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Emmy producers finally confirm 2020 awards will be virtual

The 2020 Emmy Awards are now officially a virtual event.

The show’s executive producers sent letters to key acting nominees informing them of the ceremony changes right after Tuesday’s online nomination announcements, according to Variety.

‘As you’ve probably guessed, we’re not going to be asking you to come to the Microsoft Theatre in downtown LA on September 20th,’ the letter said. ‘This year, it’s still going to be TV industry’s biggest night out… but we’ll come to you!’

While further technical details are still being pinned down for the COVID-era ceremony, the letter assured talent a ‘top notch team’ would be making sure the event – which is set to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel – goes off without a hitch.

‘We are assembling a top notch team of technicians, producers and writers to work closely with Jimmy Kimmel and with you and your team, to make sure that we can film with you (and loved ones or whomever else you choose to be with) at your home, or another location of your choice.’ 

‘We’re going to make you look fabulous – we’re exploring the cutting edge of technology to allow to use good cameras and lighting and look forward to working with you to produce your unique “on screen” moments.’

Production is still deciding which parts of the show will be live and what will be pre-recorded, meaning they are also weighing where to inform winners ahead of time or on-air.

Yesterday’s big winner was streaming giant Netflix, which beat their own record by snagging an impressive 160 nominations. That’s compared to runner-up HBO’s paltry 107 nods.

The preeminent premium cable network’s Watchmen, an innovative reimagining of a superhero graphic novel that tackled racism in America, topped single show nominations for with 26 nods.

Perennial Amazon hit The Marvelous Mrs Maisel was tops among the comedies with 20 nominations, followed by dark dramas Ozark and Succession at 18 each.

Disney Plus came out tops among the freshman streaming platforms with 19 nominations — 15 of them for the Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian.

Apple TV+ nabbed nominations for Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Billy Crudup for the platform’s flagship launch program The Morning Show.

The Television Academy’s 23,000 voting members were given a record number of entries to sift through this year — and presumably had plenty of free time to watch TV while cooped up at home due to coronavirus lockdown measures.

“I don’t know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this but we are doing it and I am hosting it,” Kimmel said earlier this month about the Emmys.

It will be his third time as the ceremony’s host.       

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