This summer, it's NBC's turn to broadcast the biggest night in small screen entertainment, the 2014 Emmy Awards.
It's a longstanding tradition (for obvious corporate synergy reasons) for the Emmys' host network to select a popular personality from one of its own current programs to emcee, and 2014 will be no different in that regard. The Peacock has chosen to tap its newest late night star for the prestigious gig, that being 'Late Night' host (and 'SNL' alum) Seth Meyers.
Since the changeover to a Fallon/Meyers anchored NBC late night lineup earlier this year, the two young lions have been dominating the landscape, with both hosts regularly topping their competition in the key 18-49 viewer demographic. While Fallon might seem the more high profile of the two options, NBC likely feels that Meyers (being new to the late night game) is more in need of the recognition boost fronting one of the biggest awards shows of the year will supply.
Meyers will have his work cut out for him though, as NBC has chosen to not only move the 2014 Emmy telecast up to late August (instead of the usual late September), but to air the star-studded event on a Monday night.
This will mark the first Emmy ceremony to air on a Monday since 1976, and is primarily being done in the hopes that NBC can score the rights to a few early games of 'Sunday Night Football.' In that respect, it's hard to really blame them, as the NFL always destroys everything that's put up against it in the ratings.
The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs Monday, Aug. 25 at 8/7c.