July 12, 2011 11:15 AM

The good news: Mike & Molly‘s Melissa McCarthy and Fringe‘s Joshua Jackson have been tapped to reveal this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations.

Now, the bad news: despite her breakout turn in Bridesmaids, the hilarious Melissa McCarthy found herself overwhelmingly nervous. To prepare, she turned to last year’s announcer, the sharp-witted Joel McHale, for training tips.

The happy ending: McHale was ready for her, and brought it.

With a puppy … And a chicken. (See what happened here.)

Tune in for the results at 8:40 a.m. ET, 5:40 a.m. P.T., live from the Television Academy’s headquarters in Hollywood on Thursday, July 14. PEOPLE.com will have all the nominees and their reactions!

Melissa McCarthy

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