Emmy Awards will be different this year

LOS ANGELES • The Emmy Awards show in September is the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hollywood trade publication Variety on Wednesday said that host Jimmy Kimmel and producers of the Sept 20 telecast have written to Emmy nominees confirming there will not be a traditional gathering in Los Angeles to celebrate television.

"As you've probably guessed, we're not going to be asking you to come to the Microsoft Theatre in downtown LA on September 20th. This year, it's still going to be TV industry's biggest night out... but we'll come to you," said the letter, obtained by Variety.

It added that producers were planning to film nominees at home or another location of their choice.

"So, what are you wearing? Our informal theme for the night is 'come as you are, but make an effort'. 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 pyjamas and record from your bed," the letter added.

The letter gave no details about the format of the show which is usually broadcast live in front of an audience of A-list stars. ABC television, which will broadcast the show, said on Wednesday that plans were still being worked out.

The Emmy Awards is one of the few entertainment industry gatherings that have not been cancelled because of the pandemic.

Venice film festival organisers said this week that they were going ahead in early September with a slimmed down version of what will be the first major in-person movie festival in the Covid-19 era.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2020, with the headline 'Emmy Awards will be different this year'. Print Edition | Subscribe