From Sharks and 'The Bible' to Fashionistas and 'Community,' the Creative Arts Emmys Get Creative With Its Presenters
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the first lineup of presenters for the 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and everyone from reality TV darlings to epic miniseries producers is on board to announce this year's winners in categories that include art direction, cinematography, makeup, music, editing, special visual effects, and more.
Presenters include "Project Runway" hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, who are both nominated this year in the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program category. (It's also Gunn's first time as a hosting nominee, and he's feeling "numb" about it.) The duo will be joined onstage by the show's executive producer, Jon Murray.
Also on the reality front: "Shark Tank" entrepreneurs Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner, and Robert Herjavec will take a bite out of another award. (Let's hope they don't scare off the winner!)
And they're reunited and it feels so good. In a highly anticipated pairing, "Community" star Joel McHale will reunite with the show's controversial returning showrunner, Dan Harmon, to present at the ceremony. (Harmon was famously fired from the show for one season, and his return for Season 5 has McHale "over the moon," so we're definitely looking forward to their bromance banter.)
"Behind the Candelabra" stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon have already been announced as the first presenters at this year's Primetime Emmys, so it's no surprise that the HBO biopic will be well represented at the Creative Arts Emmys as well. Co-star Scott Bakula will present at the ceremony alongside the movie's executive producer, Jerry Weintraub.
And it's a family affair as husband-and-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey take the stage. The power couple's 10-part History Channel miniseries, "The Bible," nabbed an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, as well as nods for sound editing and sound mixing. Downey recently told the Hollywood Reporter that if "The Bible" takes home an Emmy, she already knows exactly whom she'll thank: "It starts with 'G' and it ends with 'd," she said.
Speaking of people whose name starts with "G" and ends with "d," "Modern Family" star Nolan Gould is also on the presenters list, and rightly so; almost all of his TV family members are nominated this year, and Gould's ABC sitcom has won the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy every year since its inception.
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"How I Met Your Mother" star Cobie Smulders will join director Pamela Fryman to present an award at the ceremony, while another of the show's stars, Neil Patrick Harris, will also appear. Harris is doing bigtime overtime, since he will also host the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 22.
Other presenters at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards include Emmy-winning actress Margo Martindale (star of the upcoming CBS sitcom "The Millers"), Joelle Carter and Graham Yost ("Justified"), Yeardley Smith ("The Simpsons"), Gilbert Gottfried, Chris Parnell ("Archer"), Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage ("MythBusters"), "Face-Off" host McKenzie Westmore, and two-time Emmy winner Robert Smigel, who will be joined onstage by Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.