this year's first presenter couple — "Behind the Candelabra" stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will dole out the evening's first award — four new sets of dynamic duos have been announced. And with this new list, there's a whole lot of girl power.It looks like it will be a night of perfect pairs at the 65th Primetime Emmys. Just when you thought nothing could top
In what's sure to be an iconic moment, "Scandal" star Kerry Washington will team up with the legendary Diahann Carroll to present at this year's Emmy Awards ceremony. Washington is the first African American woman to be nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series since 1995, while four-time Emmy nominee Carroll paved the way for her 50 years ago, with a 1963 nomination for her performance in the police drama "Naked City." Carroll's title role in the 1968 series "Julia" also marked the first time an African American woman headlined a television series, so it's fitting that the two trailblazers are presenting side by side.
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"Saturday Night Live" alums Tina Fey ("30 Rock") and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") will be together again at the Emmys. The funny lady couple — who will go head to head in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category — will team up to present on Emmy night. And if their exchange is anything like their Emmy-nominated Golden Globe Awards monologue from earlier this year (the duo hilariously hosted the show and nabbed a nom in the process), expect it to be a highlight of the night.
Poehler is already known for her Emmy antics. In 2012 she famously "swapped" Emmy speeches with winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and in 2011 the comic leaped onstage when her name was announced, and her fellow nominees followed suit — including her BFF, Fey! It looks like these girls do everything together.
Ready for a mother-daughter duo and a fall sneak peek all in one? Allison Janney and Anna Faris will not only co-star on the edgy new CBS series "Mom" this fall (hint: they'll play mom and daughter), but they'll partner to present at the Emmys.
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And talk about a sister act. Zooey Deschanel and Emily Deschanel will keep things all in the family when they share the Emmy stage this year. The adorkable actress sibs both star on Fox series (Zooey in "New Girl" and Emily in "Bones"), but this will be the first time they'll share the stage at the Emmy Awards.
But can these sisters play nice at the Emmys? Last year, Zooey told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel that her big sister used to torment her bigtime: "She basically just used the plot of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' to terrify me," the actress said, adding that Emily also teased her by talking in a monotone voice like V.I.C.I. from the science fiction sitcom "Small Wonder."
"She would make me cry, and then she would laugh," Zooey revealed.
Let's hope these girls know that there's no crying at the Emmys unless it's happy tears during an acceptance speech!
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
- Arts & Entertainment
- Diahann Carroll
- Primetime Emmys
- Kerry Washington