Jason Alexander has it on good authority that his job as co-host of the People’s Choice Awards on Sunday is unlikely to have a big payoff.
“My good friend Jerry Seinfeld had the greatest quote, and it’s so true. He said these things are a no-win situation: If you really screw it up, you’re a complete jerk. If it goes brilliantly, all you get is they ask you to do it again,” Alexander said.
He’ll share the adventure of hosting with Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who stars with Alexander in the new CBS sitcom “Listen Up.”
Scheduled presenters at the ceremony airing 9 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS include Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Ellen DeGeneres, Josh Duhamel, William Shatner and Prince.
Alexander (“Seinfeld”) said he and Warner (“The Cosby Show”) have roughed out an approach but know it’s the awards that count, not the hosts. Unexpected reactions from winners are welcome.
“The more spontaneous and real that these things (awards shows) become, the more memorable they are,” he said. “I think part of the burnout the audience gets with these shows, having so many of them, is they tend to be repetitive unless you get moments like that.”
There may be a side benefit for him and Warner, Alexander said.
“I’m on CBS (with ‘Listen Up’), it’s a CBS show, and with Malcolm and I doing it together it’s a wonderful chance to potentially reach an audience that hasn’t found us,” he said, adding jokingly: “Again, we could screw it up.”
The awards’ 31st ceremony will include new categories, including favorite movie, movie drama, smile and cartoon star.
Among the nominees in the film categories are “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “The Incredibles” and “The Passion of the Christ.”
Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon are up for favorite actress and George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington for favorite male actor.
The nomination and awards process, formerly based on a national poll, has been revised to be compiled by Entertainment Weekly, the People’s Choice production team and pop culture fans. The public chose the winners online.