Cedric the Entertainer marking his first time as emmy master of ceremonies.
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As the coronavirus pandemic still rages on, the Emmy Awards will once again break with tradition.
Since 2008, the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles has been the premier venue for the annual television awards, but this year the ceremony will take place at LA Live’s Event Deck, a space that features indoor and outdoor venues for the show. production.
Socially remote audience seats mean only around 500 guests will attend Sunday’s ceremony, up from several thousand in previous years, Television Academy president Maury McIntyre told Variety.
Attendees will follow strict Covid-19 protocols throughout the ceremony that mimic security measures put in place on Hollywood sets. This includes testing all participants, requiring vaccinations and making sure everyone wears a mask when not in front of the camera, Frank Scherma, chief executive officer of Television, told Variety. Academy.
These mandates are similar to those instituted during previous award ceremonies.
The show will also feature several satellite events to which the broadcast will be cut if necessary. The cast and producers of Netflix’s “The Crown” are hosting their own Emmy show in London, just like the team behind “Schitt’s Creek” did on last year’s telecast. Other shows that will be videoconferenced at the ceremony include “Top Chef” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.
With a smaller audience, the Television Academy plans to seat attendees at tables and serve food and drink. Typically, this event takes place in a traditional theater, with spectators seated in rows.
“We want to do two things at the same time, to make sure we have a safe environment for everyone who is attending the show, but also, to get out of the typical theatrical kind of situation,” executive producer Reggie Hudlin told Variety.
“Let’s be relaxed,” he said. “Let’s sit at the table. Let’s drink a little, nibble a little. That’s how we thought it would make the maximum enjoyment for the viewers and the nominees. We’re going to have multiple stages, we’re going to have screens. of projection. We’ll have chandeliers. And so we’ll make it look like a fun, chic party you want to go to. “
Alongside host Cedric the Entertainer, there will be several musical performances, he said.
“We really want to put on a show for people,” said Hudlin. “There will be a lot of music. But the most important thing is to hear the winners, to hear their sincere testimony, to hear their humor, to hear their joy.”
The 73rd Annual Emmy Awards take place Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Read Variety’s full report.