LOS ANGELES - After rolling out the red carpet Wednesday morning in anticipation of Sunday's Emmy ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel warned he's planning a prank on folks not watching the show.
"I have an idea for a prank, and if it goes well, will be great," the first-time Emmy host teased after ceremoniously unraveling the red carpet. "If it goes badly, it won't be so great. I think it will go well. If you're watching, you'll be in on it. If you're not, you might get caught up in the prank."
Kimmel, whose "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" received its first nomination for outstanding variety series this year, is looking forward to seeing what TV stars look like out of costume Sunday.
"There's certain shows you watch, like 'Game of Thrones' for instance, and you see these people in their medieval fantasy garb," Kimmel said. "I don't know what these people look like in real life. I'm kind of anxious about it. I want to see the kid who breast feeds his mother. That's who I want to meet most of all."
For the fifth year, the show will be held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The massive red carpet - more like a red sidewalk, really - will canvass the entire plaza across the street from the Staples Center for Sunday's TV extravaganza.
"I think that you're going to see a fresh point of view on the television industry, the year in television and some trends in television, which is going to be coming from Jimmy Kimmel," said Emmy executive producer Don Mischer.
"I think his point of view is unique and quite distinctive. There will be irreverence and humor - a lot of humor."