It is a brave production that forges ahead with its work while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hang over the world, particularly if said production is in the hard-hit US. What keeps these brave productions from epic failure is if they subscribe to following the long-advised health and safety protocols to help prevent the spread of the ubiquitous novel coronavirus. Then there are those live productions that would err on the side of caution by forgoing the live component of their event and just take the virtual route. The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards for 2020 is one such careful production.

Entertainment Tonight reports that this year’s Primetime Emmys will not risk COVID-19 descending on a live gathering for September, and is thus going to be virtually conducted. News came out just a day after the 2020 Emmy nominees were announced, when media outlets received a form letter from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences addressed to the nominees. The general gist is that they will not be gathering at the usual Emmy Awards venue of the Microsoft Theatre in LA. Such an eventuality was foreshadowed by the simple fact that the July 28 nomination announcement was also virtually performed.

The letter further explains that the Primetime Emmy production organizers are now putting together technicians, producers and writers to begin developing the virtual setup for the ceremony. Nominees can opt to be filmed for their segments either at their home or some other location of their choice. “We’re going to make you look fabulous,” the virtual Emmys announcement letter says. “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.” The scattered virtual networking between the various nominees and the main location will all be tied together by host Jimmy Kimmel.

Reactions from the nominees regarding the new format for the Primetime Emmy Awards have been positive thus far, as it ensures that their work on television will find a way to be recognized even if the health issues make it difficult to be conducted in the traditional fashion. “Whatever it is or shape it takes, I’m just happy to be there,” remarks Dylan McDermott (Netflix’s “Hollywood”), nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. “It doesn’t matter to me as long as there was recognition of the work.”

The date for the Primetime Emmys ceremony remains unchanged on September 20 despite going virtually now. It will of course still be broadcast on ABC.

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