CBS Moves Emmy Awards Back to Sept. 20

Jun 17, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards have been moved back to their original airdate, Sept. 20, on CBS.

CBS and the TV Academy previously announced that they were moving up the awards show to Sept. 13 because of a NFL doubeheader scheduled for Sept. 20 that could go over into "60 Minutes" at 7 p.m., pushing back the Emmy broadcast.

To broadcast the Emmy Awards as close as possible to the 8 p.m. start time, "60 Minutes" is planning a flexible broadcast following the late afternoon NFL game.

"After we announced plans for September 13, MTV informed us they were locked into the same day for the Video Music Awards, with venue and sponsorship agreements in place. We had the flexibility to move; they didn’t," said Jack Sussman, executive vice president of specials, music & live events for CBS Entertainment. "It’s best for the industry and the audience that these events not compete against each other. Huge thanks to the Television Academy and Don Mischer for quickly moving mountains to make this happen. If the Emmy broadcast has as much excitement as the scheduling of the date, viewers are in for an unforgettable event."

Stephen Friedman, general manager of MTV, added: "We appreciate CBS and the Television Academy taking on the mammoth task of moving such a huge event as the Emmy’s to accommodate the Video Music Awards. Now audiences will get to experience two phenomenal nights of entertainment."

–Vlada Gelman

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