Sigrid Bernhoerster Staff Writer
I don’t know that the Emmy awards have a reputation for being innovative, but for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards they are switching things up and it looks like it’ll be quite a treat.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a major inspiration for this year’s show comes simply from the host, Neil Patrick Harris, who executive producer Ken Ehrlich calls, “One of America’s greatest new song and dance men.” With that kind of calibre of performer, it would be a shame to waste his talents wouldn’t it?
As the man who has produced the Grammy Awards shows for the last 30-odd years and will helm the Primetime Emmys for the sixth time, you could say that Ehrlich knows what he’s talking about.
With the blessing of the TV academy and CBS, producers are moving the “Reality Competition Host” award to the Creative Arts Emmy show to replace it with…well, dancing.
Not only will the Emmy for Choreography be given out at the awards show, but there will also be the opportunity for the choreographers to show their stuff to the wider Primetime Emmy audience. The nominees Derek Hough and Allison Holker from Dancing with the Stars, and Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Jo Moore, Napoleon D’umo, and Travis Wall from So You Think You Can Dance will choreograph an original number to be performed at some point in the show that is not the opening number.
The dancers will certainly include acclaimed triple threat Neil Patrick Harris, but could also include the choreographers themselves, plus dancers of their choosing – they’ve each been given the ability to hire two dancers, budget depending.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to make Emmy history by showcasing dance as a viable Primetime Emmy component, but Ehrlich goes on to say that this award switch will only be for this year…unless future producers want to include it – but that will be up to them, and again, the broadcaster and TV academy.
CBS will be airing the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 22.