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As Emmy Season Hits Pause, Here Are the Unanswered Questions



The exhibits have been screened, panels attended, activations skilled, voting secured and the final free shrimp eaten. And now… we await January. Probably the most uncommon Emmy season in latest reminiscence now breaks for a prolonged pause because the Oscar awards calendar takes over and faces a few of the similar limitations because the TV Academy confronted with simultaneous WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

Usually, after all, the top of voting on Aug. 28 would have been adopted by Tv Academy peer group cocktail events, the Inventive Arts Emmys in early September, after which a week-long litany of shindigs main as much as the principle Emmys ceremony — together with Selection’s annual showrunners’ dinner celebration, which (and maybe I’m biased right here) is all the time my favourite occasion of all the gantlet.

That’s all on pause for now — nicely, apart from the Inventive Coalition, which nonetheless plans to carry its 2023 Tv Humanitarian Awards on Sept. 14. As a non-profit unaffiliated with the studios, that org can nonetheless invite expertise regardless of the strikes, and possibly didn’t wish to wait till January to lift funds for its applications supporting the humanities.

However past that, this yr’s Emmy outcomes stay below lock and key with the TV Academy accountants till Jan. 6 and seven (for the Inventive Arts Emmys) and Jan. 15 (for the primetime ceremony). A number of issues we all know: Fox is broadcasting the Emmys (with FXX airing an edited model of the Inventive Arts exhibits), it’s as soon as once more on the Peacock Theater (previously the Microsoft) at L.A. Reside and Jesse Collins Leisure has taken over as producer. However past that, a number of questions linger.

Who will host? In a earlier column, I recommended “Community” alums Ken Jeong, Joel McHale and Yvette Nicole Brown get the gig. Fox didn’t have a number the final time it aired the Emmys in 2019; this time I determine the community would wish to faucet a few of its inner stars — and each Jeong and McHale seem on a number of Fox sequence. Different Fox choices may embody Will Arnett (“Lego Masters”), David Spade (“Snake Oil”) and Gordon Ramsay (nearly each Fox cooking present). But it surely’s uncertain a remaining choice shall be made till post-strike(s).

Will evening two of the Inventive Arts Emmys battle with the Golden Globes? The Globes beforehand introduced a Jan. 7 ceremony, and evening two of the Inventive Arts Emmys has been slated for a similar evening. TV Academy insiders imagine the overlap shall be minimal, as evening two of the Inventive Arts Emmys principally focuses on unscripted fare, whereas the Globes doesn’t. However there’s additionally the query of whether or not the Globes may have a broadcast accomplice at that time, and if that’s the case, whether or not that community will wish to shift its date.

Who will signify the TV Academy? One awkward factor about transferring the 2023 Emmys to January is that chairman/CEO Frank Scherma’s time period expires on the finish of the yr, and there shall be a brand new Academy chief at that time. Scherma’s tenure was already prolonged by a yr as a result of pandemic, however after 5 years, his time has drawn to a detailed. Nonetheless, we all know the reply to this one. Per the Academy, as a result of the 75th Emmys was performed below his watch, Scherma will nonetheless seem on the Jan. 15 telecast — in what shall be his remaining act as chairman/CEO.

Will there be Emmy events? In 2001, after the Emmys was postponed twice within the wake of the 9/11 assaults, the studios and networks scrapped the after-parties — and as a substitute, there was only one post-ceremony celebration, dubbed the “Unity Ball.” After all, that was throughout a somber interval, when it appeared gauche to rejoice. This time, the trade could wish to mark the post-strike return to enterprise with a number of blowouts. Or, on the flip facet, the Governors Gala could also be sufficient, as a four-month-delayed Emmys could really feel a bit anticlimactic at that time. In any case, with loads of post-strike catchup on their plates, attendees could wish to forgo the pomp and circumstance and head dwelling early for work the subsequent day.

• What concerning the Daytime Emmys? The Nationwide Academy of Tv Arts & Sciences is behind this one, which has been on maintain since June. It’s beginning to get too late to consider this yr’s present, which occurs to be an enormous anniversary: The fiftieth version. In July, NATAS CEO Adam Sharp advised me that by the top of the yr, a Daytime Emmys occasion would possibly intervene with subsequent yr’s present: “We usually put out the preview of categories in December and open for entries in January,” Sharp says. “So, if we get past the holidays, we’re into the next competition cycle. Once we start getting to the holiday season, the window somewhat closes for rescheduling. Otherwise, we’re getting closer to the next show than we were to the last one… We think there is still some window there in the mid fall. But it’s narrowing. And it’s concerning.” Maybe NATAS will wind up having to pair a downsized Daytime Emmys with the Youngsters’s & Household Emmys ought to it not occur till December.

• Is there an opportunity the Primetime Emmys could be canceled? Appears not possible. The Emmys are celebrating its seventy fifth anniversary this yr, an enormous milestone that comes with numerous advertising alternatives. Wouldn’t it finally be downsized to a press convention or luncheon if that January date comes with out strike resolutions? Maybe. But it surely’s in all probability a protected wager {that a} telecast received’t transfer ahead sans stars just like the embarrassing 1980 Emmys. That also moved ahead regardless of a SAG strike that saved all however one actor — Powers Boothe — from attending. That was greater than 40 years in the past, when the TV viewing choices have been so slim that audiences would nonetheless watch a star-free awards present. They completely wouldn’t do this now.

• Will HBO’s “Succession” dominate? This one’s simple. Sure.

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