Meyers takes over hosting duties from "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the ceremony last year when it aired on CBS. They're big shoes to fill — the telecast drew its largest audience in eight years with 17.6 million viewers.

Perhaps the exposure could bring a boost to "Late Night with Seth Meyers." The talk show, which has had Meyers at the wheel for about two months, has averaged about 1.6 million viewers.

"Seth is such a talented performer and writer, and we know he will bring something unique to hosting the Prime-time Emmy Awards," Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and chief executive of the Television Academy, said in a statement. "We are also excited to welcome Don back this year and very much look forward to their collaboration as we celebrate television's biggest night during one of the most transformative years in Television Academy history."