Broadcaster Fox and the TV Academy have postponed the 75th Emmy Awards ceremony. The event was originally planned for September 18.
This decision comes amid the ongoing writers’ and actors’ strikes in Hollywood, which have caused significant challenges for the industry.
In the largest walkout in 60 years, the members of the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild are on strike. This means that those who belong to these unions are unable to work or participate in any publicity activities, including attending awards shows, reported BBC.
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As per the report by Variety, the first to break the news, the vendors responsible for the event have been notified about the postponement. However, an official announcement regarding the delay is still pending.
Not only the Primetime Emmys but also the Creative Arts Emmys will be affected by this change. The Creative Arts Emmys were initially planned to occur on September 9 and 10.
Emmys postponed for the first time since 2001
This is the first time the Emmys have been postponed since 2001. Back then, the telecast date was pushed twice due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the initial military action in Afghanistan.
As a result, the Emmy ceremony was held in November and took on a more subdued tone, taking place in a smaller venue, the now-demolished Schubert Theatre in Century City, according to Variety.
The specific date for the rescheduled Emmy Awards has not been confirmed yet, and it is expected to be announced in early August.
Amidst the ongoing WGA & SAG-AFTRA strikes,
The 75th Primetime #Emmys won't be aired on 18th September!
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The previous reports by Variety indicate that Fox is aiming to broadcast the show in January 2024, while the TV Academy preferred a November date.
If the January date is chosen, the Emmys will coincide with the film awards season and other guild awards that honor shows under a different eligibility period.
However, with the ongoing strikes by the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild, and no resolution in sight, even a November ceremony might be too soon for this year’s event.
Therefore, January is considered a safer option to ensure a successful and stable ceremony, reported Variety.
The Television Academy aims to keep the Phase 2 calendar intact
Last week, the TV Academy issued a statement expressing its desire for a fair and prompt resolution in the ongoing guild negotiations, much like the rest of the industry.
They are closely monitoring the situation together with their partners at Fox. They have promised to provide updates as soon as they become available.
The Television Academy has confirmed that it will maintain its Phase 2 calendar as planned. This means that the final-round voting for the 75th Primetime Emmys will occur from August 17 to August 28, ending at 10 p.m. PT.
However, due to the strikes, the nominated actors and writers won’t be able to participate in the Phase 2 campaigning.