Eight Awards Cut From Emmys Telecast

Sounds like there’ll be considerably less pageantry during this year’s Emmy Awards telecast.

Variety reports that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is moving to ax eight of the 28 presentations from the September 20 live broadcast, instead pre-recording them and airing the acceptance speeches during the telecast.

The change is an effort to improve the Emmys’ ratings. Aside from the Oscars, other awards ceremonies have employed similar tactics in recent years.

The categories likely to be affected include outstanding movie and miniseries; writing for dramatic series and movies/miniseries; directing for variety, music and comedy and movie/miniseries; and the supporting actor and actress awards in the longform arena.

Which means, for example, that if Mad Men should win any of the four writing awards that it’s up for, the trophies will be given out off-air.

As if writers don’t already get the short end of the stick in show-biz already…

Let us know in the comments section: Do you think these changes will help or hurt the Emmys broadcast?

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