Jimmy Fallon takes to Twitter to ask for help with Emmy-hosting duties

Outsourcing: Emmys host Jimmy Fallon wants the public to help him write celebrity presenter intros.
Outsourcing: Emmys host Jimmy Fallon wants the public to help him write celebrity presenter intros. (Virginia Sherwood/nbc)
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By Lisa de Moraes
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

In hopes of beefing up interest in his hosting gig at this weekend's Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC's late-night host Jimmy Fallon has been dispensing exciting information about his plans to distinguish himself from past Emmy hosts.

In an Emmy-hosting first, Fallon is letting the American public write his introductions for as many as 15 of this year's Emmy presenters.

Fallon will read the tweeted introductions that he deems zippiest on our national airwaves, including the submitter's Twitter handle, as the lucky celebrity tweetee walks onstage. Some might call this plan "lazy" -- we like to think of it as "innovative." And, of course, it means instant celebrity for several practitioners of 140-character pith. While not as good as getting your own reality show, this showcase could be a start to getting your own sitcom.

The list of Emmy presenters will be posted on NBC's Web site starting Wednesday. But, to get you started scripting Fallon's last-minute material, the TV academy has announced that "Mad Men" lothario Jon Hamm, "Glee" dream rabbit Matthew Morrison, "30 Rock" single gal Tina Fey, Comedy Central shtick maestro Stephen Colbert and "The Office" creator Ricky Gervais are among this year's presenters.

"Blahblahblah says Jon Hamm is the hottest guy of all time. Here he is -- Jon Hamm," Fallon said is an example of a tweet he'd read on national TV, in an interview with the Associated Press.

Can't wait! Can you?

G4 goes on 'Bomb Patrol'

G4, the Comcast-owned cable network that works tirelessly to attract young geeky guys -- with programs such as "Attack of the Show," "Human Wrecking Balls" and "The International Sexy Ladies Show" -- has purchased 10 episodes of a program that seems unlikely for the network, because it's . . . well, serious.

"Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan," set to premiere in the spring, will follow actual members of the actual U.S. Navy as they train in San Diego to become part of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) combat platoon, and through actual missions in Afghanistan.

G4 wants really badly for you to brace for this as if it's a real-life explosive rewind of "The Hurt Locker." How badly? Here's the top of G4's announcement of the pickup:

Last year, the Academy Award-winning film "The Hurt Locker" introduced audiences around the globe to the high-pressure world of the brave men and women who diffuse [sic] and dismantle explosives in some of the most high-pressure terrorist hotbeds. However, when it comes to this specialized and incredibly dangerous military job, make believe is nothing compared to the real thing. Now for the first time, G4 will take viewers to Afghanistan with real members of the United States Navy who . . .

. . . and so on.

And, speaking of strange bedfellows, "Bomb Patrol" comes to us from Big Fish Entertainment, the same Bethesda-based production company that brings us TLC's "D.C. Cupcakes."

"Cupcakes and bombs -- that's what we're all about," Big Fish Entertainment President Doug DePriest told The TV Column.

In fairness, Big Fish is way more butch than buttercream frosting. It's also the production company behind Discovery Channel's "Monsters and Mysteries in Alaska," Planet Green's "Total Wrecklamation" and National Geographic Channel's "Need for Speed."

"Bomb Patrol" -- developed under the working title "Blast Radius," which fortunately did not stick -- is actually the Practically Perfect G4 Show, DePriest maintained.

"This is a story about guys close to the age of the young men who watch G4, and it's got a very technical aspect to it," explained DePriest, who used to be a network suit at Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications, where, his bio says, he launched World Poker Tour and "launched a minor cultural revolution which quite possibly warped the values of an entire generation."

Getting back to "Bomb Patrol":

"These guys go in using robots and all sorts of . . . technology to defuse bombs and it's got that sort of cool 'geek' element to it that fits right into [G4's] wheelhouse.

"This might seem like it might be more fitted to National Geographic or Discovery, but then you'd be reaching a much older audience," he continued.

Additionally, G4 agreed to order 10 episodes, whereas other networks Big Fish spoke to about the project were leaning toward a one-off special.

"The reality is, it's hard to get the kind of ratings for war-based stories that a lot of networks need for their prime time," he said. "They would be willing to tell the story, but not give us that kind of real estate for it.'

Howard joins ABC

Howard University is the latest school to join "ABC News on Campus" program, the network announced Tuesday. The program -- started in 2008 -- creates bureaus at universities around the country, staffed with journalism students who work with ABC News producers to report local stories, some of which are featured across ABC News platforms; many appear on ABCNewsOnCampus.com.

Candace Smith, a senior broadcast journalism major, has been named Howard University's bureau chief. Smith, who interned this summer with ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York City, also interned at Washington's Fox owned-and-operated station WTTG, writes WaPost TeamTV's Emily Yahr.

Howard University is the sixth school to become part of "ABC News on Campus," joining Arizona State University, Syracuse University, University of Florida, University of Nebraska and University of Texas.

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