for taking stars to task per se, a la Ricky Gervais’ brand of pot-stirring, he also won’t let someone get away with being completely ridiculous and will find a humorous way to make light of a troubling situation. (See Kimmel’s quick-witted improvisation when scheduled guest Lil Wayne canceled at the last minute). We’d like to see Kimmel have fun with the audience, particularly reality-show stars and his fellow talk-show hosts — many of whom are Kimmel’s pals anyway.
Orchestrate a Show-Stopping Musical Number
Who can forget Kimmel’s amazing contributions to Great Viral Music Videos via “I’m F—ing Ben Affleck,” , which was inspired by his girlfriend-at-the-time Sarah Silverman’s instant hit “I’m F—ing Matt Damon”? Again, this involves calling upon Kimmel’s A-list connections for their involvement, but if he can get the likes of Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Pete Wentz and more together for a revenge video, surely he can pull off something magical for the live broadcast of the Emmys? What we’d really like to see is a musical performance featuring Damon, Affleck and Kimmel all singing together.
A Second ’Meeting’ of the Handsome Men’s Club
Make no mistake, there were plenty of handsome men in Kimmel’s first video, but it’s been over two years since we’ve seen the meeting of the Handsome Men’s Club, and surely they’re due for another get-together. We’d like to know more about what being in that club actually means and what these handsome men do together. Also, we’re guessing they’ve added a few new members to their ranks, some fresh meat from “True Blood” for example, like Ryan Kwanten, Alexander SkarsgÅrd or Joe Manganiello? How about membership for Ryan Gosling or Michael Fassbender, perhaps?