Vendors for the 75th Primetime Emmys have been told that the ceremony will not air on September 18 — the first time that there has been official word that the date has been pushed, Ednews reports citing The Variety.
The news was expected, amid Hollywood’s shutdown with the writers and actors on strike. But until now, the TV Academy and Fox have kept the telecast’s originally scheduled Sept. 18 date as a placeholder. However, with that date now less than two months away, vendors, producers and others involved with the event needed to start being informed now that their services will need to be pushed. (Same for the Creative Arts Emmys, originally slated to take place on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10.)
This now marks the first time the Emmys have been postponed since 2001. That year, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks pushed the Emmy date, initial military action in Afghanistan pushed the telecast again, into November. At that point, a subdued Emmy telecast took place in a smaller venue (the now-demolished Schubert Theatre in Century City).
While an exact date has not been determined (and isn’t expected to be announced until early August), Variety has previously reported that Fox is aiming to air the show in January 2024, while the TV Academy had been pushing for a November date. January would put the Emmys right in the middle of film awards season, as well as guild awards honoring shows under a different eligibility time frame. But as the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes continue with no resolution in sight, even November may be too soon for this year’s ceremony — which is why January may now be the safer option.