SAG-AFTRA’s strike: Emmy Awards to Get New Date

As actors and writers continue their strike against media conglomerates, the 2023 Emmy Awards will be moved from their usual September airdate.

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The 75th annual awards were scheduled to air on Fox on September 18. Although no new date has been set, sources close to the show confirm that the original date and month are no longer being considered. Ideally, the show won’t take place until SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America reach an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers — but the TV Academy and 2023 broadcaster Fox are still working out the details.

Sixteen of the 25 awards given during the 2022 Emmy telecast went to actors or writers, so had the Television Academy and Fox stuck with the Sept. 18 date, they ran the risk of playing to a largely empty audience. The SAG-AFTRA strike rules prohibit actors from doing publicity for work produced by strike companies, and an awards show would fall under this category. WGA writers also write for the host and presenters (both of whom are almost certainly SAG-AFTRA members).

The Emmy Awards have been postponed for the first time in more than two decades. In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Television Academy and CBS postponed the 2001 ceremony, which aired in early November of that year.

Phase two voting for the Emmy Awards is still proceeding as planned. Beginning August 17, TV Academy members will vote on the nominees. For the time being, it is unclear whether the 2023 Emmys will be presented in 2023.

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