BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — This year’s Emmy Awards may be a nail-biter in a whole new way, since the show is directly preceded by two NFL games with the potential for overtime. The good news for host Andy Samberg, however, is the mammoth promotional platform the games present.
“I love having any association with football,” says the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star, a 49ers fan. “Not just because of the ratings, but also because it means that they’ll run ads for it during the games and all of my friends will see me.”
The “Saturday Night Live” alum has watched several of his former cast mates host awards shows — including Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon handling the Emmys, and the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes — so, as he told reporters at the recent Television Critics Association press tour, he has some good role models.
“Tina and Amy obviously are the standard,” said Samberg. “They’re just so good at keeping it feeling really loose with a lot of really good writing underneath that, and it’s something that only they can do. But I’ll try and do whatever version of it [I and my writers] come to.”
But he knows, ultimately, the responsibility rests on his shoulders so he’s been catching up on the nominees as well as doing research to understand the culture of the shows and what the big stories are to their fan bases. He admits with so many buzzed-about shows, it’s tough to see everything.
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