As the coronavirus pandemic still rages on, the Emmy Awards will once again break with tradition.
Since 2008, the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles has been the venue for the annual Television Awards, but this year the ceremony will take place on the LA Live event platform, a venue that offers indoor and outdoor venues for productions. .
Television Academy president Maura McIntyre told Variety that socially distanced audience seats mean Sunday’s ceremony will only have 500 guests, up from several thousand in previous years.
Attendees will follow strict COVID-19 protocols throughout the ceremony that mimic security measures on Hollywood sets. This includes testing all participants, requiring vaccinations and making sure everyone wears a mask when not in front of the camera, Frank Sherma, chief executive officer of Television, told Variety. Academy.
These orders are similar to those established during previous award ceremonies.
The show will also include several satellite events that the broadcast will cut off as needed. The cast and producers of Netflix’s “The Crown” are hosting their Emmys in London, just like the team behind “Shit’s Creek” did on last year’s airing. Other shows that have a video conference at the ceremony include “Top Chef” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.
With a smaller audience, the Television Academy plans to make arrangements for attendees to sit at tables and eat and drink. Typically, the event takes place in a traditional theater, with the audience seated in rows.
Executive producer Reggie Hudlin told Variety, “We want to do two things at the same time, to make sure we have a safe environment for everyone who is attending the show, but at the same time, get out of the typical theater situation. ”
“Let’s rest,” he said. “Let’s sit down to dinner. Let’s drink a little, chew a little. This is how we thought there was maximum enjoyment for the audience and the nominees. We go through so many stages, we will have projection screens. There will be ages. And so we’re going to make it look like a fun, fabulous party you want to go to. “
He said there would be several concerts with host Cedric the Entertainer.
“We really want to put on a show for people,” Hudlin said. “There will be a lot of music. But the most important thing is to hear the winners, to hear their sincere testimony, to hear their humor, to hear their joy.
The 73rd Annual Emmy Awards take place Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Read Variety’s full report.