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Postponed for several months due to strikes by Hollywood screenwriters and actors last year, the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards will finally be held Monday evening.
The Emmys come just over a week after the Golden Globes, which also include televised honors. And just like at these awards, HBO’s dynastic comedy-drama, “Succession,” is poised to dominate.
It’s unclear, however, how many people will actually see this happen. Viewership for the Emmy Awards has tended to decline over the years – the most recent ceremony, in September 2022, attracted a record audience of 5.9 million people on a night where the awards show had little competition. This year’s Emmys will compete against an NFL playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and live coverage of the Iowa caucuses.
Emmy producers hope to attract viewers with homages to classic TV shows such as “The Sopranos,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “I Love Lucy.” Perhaps others will be curious about how and to what extent the ceremony will address last year’s SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes.
Or maybe not – we’ll find out Monday night. If you’re one of those interested, here’s what you need to know.
What time does the show start and where can I watch it?
The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. Eastern at the Peacock Theater in downtown Los Angeles and will be broadcast on Fox.
Unlike last week’s Golden Globes, there is no official streaming partner. Viewers can use streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, or Fubo. All require subscriptions. The show will be available Tuesday on Hulu.
Before the ceremony, E! will air a pre-red carpet show hosted by Laverne Cox and comedian Heather McMahan, beginning at 5 p.m. ET, and live footage from the red carpet, beginning at 6 p.m.
Anthony Anderson, best known for his role on the ABC sitcom “black-ish,” will host the Emmys for the first time. The pressure on Anderson will be even greater than usual after the heavy criticism leveled at comedian Jo Koy over his Golden Globes monologue last week.
Which represent ?
Artists presenting awards include Jason Bateman, Quinta Brunson, Ken Jeong, Joel McHale, Pedro Pascal, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Jodie Foster, Taylor Tomlinson, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Jon Hamm.
Who votes for the awards?
The Emmys are presented as an awards show based on peer recognition. Television professionals can apply to be part of the Television Academy, which has 20,000 members in 31 peer groups representing different professions in the television industry. Each peer group votes only in categories relating to their specific domain.
What was the eligibility period for these scholarships?
Because this awards show was postponed in response to writers’ and actors’ strikes, some of the awards ceremonies Monday night were created 19 months ago. Shows eligible for the 75th Emmys must have aired between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023.
What’s new this year?
Since this is the 75th awards show, the Emmys are leaning toward nostalgia, with multiple reunions of beloved past series. Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt will be together on stage to honor “Cheers”; Lorraine Bracco and Michael Imperioli will pay tribute this week to “The Sopranos”, created 25 years ago. There will also be tributes to “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Martin,” “I Love Lucy,” “All in the Family” and “The Carol Burnett Show.”
Who is nominated?
The “Succession” finale aired in May, and these Emmys will likely be the show’s big farewell. Eight actors from the cast are nominated for awards, including Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook and Matthew Macfadyen – all of whom won Golden Globes last week – and the series itself is favored to win best drama.
The comedy categories could be a little more competitive. The final season of “Ted Lasso,” which won best comedy at the last two Emmy Awards, was not as well received as its predecessors. So “Abbott Elementary” and “The Bear” both have a chance this year.
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” has won Emmys seven times in a row, but this year, that show is moving into a new category: scripted variety, where it will now rival “Saturday Night Live.” That means another late-night host — Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah and Jon Stewart are all nominated — will win a stellar talk series this year.
What to watch out for?
It will be interesting to see what, if any, references are to last year’s SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. Several writing awards will be given out, and there’s a good chance someone will use his victory speech to comment on labor issues in Hollywood.
As for world politics, candidates and presenters might look for opportunities to comment on the war between Israel and Hamas. Last week’s Golden Globes were relatively quiet in that regard, although a few attendees, including actors J. Smith-Cameron and John Ortiz, wore yellow ribbons to show support for the hostages held by Hamas.