Jane Lynch is reluctant to talk about what she will be doing as host of the Emmys, largely because the show is still a work in progress. But she does offer up some information on what she won’t be doing.
“I probably won’t wear a tracksuit,” Lynch says, referring to the preferred attire of her “Glee” character, Sue Sylvester. (She has previously said that if she did anything in character as Sue, it would be only for brief bit.)
That’s good news for anyone who might be worried about the Emmys turning into an extended “Glee” skit. So what else is off the table? “I probably won’t do an elaborate dance number,” Lynch said during a conference call Tuesday (Aug. 30). “And I hope you won’t be bored.”
To the last point, Lynch says she’s working with the show’s writers (including old friend Jill Soloway, a writer and producer on “United States of Tara” and “Six Feet Under”) to hone the comedy bits while also “serving the purpose of the evening.”
“It’s about the awards and the people getting awards,” she says. “It’s about entertaining in between, but we have to remember it’s a night of celebration of this industry. That’s what we remind ourselves of at the start of every meeting we have. My job as host is to move it along, and kind of [give] that background energy of … ‘Look what we’re celebrating.'”
Lynch says she and Soloway were working on a pre-taped piece this week, likely for the show’s opening. She also hopes to involve her “Glee” castmates in another taped piece, but while she “would bet there will be an appearance,” nothing is final yet.
The 63rd annual Primetime Emmys air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 PT Sunday, Sept. 18 on FOX.