19 April 2024

Emmy Awards 2023 Postponed Amid Ongoing Strikes

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The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards Ceremony has been postponed due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, Variety reports. According to the publication, vendors have been notified that the ceremony will not take place on September 18th as planned. This should come as no surprise for anyone that’s been following the news surrounding the picket lines, as reports indicate that there has been little progress in resolving either strike.

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When the Emmys will occur is currently unknown; the TV Academy is reportedly hoping for a November date, while Fox (the network airing the awards ceremony), prefers a January 2024 date. Neither of these dates are set in stone, and even if they were, it remains to be seen if the strikes will have concluded by the chosen date. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, a Screen Actors Guild national executive director and chief negotiator, recently said the actors’ strike could very well go into 2024.

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The Creative Arts Emmys, recognizing technical and similar achievements in American television programming, has also been postponed from its September 9 and September 10 schedule. One thing that hasn’t changes is the Television Academy’s voting schedule, as final round voting will still occur between August 17 and August 28. While on strike, actors and writers are not allowed to promote their projects, which means campaigning will occur without the presence of actors and writers.

No host has yet been announced for the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Emmy Nominees Have Addressed the Ongoing Strikes

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>Natasha Lyonne in the nursing home in Rian Johnson Peacock series Poker Face 2023

The Writers Guild of America strike began May 2, and the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists commenced their strike a little over two months after on July 14. This marks the first time in over 60 years when both unions strike simultaneously. In 1960, the SAG-AFTRA strike went on for 6 weeks, while the WGA strike lasted 148 days. It very well seems that the ongoing strikes will last longer this time around.

Nominations for the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 12, just days prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike. As writers and actors demand better residual payments and protections against the rise of AI, the strikes seem to overshadow the upcoming awards, and were weighing heavy on several of the nominees’ minds.

Natasha Lyonne, who earned her fifth nod (and first for Rian Johnson’s Poker Face) joked that she would be ready for her win with a word-for-word reenactment of the speech delivered at the 1972’s Emmys by late Columbo actor Peter Falk, but also spoke out about the ongoing strikes:

“It is really, really dark and dystopian, frankly. I don’t know if that was the goal [with the story] or what, but certainly this is a time of needed solidarity….it just feels like, really, the thing to do would be to not be so corrupt such that you actually give the people who make the things you put on your networks fair deals.”

Taraji P. Henson, who is excited to earn her first nomination for her work in comedy (for her guest role in Abbott Elementary), shared that she was so busy following news of the then-ongoing WGA strike and pending SAG-AFTRA strike that she had failed to keep up with the nominations as they were being announced.

Stay tuned for further updates on when the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held.