Mon. Aug 3rd, 2020

Primetime Emmy Producers Promise ‘Cutting Edge’ Approach To Virtual Awards

In a move that should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, the 2020 Emmys are officially going to be a remote affair. 

The Sept. 20 show is a looming reality, now the nominees are excited — so to calm any concerns before they came up, producers (which includes host Jimmy Kimmel) sent out a letter to some of those nominees assuring them that they aren’t expected to show up at the Microsoft Theatre. 

“At a time like this, we’re taking the opportunity to create a moment that is more relaxed, more entertaining, more enjoyable not only for you, but for the millions watching at home,” reads the note.  “We are assembling a top notch team of technicians, producers and writers to work closely with Jimmy Kimmel and with you and your team, to make sure that we can film with you (and loved ones or whomever else you choose to be with) at your home, or another location of your choice.”

The letter comes not only as phase two of Emmy voting is set to get underway but as cases of COVID-19 continue to hit new highs in Los Angeles County — there was of holding the Emmys in person. As neither ABC nor the TV Academy have confirmed plans for the show, and producers are said to still be juggling a few options for how it will go down, there are still quite a few moving parts. To that end, producers assured different technologies would be employed to make sure the telecast has a glossier look than the Zoom specials of early quarantine.   

Without a red carpet, the 2020 Emmys will also likely have a considerably different dress code. The letter addressed that as well. “Our informal theme for the night is ‘come as you are, but make an effort,'” it reads. “If you want to be in formal wear, we’d love that, but equally if you’re in the UK and it’s 3am, perhaps you want to be in designer pajamas and record from your bed.”

The 2019 Emmys hit an all-time audience low of just 6.9 million viewers, so the unconventional nature of this ceremony could very well boost interest — that and the fact that, come September, the options for new TV are going to be pretty slim. 

Neither The TV Academy or ABC could be immediately reached for comment.
The news was first reported by Variety.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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