August 30, 2011 1:44pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Emmys Host Jane Lynch Wants 'Glee' Cast to Be Part of the Show
Emmy host and nominee Jane Lynch wants to see her Glee colleagues incorporated on the broadcast.
“I’ve pitched a couple of ideas for the Glee cast,” she told reporters Tuesday during a conference call ahead of the Sept. 18 awards show. “I bet there will be an appearance.”
Lynch, who plays the snarky tracksuit-clad cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on the Fox musical dramedy, noted that she’s been involved in every aspect of putting the show together, collaborating with producer Mark Burnett and company and that her duties as host are a welcome relief from having to think about her nomination.
“My nerves will mostly be focused toward doing the show,” said Lynch, who won the supporting actress in a comedy prize last year and is nominated in the same category for her role on Glee. “It’s almost a relief not to have to think about having been nominated.”
As for the show itself, Lynch teased that the production has “something unique” planned ahead of the four main categories (drama, comedy, reality and miniseries). “We’re going to have some little things we haven’t seen before,” she noted.
Lynch is the third woman to host the Emmys alone, following Angela Lansbury in 1993 and Ellen DeGeneres in 2001 and 2005 and noted that she hasn’t received any hosting tips from previous hosts but joked that Sue Sylvester would suggest to “Somehow find a way to give all the awards to yourself.”
“Sue Sylvester would make the show explosive … but it might be kind of warlike, angry and violence,” she laughed. “A show with Jane Lynch would be a lot nicer and easier to digest."
With production under way on Glee’s third season, Lynch reiterated that the season would focus more on the kids and their intimate relationships and upcoming graduation.
“With graduation looming ahead, it’s not just working for sectionals, regionals and nationals; it’s what these kids will be doing with their life,” she said.
Lynch also denied speculation that The Glee Project winner(s) would be a nemesis for Sue, saying that as of the third episode, she was yet to see any evidence of such a story line.
The Emmys air Sunday, Sept. 18 on Fox. Glee’s third season premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 on Fox.