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October 21, 2009



North Hollywood, CA, Aug. 30, 2007 Alec Baldwin, Stephen Colbert, Marcia Cross, Jon Cryer, Ellen DeGeneres, America Ferrara, Tina Fey, Joely Fisher, Brad Garrett, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Julia-Luis Dreyfus and Kyra Sedgwick have been confirmed as presenters for the 59th Primetime Emmy® Awards, telecast executive producer Ken Ehrlich announced today.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol"), the show will broadcast live from the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 16 (8:00-11:00 ET live/ PT tape delayed) on FOX.

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of network executive Jack Donaghy on NBC’s "30 Rock," has earned him a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

Baldwin has received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, a Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, and a Academy Award nomination in 2004 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the feature film “The Cooler.”

His other film credits include "The Departed," "The Good Shepherd," "The Hunt for Red October," "Miami Blues," "Prelude To A Kiss," "Malice," "The Shadow," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Heaven's Prisoners," "Ghosts of Mississippi," "The Edge," "Pearl Harbor" and "The Cat in the Hat." Baldwin's production company, El Dorado Pictures, has co-produced the Emmy-nominated miniseries "Nuremberg" and the feature film "State and Main."

Baldwin received a Tony nomination for his work opposite Jessica Lange in "A Streetcar Named Desire," which also garnered him an Emmy nomination for the television adaptation in 1996.

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert is the host and executive producer of Comedy Central’s "The Colbert Report," which has earned him a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

“The Colbert Report" has received Primetime Emmy Awards in 2004, 2005 and 2006 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. 

Colbert's other on-camera appearances include Columbia Pictures "Bewitched," guest appearances on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and NBC's "Law and Order: Criminal Intent." He was a cast member and writer on ABC's "The Dana Carvey Show," wrote for "Saturday Night Live" and was the voice of Ace on the SNL animated series "The Ambiguously Gay Duo."

In his upcoming book, I AM AMERICA (And So Can You!) (October, Grand Central Publishing), Colbert voices his opinions on all things American as loudly in print as he does on air.

Marcia Cross

Marcia Cross can currently be seen on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” as Bree Van De Kamp. Cross received a Primetime Emmy Nomination in 2005 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and three Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Comedy.

Cross has a background in theater, television and film. On stage, Cross has performed in “La Ronde,” “Twelfth Night” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Prior to “Desperate Housewives,” she starred in the WB’s “Everwood” and FOX’s “Melrose Place.” She also guest-starred on “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” “Ally McBeal,” “Spin City,” “The Garry Shandling Show,” “King of Queens,” “CSI,” “Profiler,” and “Touched by an Angel.”

Cross’ film credits include “Living in Fear,” “Always Say Good-bye,” “Dancing in September” and “Bad Influence.”

Jon Cryer

Jon Cryer has recently earned his second Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series as Alan Harper on CBS’ “Two and a Half Men,” which has earned a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Cryer made his directorial debut in the fourth season of the series and has recently wrapped production on the feature film “Tortured,” a crime thriller opposite Laurence Fishburne. Cryer’s television credits include CBS’ “The Famous Teddy Z,” Fox’s “Getting Personal,” ABC’s “Partners” and “The Trouble with Normal.” 

He has appeared in numerous films for both major and independent studios that include “No Small Affair,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “Hot Shots!”

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is the host of the syndicated talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which has received twenty-one Daytime Emmy Awards.  The show, currently set to begin its fifth season, won six Daytime Emmys, including Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2007.  

DeGeneres hosted the 57th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2005 which marked her third time hosting the show. In addition, DeGeneres has also hosted the 79th Annual Academy Awards. In 2004, her HBO special "Here and Now," was nominated for two Emmys. 

From 1994 to 1998, she starred in ABC's "Ellen" and received The People's Choice Award in 1995, two Golden Globe nominations, two Screen Actors Guild nominations and Emmy nominations each season for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

In 1997, DeGeneres was the recipient of the coveted Peabody Award as well as earning a Primetime Emmy for writing the critically acclaimed Puppy Episode when her character came out as a gay woman to a record 46 million viewers.

Other television credits include executive producing and starring with Sharon Stone in the Emmy nominated “If These Walls Could Talk II” for HBO, “Larry Sanders Show,” for which she received another Emmy nomination.

America Ferrera

America Ferrera stars as the title character in the new ABC series “Ugly Betty” for which she received her first Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

In addition to her nomination this year, she has also received a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance for a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress-Television Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie as well as a 2007 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout.

Ferrera will next be seen in “Under the Same Moon” for Fox Searchlight in March of 2008.  She recently wrapped production on “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” set for release in August of 2008.

Other film credits include Ken Kwapis’ “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” Catherine Hardwicke's “Lords of Dogtown” and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival entry “How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer,” written and directed by Georgina Riedel.

Tina Fey

As writer, executive-producer and star of NBC’s “30 Rock,” Tina Fey has received Primetime Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Liz Lemon and for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

Prior to creating "30 Rock," which has also received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, Fey completed six seasons as head writer, cast member and co-anchor of the "Weekend Update" segment on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Fey also received a Primetime Emmy Award in 2002 for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.

