CBS and the Television Academy announced Tuesday that the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, September 19 at 5pm PT/8pm ET. The ceremony will air on CBS as well as on demand for the first time on the network’s new streamer Paramount+.
Much remains to be known about the ceremony, potential hosts (although CBS has no shortage of Emmy hosts with their late night lineup) or the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which last year was a five-night event hosted by Nicole Byer instead of two. Last year, 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards under ABC were the first major awards show to produce under the pandemic and was largely seen as a success, with host Jimmy Kimmel and a sparse number of star presenters inside the Staples Center, and most nominees and winners at home with the now hilarious hazmat suited trophy holder outside of potential nominees’ houses. The Golden Globes, which just aired this last weekend, a full five months after the Emmys, was mostly seen as a failure of style and production.
Recently, the Emmys had decided to combine the Variety Talk and Variety Sketch categories into one but backlash from the late night talk show set made the Television Academy do an about face. This came with the sweeping new set of rules last year that turned the total number of nominees in multiple categories – including acting and the variety – into a sliding scale based on number of submissions. As a result, last year’s Variety Sketch Show had only three nominees.
The Television Academy’s 2021 calendar of key dates and deadlines:
June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021
Eligibility period for Emmy entries
Online entry process begins
Deadline to apply for membership to guarantee voting eligibility for both rounds of the 73rd Emmy competition and for members to secure member entry fee discount. This date also applies to former members. Application must be completed and paid in order to qualify.
Deadline for current voting members to apply for hyphenate voting status
May 13, 6pm PT
Entry deadline for ALL entries that were originally presented 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM, June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021 (including hanging episodes); upload deadline for all entry materials
Nominations-round voting begins
June 28, 10pm PT
Nominations-round voting ends
Tuesday, July 13
Deadline for errors and omissions to the nominations
Final-round videos available for viewing
Final-round voting begins
August 30, 10pm
Final-round voting ends
Creative Arts Emmy Awards and Ball
September 19, 5pm PT
CBS Telecast and Governors Ball
(All dates are subject to change.)
Photo courtesy of The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment