Cedric the Entertainer marked his first time as Master of Ceremonies for the Emmy Awards.
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With the coronavirus pandemic still in full swing, the Emmy Awards will break with tradition again.
Since 2008, the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles has been the prime venue for the annual television awards, but this year the ceremony will take place at LA Live’s Event Live Deck, a space that offers indoor and outdoor venues for production.
A socially distanced audience sitting means that only about 500 guests will attend Sunday’s ceremony compared to several thousand years earlier, Maury McIntyre, president of the Television Academy, told Variety.
Participants will follow strict Covid-19 protocols throughout the ceremony that mimic the safety measures put in place on Hollywood plates. This includes testing all participants, who need vaccinations and making sure everyone wears a mask when they are not in the room, Frank Scherma, president and CEO of the Television Academy told Variety.
These mandates are similar to those instituted at previous awards ceremonies.
The show will also feature several satellite events that the television broadcast will be cut off when necessary. The cast and producers of the Netflix show “The Crown” are holding their own Emmy ceremony in London, much like the team behind “Schitt’s Creek” did during last year’s broadcast. Other shows that will be video conferencing at the ceremony include “Top Chef” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.
With the younger audience, the Television Academy plans to put participants at tables and serve food and drinks. Typically, this event takes place in a traditional theater, with the audience lined up.
“We want to do two things at once, make sure we have a safe environment for everyone who attends the show, but also, get out of the typical theatrical situation,” executive producer Reggie Hudlin told Variety.
“We’re relaxed,” he said. “We’re going to sit at the tables. We drink a little, we do a little bit of teasing. That’s how we understand that it makes the maximum fun both for the viewers and for the people who are nominated. We’re going to have several stages, we’ve got screens.” projection. We have chandeliers. And so we’re going to make it look like a fun and entertaining party that you want to go to. “
Alongside guest Cedric the Entertainer there will be several musical performances, he said.
“We really want to give people a show,” Hudlin said. “There will be a lot of music. But the most important thing is to hear from the winners, to hear their heartfelt testimony, to hear their humor, to feel their joy.”
The 73rd annual Emmy Award takes place Sunday, September 19 at 8 pm ET on CBS.