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  • Writer's pictureJamal Saafir

Emmys Postponed Due To Writers/Actor Strike

As reported by The Guardian, the 2023 Emmys, the award show that honors and recognizes artistic and technical merit for the American and international television industry, will likely be postponed this year. The show was originally scheduled for September 18th, 2023 but could now be postponed until January of 2024 due to WGA/SAG-AFTRA strikes involving Hollywood writers, actors, and actresses.

According to The Guardian, Fox is anticipated to soon declare that the 75th Emmy Awards will be postponed until January 2024 due to the continuing writers and actors strikes in Hollywood.

Fox, which is broadcasting the Emmys this year, and the Television Academy, which manages the Emmys, had deduced last month that it would have to delay the event if the writers’ strike continued until the end of July, The New York Times reported last month.

On Thursday, Variety reported that vendors for the ceremony were notified of an anticipated change of date, but not provided an exact date, while the Los Angeles Times cited an unnamed source aware of the plans, who said Fox was planning to push the telecast date to January.

The LA Times reported that the January 2024 date is depending upon a resolution to disputes between the studios and guilds before then.

Hollywood actors began striking earlier this month after discussions with studios were unsuccessful, joining film and television writers who have been on picket lines since May and increasing the disturbance of many show productions and movies.

Writers Guild of America writers are commonly recruited to script material for hosts and presenters, making it nearly impossible for the show to go on.

The postponement marks one of the largest events to be rescheduled due to labor conflicts.

If the Emmys are postponed, it will be the first time since 2001, when the 9/11 attacks took place and subsequent US military action pushed the ceremony to November.

This year’s Emmy nominations were announced two weeks ago, with Succession, The Last of Us, The White Lotus and Ted Lasso leading the nominees. But this fell 48 hours prior to the dual work stoppage being announced.

The strikes are also expected to affect the Creative Arts Emmys, which honor artistic and technical achievements in television, and were originally slated to take place on the 9th and 10th of September.

Voting for the awards is still scheduled for the coming weeks, but whether the awards will be given out as scheduled is still up in the air.

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