2023 Emmys reportedly won't be taking place anytime soon
Los Angeles, California - The 2023 Emmy Awards will be postponed due to the ongoing Hollywood strikes, according to new reports.
The ceremony was supposed to take place in September, but now it could be pushed as far back as January 2024, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Variety said "vendors, producers and others involved with the event" have already been informed of the delay, which has not yet been officially announced.
A source familiar with the plans told AFP that a new date for the show has not yet been set.
Hollywood's actors and writers are both currently on strike, in the first industry-wide walkout for 63 years.
Stars would not be able to attend the Emmys if the actors' strike was still in effect at the time of the ceremony – a development that would be disastrous for television ratings.
Writers would also not be allowed to script a monologue or jokes for the telecast's host and presenters.
Television Academy and Fox disagree on new Emmys date
According to reports, Fox – this year's Emmy Awards broadcaster in the US – has been pushing to delay until January, giving the strikes longer to be resolved.
The Television Academy, who vote for and host the awards, preferred a shorter postponement, as January lands the Emmys right in the middle of Hollywood's packed film award season.
Neither Fox nor the Television Academy has commented.
The last time the Emmys were delayed was in 2001, when the ceremony was postponed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The Hollywood strikes have essentially shut down all US movie and television productions, with limited exceptions such as reality and game shows.
Members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) are barred from promoting their movies and series.
The unions' demands have focused on dwindling pay in the streaming era, and the threat posed to their careers and future livelihoods by AI.
Nominations for the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced earlier this month, just hours before talks between studios and SAG-AFTRA collapsed, with Succession leading the way on 27 nods.
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