Cedric the Entertainer celebrates his first time as Master of Ceremonies at the Emmy Awards.
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Given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Emmy Awards will again break tradition.
The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles has hosted the annual television awards since 2008, but this year the ceremony takes place on the LA Live Event Deck, a space that offers indoor and outdoor areas for the production.
Socially distant spectator seating means only about 500 guests will attend the ceremony on Sunday, compared to several thousand in previous years, Maury McIntyre, president of the television academy, told Variety.
Participants will follow strict Covid-19 protocols throughout the ceremony, mimicking the security measures found on Hollywood sets. That includes testing all attendees, requesting vaccinations, and making sure everyone wears a mask when they’re not in front of the camera, said Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of Variety Television Academy.
These mandates are similar to those introduced in previous awards.
The show will also feature several satellite events, which the broadcast will be cut to if necessary. The cast and producers of the Netflix show “The Crown” are holding their own Emmy ceremony in London, much like the team behind “Schitt’s Creek” during last year’s show. Other shows that will be integrated into the ceremony via video conference are “Top Chef” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.
With the smaller audience, the television academy plans to seat the participants at tables and serve food and drinks. Usually this event takes place in a traditional theater where the audience sits in rows.
“We want to do two things at the same time, make sure we have a safe environment for everyone to be on the show, but also, let’s get out of the typical theatrical situation,” executive producer Reggie Hudlin told Variety.
“Let’s relax,” he said. “Let’s sit at tables. Let’s have a drink, let’s nibble a little. So we figured that it would be as fun as possible for both the audience and the nominated people. We will have several stages. We’ll have projection screens. We’ll have chandeliers. And so we’re going to make it look like a fun, chic party that you want to go to. “
In addition to presenter Cedric, the entertainer will give several musical performances, he said.
“We really want to put people on a show,” said Hudlin. “There will be a lot of music. But the most important thing is to hear from the winners, to hear their sincere testimony, to hear their humor, to hear their joy.”
The 73rd annual Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Read the full report from Variety.