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Emmys add Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Key and Peele to presenter lineup

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Viola Davis Octavia SpencerAmy Poehler once said that only the Golden Globes can bring together the beautiful people of film and rat-faced people in television, but separating the two once largely contrasting categories is no easy feat anymore.

That’s clearly because the standards of solid television have been greatly elevated of late, whereas good movies seem to be fewer and farther between than ever. As such, it’s no wonder the Primetime Emmy presenter roster increases in prestige year after year, with this month’s gala set to feature the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts or Woody Harrelson.

The trio of Oscar nominees and victors led the first wave of award-givers announced earlier this week, with a second, just as glorious batch of names hitting the interwebs yesterday.

Where to start? How about with another pair of recent Academy red-carpet walkers? Viola Davis was nommed twice in the past half decade, for “Doubt” and “The Help”, and she’ll take the Nokia Theatre stage one week from Monday before headlining the upcoming ABC procedural How to Get Away with Murder.

Meanwhile, Octavia Spencer actually took a golden statuette home back in 2012, for “The Help”, and perhaps that’s why she got a gig on Fox instead of ABC, in another fall 2014 freshman, dramedy Red Band Society.

August 25 is shaping up to be quite the busy night for Allison Janney too, who’s on the presenter list, but most importantly on the voting ballots, with good chances of prevailing in both the drama guest actress and comedy supporting actress competitions.

Also nominated and set to present, Comedy Central’s comedic duo Keegan-Michael Key/Jordan Peele, aka Key and Peele. And then you have the unjustly snubbed Andy Samberg and Sofia Vergara, the returning prodigal daughter Debra Messing, star of an upcoming NBC series called The Mysteries of Laura, and finally, Elementary’s Lucy Liu, last nominated in 1999 for Ally McBeal. Okay, now add Ricky Gervais, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, and you’ve got yourself a party, NBC.

Via [Inside TV]

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