"Glee" star Jane Lynch will host the "63rd Primetime Emmy Awards" at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday on Fox, and she's looking to a favorite awards-show host from the past for inspiration.
"Do you remember the year Billy Crystal did the Oscars and Jack Palance did the one-armed pushups?" Lynch said at a Fox press conference last month in Beverly Hills. "I love the way Billy Crystal hosted the Oscars. And I thought Jimmy Fallon was just wonderful (as the Emmys host) last year."
But don't expect her to host the entire telecast as her hilariously nasty "Glee" character, cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester.
"I think a little bit of Sue Sylvester goes a long way," she said. "There are some ideas out there for Sue Sylvester, but I think we'll probably leave her tracksuit on the Paramount lot (where ‘Glee' films)."
Mark Burnett, executive producer of "Survivor," is producing this year's Emmycast. He's previously produced the "MTV Movie Awards" and "The People's Choice Awards."
"I do award shows because it's a fun live experience, and I think the most important thing is pacing," he said. "I think the best way to do these shows is a lot of shorter bits so it keeps moving along and adding in short spoof film pieces."
There will be an "in memoriam" segment, but Burnett plans to do it differently.
"I think ‘in memoriam' doesn't need to be a bummer," he said, generating laughs from TV critics during a Fox press conference. "It can be a celebration of what was left behind, because the one thing about working in this business and creating art that lives on is when you're gone, people still enjoy your work. ... I want to look at it a little differently as a raise-up, not a bring-down."