Last year at the Emmys obviously one of the big hits was the opening number with you and Jimmy Fallon and the whole gang. At this point, are you able to confirm any sort of follow up to that in your version of the Emmys?
Follow up, no. I think we started it from scratch and we didn’t try to follow up on anything from last year. But I’m pre-taping right now for the Emmys, and I don’t want to tell you what it is. It will spoil the surprise.
And then as far as Glee, I was just wondering—back at TCA Kevin Riley said that he sees this season as really going back to basics. Is that anything that you’ve seen in the early scripts?
Yes. I think what he was talking about is sticking to the story lines of our regular characters, because you know we had a great season last year but we did kind of go all over the place with guest stars and had a lot of fun with that. And we’re kind of honing in on these stories of these kids, especially in light in the fact that several of them will be graduating at the end of the year.
Wondering if you’ve had any input from any previous Emmy hosts regarding what you can expect and what their tips have been for you?
No, I haven’t had- and I know several of them. I know Neil, and Ellen, and Jimmy, and Jimmy sent me flowers, but not really. No, nobody has given me any tips.
If Sue Sylvester were giving you tips on hosting the gig, what would Sue’s tips be?
Well somehow find a way to give all of the awards to yourself, I think, would probably be her advice.
Can you tell me who’s writing your- I’m sure you’re writing some of it yourself, but can you tell me who’s helping you with your material for the telecast?
Yes, Jill Soloway, who’s a good old friend. We worked together on Real Live Brady Bunch, and lived in the basement of her house for several years when I was younger. I’ve known Faith, her sister, and Jill for a long time. In fact, Faith is a wonderful songwriter and will probably be adding something. She’s coming in for the last two weeks. Well she should be coming in soon. So Faith and Jill are kind of my touchstones and Jill’s directing the thing we’re doing today, and she’s written it. And it’s just great to be working with her. I’m in good hands.
Are any of the Glee folks pitching in jokes or anything?
Not yet. We’ve kind of been hunkering down with just getting what the show’s going to look like and what will be in it, but we will be reaching out, I think, very, very soon.
Can you just tell me if there are any changes in the way the awards are presented?
There was talk about this and they kind of haven’t bothered with me on it, but I think we’re going to have some little things you haven’t seen before that we’ll introduce. All of the major categories—you know there’s four major categories; drama, comedy, reality, and TV movie miniseries, and I think we’re going to do something a little unique to launch those parts of the show.
Is there any aspect of hosting the show that particularly concerns you going in?
What I’m concerned about is I do well and don’t make a fool of myself. I mean I trust my writers and everybody working on the show knows what they’re doing I’ve worked with this crew on the Emmys last year, the Do Something Awards. Every time I’ve done an awards show, it’s the exact same crew. They know what they’re doing so I really feel like I’m good hands. What concerns me, I want it to be interesting and funny and also serve the purpose of the show, which is to honor television and people in it, and make sure we keep the eye on that. But the little bites that we get to do something fun and funny, I feel responsible for those that those need to be entertaining.