First CBS moved the Emmy Awards telecast in September to avoid a conflict with NFL football. Now it’s moving the Emmys back to Sunday, September 20th, due to a conflict with MTV’s Video Music Awards. So, the Emmys will start at eightish, Eastern Time, depending on when the football game wraps up and how many minutes can be shaved off of “60 Minutes.”
“After we announced plans for September 13, MTV informed us they were locked into the same day for the Video Music Awards, with venue and sponsorship agreements in place. We had the flexibility to move; they didn’t,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music & Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “It’s best for the industry and the audience that these events not compete against each other. Huge thanks to the Television Academy and Don Mischer for quickly moving mountains to make this happen. If the Emmy broadcast has as much excitement as the scheduling of the date, viewers are in for an unforgettable event,” Sussman said in announcing the second schedule change.
“We appreciate CBS and the Television Academy taking on the mammoth task of moving such a huge event as the Emmys to accommodate the Video Music Awards. Now audiences will get to experience two phenomenal nights of entertainment,” said Stephen Friedman, General Manager of MTV.
To present the “61st Primetime Emmy Awards” as close as possible to its scheduled 8:00 pm start, “60 Minutes” (7:00-8:00 pm, ET/PT) is planning a flexible broadcast following CBS Sports’ late afternoon NFL game. The Emmys will follow “60 Minutes,” live ET, taped PT.
The “61st Primetime Emmy Awards” is being produced by Don Mischer Productions. Nominations will be announced July 16 at 5:40 am, PT from the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.