TV shows and movies have been in a holding pattern due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, so what's happening with the Emmys? TV's biggest night is currently still scheduled to go on - nominations were announced on July 28 - but the huge event is going to look very different this year.
As of the most recent update on the Emmys website, the Emmy Awards have not been postponed or altered in any way: the ceremony is still scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20. The eligibility window includes shows that aired between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020.
However, the Emmys will be going virtual this year. "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," Emmy executive producers and host Jimmy Kimmel informed nominees in a letter in late July. "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. We're going to make you look fabulous – we're exploring the cutting edge of technology to allow to use good cameras and lighting and look forward to working with you to produce your unique 'on screen' moments."
Red carpets are famously crowded events, and on top of that, the ceremony packs thousands of people into an auditorium for several hours in close quarters, so it makes sense to have a virtual ceremony considering concerns of a possible second wave of coronavirus. Still, it's unclear what parts of the ceremony will be live and if the winners will be notified ahead of time.
"As ABC and the Television Academy continue to formulate plans for the Emmys telecast, producers have taken the proactive step of reaching out to some nominees now to inform them of our intent to deliver a live show that is both celebratory and safe," ABC and the Television Academy told Variety in a joint statement. "We look forward to sharing information with you in the weeks ahead, as we solidify our plans for TV's biggest night."