The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is hosting the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, and we have all the pertinent details to prime you for television’s biggest night. Let’s start with the basics.
What time does the show start? What channel?
The ceremony will broadcast live on NBC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. You can thank – or blame – the peacock network’s Sunday Night Football franchise for bumping the show from its usual Sunday time slot.
Red-carpet coverage on the network begins at 4:30 p.m.
Digitally, NBC will provide insider access to Emmy viewers with pre- and post-show streaming programs and “Backstage Live!, the academy’s companion program that will stream on Emmys.com and on the TV Academy’s Facebook page. Digital programming begins at 3 p.m. when PeopleTV streams the live red carpet pre-show.
Who is hosting?
“Saturday Night Live” stars Michael Che and Colin Jost will cohost the ceremony, taking over duties from Stephen Colbert, who handled last year’s duties.
The duo co-host “SNL’s” venerable “Weekend Update” segment and serve as head writers on the long-running NBC series, which is up for 21 awards this year. The telecast will be executive produced by Lorne Michaels and most of the “SNL” crew will serve on Che and Josts’s writing staff.
“I probably won’t have a clue about what I’m going to say until about 30 minutes before we go to air,” Che told The Times last month. “I haven’t heard any guidelines yet, but I don’t know that it matters anyway”
The two plan to keep things moving – and keep them light – because they’re convinced that most award ceremonies are “way too self-serious and focused on things that 99 percent of the country doesn’t care about.”
Who are the nominees?
HBO’s sprawling epic “Game of Thrones” returned this year with a stunning 22 nominations, including for drama, after missing the eligibility window for the ceremony last year. Another HBO drama, “Westworld,” followed closely behind with 21 nominations, and last year’s big winner, Hulu’s harrowing dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale,” drew 20 nominations this year.
All three series are up for the drama prize, along with Netflix’s royal drama “The Crown,” FX’s spy thriller “The Americans,” Netflix’s sci-fi homage “Stranger Things” and NBC’s tear-jerking family drama “This Is Us.”
On the comedy side, “Saturday Night Live,” “Atlanta” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” were tops with 21, 16 and 14 nominations, respectively.
FX’s “Atlanta,” Amazon Prime’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” ABC’s “black-ish,” Netflix’s “GLOW” and the HBO comedies “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Barry,” “Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” were nominated for comedy.
Showcasing the shift in TV-viewing habits, streaming giant Netflix nudged past HBO to top the nominations list with 112 nods, while HBO, the stalwart premium cable provider, earned 108. Trailing were broadcaster NBC, with 78 nominees, and cable network FX, with 50.
Cultural diversity appears to be at the forefront of this year’s show with performers of color and series produced and written by minorities scoring numerous nominations. “Atlanta,” “black-ish,” “This Is Us” and “Westworld” are among the series receiving big nods that spotlight people of color in major creative and acting roles.
Meanwhile, Sandra Oh made history in July as the first woman of Asian descent to earn an Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama series for her work on “Killing Eve.” Her nomination comes after Donald Glover’s historic win last year as the first African American to win an Emmy for comedy direction.
But didn’t they already give out awards last weekend?
Well, yes, they did. The Television Academy handed out most – but not all – of its awards at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, which doled out prizes in more than 90 categories presented over two nights.
An edited broadcast of the ceremonies will air 8 p.m. Saturday on FXX.
Spoiler alert! Last weekend’s ceremony made history when, for the first time, all four guest-acting statues went to black actors: Samira Wiley, Ron Cephas Jones, Tiffany Haddish and Katt Williams.
The second ceremony focused on nonfiction, documentary, reality and variety categories. “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” led the winning shows. Bourdain, the late chef and TV host, and Oscars producer Craig Zadan were both honored with posthumous Emmys.
And lest we forget, musicians John Legend, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber became EGOT winners as executive producers of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” joining the lofty ranks of entertainers who have won at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award.
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