The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the entertainment industry as we know it following shutdowns and practicing social distancing guidelines, causing nearly all media productions postponed or canceled for 2020. Despite many major entertainment events being canceled, the Emmy Awards plan to go on with a live show on September 20.
The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted live by Jimmy Kimmel one of the biggest, unprecedented virtual award show production spanning over 10 countries with 138 stars from 114 locations. The Emmys will be taking safety precautions that they’ve made abundantly clear with their teaser trailer.
One of the promos for the Emmys states, “On TV’s biggest night, we’re not take any chances,” to promote social distancing. In the TV promo Jimmy Kimmel jokes, “How will we pull it off this year? I don’t know.”
— ABC (@ABCNetwork) September 9, 2020
The Emmys wanted to make this awards event safe for production and participants with the host Jimmy Kimmel presenting live from the Staples Center without the red carpet and audience. The Emmys organizers provided a team of producers, technicians, and writers to work closely with event participants to be filmed at home or another location of choice with close loved ones.
The Emmy Awards will air on ABC on Sunday, September 20 and you can check out all the nominees here.