Newly announced presenters include "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner, as well as actress Linda Cardellini and "Homeland" star Rupert Friend. In addition, "American Idol" alum turned "Smash" star Katharine McPhee will present at the ceremony, as will bandleader Rickey Minor.
With the final season of "Mad Men" set to air next year, time is running out for the series to nab an acting Emmy, but the show also received several nominations that fall into the Creative Arts Emmy categories, including cinematography, picture editing, makeup, and hairstyling.
Cardellini — who's nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series category for her "Mad Men" role as Don Draper's mistress, Sylvia Rosen — made good in the hairstyling department (did you check out her 1960s bouffant on the series?), so with any luck that will be the category she'll present in. (We're just speculating here, of course, and may be way off base!)
The actress told Entertainment Weekly that her own Emmy nomination is "really a dream." But her presenter gig is a dream come true for fans of the show, as is the addition of "Mad Men" showrunner Matt Weiner, who we hope will present with her and talk business. (Yes, we know the notoriously secret producer won't spill any Season 7 secrets — he's there to present an award — but we can hope, can't we?)
Then again, while Weiner looks like the perfect presenter partner for Cardellini on paper, let's not forget that she has more in common with actor Rupert Friend than meets the eye. Both stars crashed two of TV's biggest shows this year, and both are nominated for their guest-starring roles on hit cable series. (Sylvia Rosen trading barbs with Peter Quinn? Hey, why not?)
Katharine McPhee started out as an "American Idol" contender but moved on to star in the recently canceled Fox musical drama "Smash." But the singer turned actress also has something in common with one of the other newly announced presenters.
That's because before he landed on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Rickey Minor was the "American Idol" musical director during McPhee's season on the TV talent competition. The two even jammed together for a rendition of "Jingle Bells" on Leno's show. And while we're not sure that they will be paired for their Emmy spots, it sure seems like a match made in heaven!
The new presenters will join a previously announced star-studded lineup that includes Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn ("Project Runway"), "Community" star Joel McHale (who will reunite with the show's returning exec producer, Dan Harmon), "Behind the Candelabra" star Scott Bakula and producer Jerry Weintraub, "The Bible" producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, Nolan Gould of "Modern Family," "How I Met Your Mother" stars Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris (who, incidentally, is doing double duty as host of the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards), and more.
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. A televised presentation will air Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on FXX.