While we don’t know for sure who will emerge victorious at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, we know some things for certain: Someone will make an uncomfortably long acceptance speech, host Jimmy Kimmel will step out of his jammies and into a tux, and there will be some Emmy stunts that really work and some that really don’t.
As is the case with any scripted awards show, the Emmys sometimes find televised gold with a stunt (such as Jimmy Fallon‘s Gleeful opening number, Melissa McCarthy‘s crowning glory, and Ellen DeGeneres‘ swan dive into our hearts and funny bones, pictured) or can be met with a dreadful thud. (See: The Emmytones, reality star appearances, the quintuple hosting disaster of 2007.) Here’s to hoping the Sept. 23 broadcast finds its place in the former rather than the latter. Until then, we’ll just hold our breath and take a look back at the best and worst Emmy stunts ever.
The Emmys air live on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8 PM ET on ABC.
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