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Joshua Jackson appears in a promotional photo from Fringe. - Provided courtesy of Bad Robot / 20th Century Fox

Joshua Jackson and Melissa McCarthy to announce Emmy Award nominees

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06/16/2011 by Olivia Allin

Joshua Jackson ("Fringe") and Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly") have been chosen to announce the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Jackson and McCarthy will join John Shaffner, chairman of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, to make the announcement on Thursday, July 14 at 5:40 a.m. PT, the group said in a statement posted on its website.

Jackson plays Peter Bishop on Fox's Sci-Fi mystery series "Fringe." He is perhaps best known for his role as Pacey Witter in the popular '90s series "Dawson's Creek," which also starred Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams and James Van Der Beek. The actor will also star in the upcoming movie "Lay the Favorite" opposite Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

McCarthy stars on CBS' No. 1 new comedy series "Mike & Molly" and recently appeared opposite Kristen Wiig in the comedy feature "Bridesmaids." She also played Sookie St. James on the popular WB series "Gilmore Girls" and Dena on the sitcom "Samantha Who?"

Jane Lynch, who is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester on the FOX musical comedy "Glee," will host the awards ceremony.

"I am tickled pink to be hosting the Primetime Emmys on Fox," Lynch said in a statement provided by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. "I'm looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit."

Lynch won the "Best Supporting Actress" Emmy last year for her portrayal of Sylvester, a snarky cheerleading coach, in "Glee." She was previously nominated for her guest spot on CBS' "Two and a Half Men." Lynch also took home a Golden Globe award this year for her role on "Glee."

"Jane was my first - and only - choice as the host for this year's Primetime Emmys, and I am glad she said 'yes,'" said first-time Emmys executive producer Mark Burnett. "She has incredible comedic timing, and is a charismatic, talented actress whose energy leaps off the screen and stage. I am thrilled and excited to have her as our host."

Lynch's Emmys gig will mark the third time a woman has hosted the ceremony alone. Ellen DeGeneres did the honors in 2005 and Angela Lansbury hosted in 1993.

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, September 18 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX from L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

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