She’s a two-time Writers Guild Award winner for her writing on "Saturday Night Live." Fey expanded to feature films in Spring 2004 as both a screenwriter and an actress opposite Lindsay Lohan in "Mean Girls," which earned her a nomination for a Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2005.

She has recently completed shooting the film “Baby Mama,” alongside “SNL’s” Amy Poehler, and is currently taping season two of “30 Rock.”

Joely Fisher

Joely Fisher can be seen on FOX’s comedy “’Til Death,” as Joy Stark, wife to Eddie Stark, played by Brad Garrett.  She received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Paige, the ambitious Hollywood executive on the Emmy Award-winning comedy series, "Ellen." 

Two seasons ago, Fisher joined the cast of “Desperate Housewives” in the recurring role of Felicity Huffman’s unapologetic bitch boss. Fisher also portrayed “Zoe Busiek” for two years in “Wild Card,” her first dramatic series. She starred opposite John Goodman in “Normal, Ohio” and in the teen parody from Darren Starr, “Grosse Pointe.” 

Her recent turn as Sally Bowles in “Cabaret,” both on Broadway and in the national touring company, earned her rave reviews for her “pipes and presence.”

Brad Garrett

Brad Garrett was the recipient of an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Robert on CBS' Emmy® Award winning series "Everybody Loves Raymond," in 2002, 2003, and 2005. 

This role earned him five Emmy nominations as well.  Currently starring on FOX's comedy "Til Death," opposite Joely Fisher, Garrett has also starred as Jackie Gleason in the CBS film "Gleason" for which he earned an Emmy nomination in 2002 and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in 2003 for Outstanding Actor in a Movie or Minis Series.

He has also appeared in HBO's “Don King: Only in America,” “George B,” with David Morse, which was a finalist at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, “Suicide Kings,” with Christopher Walken, Showtime's “Clubland,” with Alan Alda, and director Woody Allen's “Sweet & Lowdown,” with Sean Penn and Uma Thurman. 

Garrett has also lent his voice to a number of animated films including giving life to Fatso, the ghost in the 1995 feature “Casper,” Dim, the rhinoceros beetle in "A Bug's Life” and Bloat the blowfish in  “Finding Nemo, both films from Pixar/Disney.”

He has also guest hosted "The Late Show" for a sidelined David Letterman.  His most recent credits include Disney’s “The Pacifier,” Warner Bros., “Music and Lyrics,” Neil Simon’s Broadway show “The Odd Couple,” Fox’s “Night at the Museum,” Pixar’s animated film, “Ratatouille,” and Disney’s “Underdog.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus received a Primetime Emmy Award in 2006 for her portrayal of Christine Campbell on CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine," which has earned her another Primetime Emmy® Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Her portrayal of Elaine Benes on the NBC series "Seinfeld," was recognized with a Primetime Emmy Award in 1997, a Golden Globe award, five Screen Actors Guild awards, and four American Comedy Awards during the show's nine-year run. 

Her other television credits include a recurring role in 2003 on Fox's "Arrested Development," NBC's 2002 real-time sitcom "Watching Ellie," and the TNT animated film "Animal Farm."

Louis-Dreyfus' feature film credits include Pixar's "A Bug's Life," Woody Allen's Academy Award-winning "Hannah and Her Sisters," and "Deconstructing Harry," Rob Reiner's "North," Ivan Reitman's "Fathers' Day" and "Jack the Bear" with Danny DeVito and Gary Sinise. 

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt portrays Melinda Gordon on CBS’ drama series, “Ghost Whisperer.” She most recently appeared in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Garfield” and “Garfield 2: A Tale of Two Kitties;” and LoveSpell Entertainment’s “The Truth About Love” and “If Only.”

Her television credits include ABC’s Original Movie “The Audrey Hepburn Story” and “Party of Five.”  Her career has been linked to such films as “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” and “Can’t Hardly Wait.”

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick’s role on TNT’s “The Closer” as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, has earned her another Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In the same role, she’s recently received a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama.

She has received three Golden Globe nominations, two Screen Actor Guild nominations and two Independent Spirit Award nominations. 

This fall, she can be seen in "The Game Plan" alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.  Sedgwick's film credits include "Loverboy" directed by Kevin Bacon, "The Woodsman,"  "Phenomenon," "Born on the Fourth of July," and "Singles." 

Her television appearances include Showtime's "Caveweller," HBO's "Something the Lord Made," and TNT's "Door to Door."  In addition, Sedgwick has appeared in theatre productions of "The Exonerated," "Twelfth Night," "Ah Wilderness" and "Oleanna."

The 59th Primetime Emmy® Awards is being produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures LLC and is presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer; Renato Basile and Danette Herman are the producers; Herman also serves as the executive in charge of talent.  Bruce Gowers will direct.

Visit to the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards area for more awards information.

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About the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was founded in 1946 just one month after network television was born. It is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of telecommunications arts and sciences and to fostering creative leadership in the telecommunications industry. In addition to recognizing outstanding programming through its Emmy® Award, the Television Academy publishes Emmy® Magazine and stages many industry-related programs, services and year-round events for the television community.

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