The 73rd Emmy Awards has an airdate: CBS and the Television Academy announced Tuesday that this year’s Emmys will air live on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET (which is 5 p.m. PT). The ceremony will air on CBS as well as on demand on sister streamer Paramount Plus.
Host(s), producers and venue for the Emmys will be announced at a later date, however. The Television Academy also still has to decide how to handle this year’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and whether it will be held over multiple nights like last year, or return to the previous setup of taking place over two nights the weekend before the primetime ceremony.
A lot can happen in the world between now and September, which is why CBS and the TV Academy will likely wait a beat before determining if it will be safe to return the Emmys to some sort of normal event. Last year, ABC aired a mostly virtual Emmys, with host Jimmy Kimmel and a handful of presenters inside the Staples Center, and most nominees and winners dialing in remotely.
CBS has no shortage of host possibilities for this year’s Emmys, starting with late night hosts Stephen Colbert and James Corden. Expand the net to other ViacomCBS properties and that could also include Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah or Showtime’s Desus & Mero. CBS also has “The Equalizer” star Queen Latifah, who’s no stranger to hosting. And that’s just top of head.
The Academy scored strong marks for its semi-virtual Emmys telecast last September; the org also spread the Creative Arts Emmys winners out over a five-night online event hosted by Nicole Byer. Variety recently spoke with Academy president/COO Maury McIntyre about how this year’s For Your Consideration events will work; read that here.
The TV Academy’s 2021 calendar as well:
June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021 Eligibility period for Emmy entries
February 11 Online entry process begins
March 31 Deadline to apply for membership to guarantee voting eligibility for both rounds of the 73rd Emmy competition and for members to secure member entry fee discount. This date also applies to former members. Application must be completed and paid in order to qualify.
April 6 Deadline for current voting members to apply for hyphenate voting status
May 13, 6 p.m. Entry deadline for ALL entries that were originally presented 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM, June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021 (including hanging episodes); upload deadline for all entry materials
June 17 Nominations-round voting begins
June 28, 10 p.m. Nominations-round voting ends
Tuesday, July 13 Nominations announced
July 27 Deadline for errors and omissions to the nominations
August 13 Final-round videos available for viewing
August 19 Final-round voting begins
August 30, 10 p.m. Final-round voting ends
September TBD Creative Arts Emmy Awards and Ball
September 19 CBS Telecast and Governors Ball
(All dates are subject to change.)