A “pajama-party” type “virtual” Emmy awards night

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The feeling is like a bunch of giddy teenagers looking forward to a pajama party with friends.

Gone are the dashing tuxedos, the glittering gowns, some out of this world, and so are the biggest stars of the boob tube walking down the red carpet amid a flurry of flashing cameras. They won’t be around this year, definitely.

The first big award show in Hollywood will be hugely different this year, in a world still reeling on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of packing the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, stars and the nominees for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will just watch–and receive–their awards right at their own homes or wherever they may be.

Late-night talk show icon Jimmy Kimmel is tasked to host the awards, happening on September 20, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Superhero drama “Watchmen” got the most number of nominations with 11, followed by “Succession,” a satirical comedy-drama series, with 10. The proceedings will be broadcasted from an empty theater in Los Angeles, which is still under strict lockdown.

In a letter sent by Kimmel and Emmy executive producers, it read “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 says, in part. “This year, it’s still going to be TV industry’s biggest night out… but we’ll come to you!”

The letter further read “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.’”

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