Here’s what you can expect from the 2013 Emmys

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Neil Patrick Harris isn’t just a host! He’s also an actor, Broadway star, and video game voice actor.

At the start of summer, the Academy announced Neil Patrick Harris as the host for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards. The Primetime Emmys, not to be confused with the Daytime Emmys, recognizes outstanding work on shows that air on primetime television during the hours of 6pm to 2am.

Presenting alongside Harris will be eight of television’s favorite female performers. Now, what’s so special about these ladies?! Well, to start, comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are joining forces yet again to present! Following their Emmy-nominated performance as the hosts of the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards this year, Fey and Poehler are expected to bring some of their best jokes to the stage.

Next on the list of presenters, is Kerry Washington from the political drama, Scandal, and White Collar’s Diahann Carroll. Washington has been nominated for the first time in the category of “Lead Actress in A Drama Series,” and is the first black woman since Cicely Tyson in 1995 to be up for the category. If she wins, Washington will be the first black woman to have ever won the award in that specific category!

Sisters Zooey and Emily Deschanel are also making an appearance by hitting the stage as representatives of their shows New Girl and Bones. This will be the first time they share the stage together as presenters. Lastly, Allison Janney, a four-time Emmy winner for her roles in comedy shows, will present with MOM co-star Anna Faris.

Okay, but enough about the presenters! Which two shows dominated Hollywood with the most nominations? American Horror Story (AHS) is currently in the lead with 17 nominations and is followed by Game of Thrones (GoT) with 16.

Now, despite AHS and GoT having the most nominations, Hollywood is actually raving over the Netflix exclusive House of Cards. The series made Emmy history by becoming the first digitally distributed series to earn major nominations in the categories of Best Drama, Best Actor, and Best Actress. House of Cards has nine nominations over all, and is expected to be the big winner of this year’s primetime Emmys.

This year’s Emmy Awards will be taped live at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Don’t forget to steal the TV and couch this September 22, because the Emmys will air on CBS at 5pm PST.

Featured image courtesy of Alan Light on Flickr. Neil Patrick Harris image courtesy of David Shankbone on Flickr.