TV shows and movies were on hold due to the outbreak of the novel corona virus (COVID-19). So what happens to the Emmys? The biggest night of television is still planned – nominations were announced on July 28th – but the big event will be very different this year.
Since the last update on the Emmys website, the Emmy Awards have not been postponed or changed in any way: the ceremony is still scheduled for Sunday, September 20. The attendance window contains shows that aired between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020.
However, the Emmys will be virtual this year. "As you probably guessed, we won't be asking you to come to the Microsoft Theater in downtown LA on September 20th," Emmy producer and presenter Jimmy Kimmel said in a letter to the nominees in late July. "We put together a first class team of technicians, producers and writers to work closely with Jimmy Kimmel and you and your team to ensure that we can film with you (and your loved ones or whoever you want to be with) At home or any other place of your choice. We will make you look fabulous – we research the state of the art to use good cameras and lighting and look forward to working with you to produce your unique screen moments product. "
Red carpets are known to be crowded events. In addition, thousands of people are packed into an auditorium for several hours in a confined space. Therefore, it makes sense to hold a virtual ceremony when concerns about a possible second wave of corona viruses are considered. However, it is unclear which parts of the ceremony will take place live and whether the winners will be notified in advance.
"While ABC and the TV Academy continue to formulate plans for the Emmys show, producers have taken the proactive step of reaching out to a few nominees to inform them of our intention to deliver a live show that is both solemn and safe "said ABC and the television academy diversity in a joint statement. "We look forward to sharing information with you over the coming weeks as we solidify our plans for the biggest night of television."