ABC, TV Academy Nearing Decision on Fate of Emmys Telecast – Variety


The Tv Academy and ABC are getting nearer to saying how this yr’s Emmy Awards will likely be offered. Insiders affirm that there will likely be extra readability on the telecast by subsequent month.

Usually by this time, an Emmy producer could have already been employed, with plans underway for the September telecast. A number can be often introduced by this level — aside from final yr, however that’s as a result of the 2019 Emmys wound up going with out one in any respect.

In fact, this yr’s Emmy plans, like the whole lot else, have been sidetracked by the COVID-19 pandemic. That led the TV Academy to push again the first-round voting interval to July and the nominations announcement by two weeks, to July 28. However the precise Primetime Emmy awards remained scheduled for Sept. 20 — and the occasion continues to be shifting ahead, as deliberate.

Rob Mills, ABC’s senior VP of various, specials and late evening, confirmed to Variety that the present will go on, however says there’s no replace on the telecast simply but, “aside from they’re going to occur not directly form or kind, however we now have somewhat bit of time. As a result of we now have the profit of time, it’s a lot simpler to determine it out. I don’t know what they’ll appear like, however they’ll occur.”

Mills famous that not like the query going through the Academy Awards, given the closure of theaters throughout the nation and the cancellation of movie festivals that often function a street to the Oscars, there’s no challenge of whether or not there will likely be a scarcity of content material to acknowledge. (Fairly the other, really, on this period of Peak TV, the place there’s arguably too many exhibits for the restricted quantity of nomination slots.)

“The [Motion Picture] Academy has had a more durable time as a result of film theaters are shut down and so they’re determining how options are going to be launched,” Mills stated.

“The Emmys are nonetheless going to occur,” Mills stated, “However we nonetheless don’t know what they’re going to appear like as a result of we simply don’t know the place the winds are going to blow within the subsequent few months.”

Certainly, it’s unclear what TV occasions will appear like by September, because the nation is already slowly stress-free stay-at-home rules. As Variety reported on Thursday, MTV is drawing up plans to broadcast its annual Video Music Awards on Aug. 30 from Brooklyn’s Barclays Heart. The way it plans to do this is unclear, however it’s an indication that producers need to broaden the scope of productions within the coming months past the principally at-home distant packages which have been the staple of quarantine TV.

Extra instantly, most upcoming award exhibits are nonetheless relying extra on celebrities and others collaborating from their properties, together with the upcoming distant Daytime Emmys this June 26 on CBS, a digital version of the BET Awards on June 28, and a particular version of ESPN’s ESPYs on June 21.

ABC has had lots of expertise in distant telecasts, together with “American Idol” (which was produced from 45 totally different places when it returned with its digital editions final month), “Jimmy Kimmel Stay” from Kimmel’s home, and two totally different “Disney Sing-A-Lengthy” specials, the second of which featured extra elaborate results than the primary.

Given his place as ABC’s late evening host, Kimmel might very properly take the helm of this yr’s Emmys, both from his home or a closed soundstage, relying on what the present winds up doing. Whether or not the Emmys would transfer ahead with telecasting from its regular Microsoft Theatre location appears unlikely proper now — however once more, loads can change earlier than September, and MTV’s daring VMA try would possibly set off others to do one thing comparable.

It’s additionally unlikely that such a ceremony would happen in entrance of an viewers, as Hollywood notables aren’t more likely to be able to rub shoulders at that time. “I believe we’re all fairly used to being in our sweatpants and I believe it might be very exhausting to think about getting all dressed up,” stated one producer.

Whoever winds up internet hosting the present — together with the presenters becoming a member of in, both at a socially acceptable distance or through digital means — should strike the suitable tone for the evening. However producers contacted by Variety additionally agree that they suppose an Emmy telecast might come on the proper time to each function a communal, digital gathering (maybe with a charitable part) and a method to have a good time the leisure, and the individuals who made these packages, that helped get everybody by means of these tough occasions.

“I’d think about that like my household, loads of different households are watching TV collectively in a manner that they haven’t shortly,” stated one producer. “Suppose of the sort of optimistic issues that TV has introduced us in phrases of not simply leisure but additionally info, and the way it’s one thing that folks have relied on. It does really feel like that’s one thing that may very well be tapped into for the ceremony as properly… It might focus extra on what we’ve all been by means of reasonably than simply the traditional celebration of TV.”


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