Emmy Awards Ceremony Postponed Due to Writers and Actors' Strike
For the first time since 2001, the American television award, Emmy, has been postponed due to the ongoing strike involving writers and actors, as reported by Variety.
The 75th award ceremony was initially scheduled for September 18, 2023. However, the Television Academy of the USA and the Fox channel, responsible for broadcasting the event, have been engaged in negotiations for several weeks. In an attempt to reach a compromise, the ceremony might take place in January 2024. The final date is expected to be announced in August.
The last time the Emmy Awards were rescheduled was in 2001, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the start of military operations in Afghanistan. The ceremony was eventually held on November 4 that year.
The writers' strike has already led to the suspension of daily talk shows, halted production of most series for the fall TV season, and caused delays in high-budget film projects. If the actors' strike continues, it will practically bring the filming of other movies and series to a standstill.
It is worth noting that among the Emmy nominees is the interview of popular American host David Letterman with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, recorded in the Kyiv metro in October 2022. At that time, the "Maidan Nezalezhnosti" station served as a protective underground bunker, where press conferences and other important events took place. David Letterman took a challenging journey to Ukraine for this interview and became one of the few well-known celebrities to risk visiting the capital, which was under constant rocket attacks by Russian military criminals.
The Emmy Awards, an American television award, annually celebrates the best television productions in numerous categories. However, a few of them are traditionally considered the most popular. This year, 163 series applied for the "Outstanding Drama Series" nomination, 95 contenders for "Outstanding Comedy Series," and 51 submissions for "Outstanding Limited Series" or "Outstanding Anthology Series."
A notable piece of history is that the last double strike of actors and writers in Hollywood occurred in the 1960s when Ronald Reagan led the Screen Actors Guild. In late June, over 1000 actors, including Meryl Streep, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lawrence, Constance Wu, and Ben Stiller, signed a letter to the leadership of the Actors' Guild, declaring their readiness for a strike.