When it was announced back in May that Jane Lynch would be hosting the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (airing Sept. 18), we pondered how much of the show would be her and how much would be her pop culture alter ego, as Sue Sylvester on Glee. After all, putting on that red track suit and firing off one-liners that could make Don Rickles blush helped propel Lynch from cult comedy mainstay to an Emmy winner last year. On one hand, we liked the idea of a visit to “Sue’s Corner” or Sylvester-style barbs aimed at her younger co-stars or Matthew Morrison’s hair, but on the other, we like Lynch. Just as she is.
For those worried that there would be too much Glee/Sue Sylvester influence, however, rest easy: Lynch has no plans to overdo it as McKinley’s success-craving cheer leading coach. In a recent interview with The Los Angeles Times, the 51-year-old actress said, “It’s definitely going to be more me than Sue Sylvester. In fact, if Sue were hosting, I don’t think many people would watch it, because a little of Sue goes a long way.” Valid point, and an especially smart move considering the recent wave of Glee backlash.
That said, it wouldn’t be the worst thing for Lynch to break out some of her other classic characters. We already suggested some catering courtesy of Constance Carmell and the rest of the Party Down crew, but since the Emmys are technically the Best in Show(s), would a visit from Christy Cummings be entirely out of the question? Wouldn’t it be worth enduring haunted dreams to watch Lynch uncomfortably hit on The Office nominee Steve Carell like she did as his boss Paula in The 40-Year-Old-Virgin? (She’s very discreet.)
Then again, she could just take a similar approach to last year’s host Jimmy Fallon (maybe minus the Glee-like opening musical number), who she praised to the Los Angeles Times for having “the right mix of sarcasm and good-heartedness.” Hmm, that sounds an awful lot like Jane Lynch to us.
Are you relieved to hear that Jane Lynch won’t do much of the Emmys show as Sue Sylvester, PopWatcers, or disappointed? Do you think she should break out some of her other iconic characters from television and movies or just be herself?