Emmys To Be Held Virtually in 2020, To Feature Nominees In Their Homes
The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be an online event this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it was confirmed.
The ceremony this year will be shot from the homes of the actors across the US and this new format could lead viewers peeking inside the lives of some of their favorite TV stars.
Host Jimmy Kimmel and producers have written to Emmy award winning nominees confirming there will not be a traditional gathering in Los Angeles to celebrate television.
Executive producers wrote in a letter sent to nominees, “We are assembling a top notch team of technicians, producers and writers to work closely with Host Jimmy Kimmel and with you and your team to make sure that we can film with you and your loved ones at your home, or another location of your choice.”
The letter further read, “We are going to make you look fabulous and we are exploring the cutting edge of technology to allow using good cameras and lighting. We look forward to working with you to produce your unique on screen moments.”
The ceremony was originally to be held at Microsoft Theater. Over this the letter read, “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 the biggest night out of the TV industry, but this time we’ll come to you!”
The letter also quoted, “We’ll be producing an event that is filled with warmth and humanity, which will celebrate the power of the television industry to bring us together and to help us shape our world. You are an essential part of the story and you deserve a special there.”
Producers are still discussing and deciding various aspects of the event – like which parts of the show will be live or whether to inform winners before the show airs. Some parts of the show will be taped in advance, and the producers could fill time between awards with pre-recorded interviews of the nominees or skits.
Producers said that the world is going through a challenging situation due to the Coronavirus pandemic and it is not yet safe for everyone to assemble for an event like the Emmys.
As for the dress code, the letter said the nominees have the freedom to decide what to wear given the informal theme of the ceremony. The letter read, “If you want to be in formal wear, we’d love that, but equally if you’re in the UK and it’s 3 am, perhaps you want to be in designer pajamas and record from your bed!”
This year’s Emmy nominees were announced including Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston, and Zendaya. The letter was signed by Kimmel, as well as fellow executive producers Reggie Hudlin, and Ian Stewart, Guy Carrington and David Jammy from telecast producer Done+Dusted. The streaming services were grabbed by Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, and Quibi.
Viewers still don’t know how much will be live and how much will be pre-recorded, still they will get a sneak peek inside of celebrity homes.