LOS ANGELES. – The Emmy Awards have been postponed by almost four months, organisers said, as crippling strikes by Hollywood’s actors and writers drag on with no resolution in sight.
Television’s equivalent of the Oscars had been due to take place this September, but will now be held in mid-January next year, broadcaster Fox and the Television Academy wrote in a statement.
“We are pleased to announce that the 75th Emmy Awards will now air on Monday, January 15, 2024,” said a Fox spokesman.
The Emmys are the most significant entertainment event so far to be delayed by Hollywood’s first industry-wide walkout by both actors and writers in more than 60 years.
The last time the Emmys were delayed was in 2001, when the ceremony was postponed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Due to the ongoing actors’ strike, A-list stars and nominees would not currently be allowed to attend the Emmys — a development that would be disastrous for television ratings.
Writers would also not be allowed to script a monologue or jokes for the telecast’s host and presenters.
The lengthy delay is intended to allow both sides time to resolve their differences.
The various parties have barely spoken through any formal channels since the writers’ strike began 100 days ago.
Writers Guild of America (WGA) negotiators are set to finally return to the bargaining table with studios Friday.
The far larger Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) began its own strike last month, and has yet to resume talks with studios.
Both unions are asking for better pay, and guarantees that artificial intelligence will not steal their jobs and income, among other demands.
Reports of an Emmys delay had been circulating in recent weeks, but until now the postponement had not been confirmed, nor any new date announced.
Mid-January lands the Emmys right in the middle of Hollywood’s packed film awards season.
The Emmys – set to take place on Martin Luther King Jr Day, a US federal holiday – will now take place one week after the Golden Globes, and just 24 hours after the Critics Choice Awards.
Nominations for the Oscars will be announced a week later, with the Academy Awards ceremony set for March 10. – Hollywood Reporter