Kristin Chenoweth Tapped to Host TCA Awards

The Emmy winner will emcee the ceremony, set for Aug. 5 at the Beverly Hilton.
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Kristin Chenoweth is poised to take a very different stage this summer.

The Tony- and Emmy-winning actress has been tapped to host the 33rd annual Television Critics Association awards. The annual ceremony is set for Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Beverly Hilton, where the semi-annual tour is held for a two-week period as broadcasters, cable networks and streamers present new and returning fare.

Chenoweth, who currently is on Starz's epic fantasy drama American Gods, joins an impressive list of TCA hosts that includes Jaime Camil, James Corden, Conan O'Brien, Bryan Cranston and Ellen DeGeneres, among others.

“Throughout her unprecedented career, Kristin Chenoweth has carved a lasting legacy as an entertainment powerhouse and trailblazer. She is the perfect choice to host this special evening, honoring a season that has truly been a landmark year for women in television,” said TCA President and THR contributor Amber Dowling. “The Television Critics Association is proud to have an actress of her caliber leading the night’s festivities, as we come together to celebrate 33 years of the TCA Awards.”

Added Chenoweth: ”I hope the TCA Awards are ready, because I’m about to bring a whole lot of flair and fun to the evening’s proceedings. As a performer, I know how important collaboration is when it comes to crafting something that will entertain people, and make them laugh, and cry, and think. I’m so honored to be hosting this great event that celebrates those talented folks who work so hard to make the great shows that we all love to watch.”

In addition to her breakthrough Broadway roles in Wicked and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Chenoweth has enjoyed a long career on TV that includes acclaimed series such as The West Wing, The Good Wife, Glee and Pushing Daisies, for which she won an Emmy. She's also released six studio albums as well as a 2009 memoir. 

This isn't her first time as emcee. She co-hosted the 2015 Tony awards with Alan Cumming.

Last year's top winner at the TCA Awards was The People v. O.J. Simpson, which took home three trophies.