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Seacrest to host Emmy awards show
Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest has hosted American Idol since it began in 2002
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will present America's prestigious Emmy TV Awards next month.

Hit mob drama The Sopranos is the most-nominated series with 15 bids, including the award for best drama.

Last year comedian Conan O'Brien hosted the awards, which attracted 16.1 million viewers - the second least-watched Emmy ceremony since 1991.

The prime time Emmy Awards ceremony will be broadcast on 16 September at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

As well as presenting American Idol, since it began in 2002, Seacrest also has his own radio shows.

In 2005 he was honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame for his achievements in radio broadcasting.

Best comedy

The made-for-TV movie, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, has the most nominations overall having been shortlisted for 17 prizes.

Several UK actors received nominations, including Ricky Gervais for Extras, Hugh Laurie for House, Dame Helen Mirren for Prime Suspect and Jim Broadbent for Longford.

As well as being nominated for best actor, Gervais could also pick up an award for his writing and directing.

Ugly Betty, which is up for 11 awards, will spar for the best comedy title along with Entourage and the US version of The Office.

The Emmy awards will be preceded on 8 September by a separate ceremony where guest actors and technical achievement will be recognised.

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