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Jane Lynch to host Emmy Awards

by jmaloni
Thu, Jun 2nd 2011 02:30 pm

Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch will host the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards airing live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 18, on FOX.

"We're delighted to have Jane Lynch host the Primetime Emmys this year," said John Shaffner, Chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. "When our host has comedic, dramatic and musical talents - as Jane proved in last year's opening number - we know it's going to be fun for us and for the audience at home!"

"Jane was my first - and only - choice as the host for this year's Primetime Emmys, and I am glad she said 'yes,' " said executive producer Mark Burnett. "She has incredible comedic timing, and is a charismatic, talented actress whose energy leaps off the screen and stage. I am thrilled and excited to have her as our host."

"I am tickled pink to be hosting the Primetime Emmys on FOX," said Lynch. "I'm looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit." 

Nominations for the Emmy Awards will be announced at 5:40 a.m. PT (8:40 a.m. ET) on Thursday, July 14, from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, on the campus of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, Calif.

Best known for her breakout role as "Sue Sylvester" on the multiple-category Primetime Emmy-winning "Glee," Jane Lynch cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicago area. In 2010, Lynch won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on "Glee."

In addition to her starring role on "Glee," Lynch's television credits include "Party Down," "Lovespring International," "Desperate Housewives," "Weeds" and "The L Word." Lynch has had recurring roles on "Boston Legal," "Criminal Minds," "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Two and a Half Men," for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Her film credits include "Julie & Julia," "Shrek Forever After," "Post Grad," "Paul and Brownie Masters," "Role Models," "The Rocker," "Spring Breakdown," "Space Chimps," "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," "Sleepover" and "Surviving Eden."

Additional film credits include Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration," "A Mighty Wind" and "Best In Show"; Margaret Cho's "Celeste and Bam Bam"; and Alan Cumming's "Suffering Man's Charity." Lynch was recently cast in the remake of "The Three Stooges," which is currently in production.

Lynch's theater work includes "Oh Sister, My Sister!" at the Tamarind Theatre and Bang Theater, which garnered the LA Weekly Comedy Ensemble of the Year Award. In addition, she recently hosted the 2010 Do Something Awards, and her memoirs, "Happy Accidents," will be released in September.

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