NBC will telecast the show on Aug. 29, so that means an NBC star must emcee. O'Brien did the honors successfully the last two times the peacock web aired the Emmys (2006, 2002). It was unlikely that the network would choose Jay Leno instead this time, considering his recent fiasco in prime time. NBC has been pushing "Parks & Recreation" aggressively, so there was speculation Amy Poehler might prevail, but that was scuttled when the telecast was moved from September to August, precisely when Poehler is due to have a baby.
Gold Derby has learned exclusively that the TV academy also seriously considered the team of Andy Samberg (who's hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2009) and Justin Timberlake, who won an Emmy together in 2008 for their "Saturday Night Live" song "… in a Box." They were also nominated last year for their "Motherlover" tune. Timberlake was also considered as a solo emcee of the upcoming awardscast since he won an Emmy as best guest comedy actor last year for hosting "Saturday Night Live."
Last year "The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Digital Experience" won an Emmys for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media - Nonfiction. Watch the webcam chat we conducted last year with Fallon about his delicate Emmy fate.