The 2023 Emmys Ceremony Has Been Postponed as the Actors’ and Writers’ Strikes Continue


It’s official: the 2023 Emmys ceremony has been postponed amid the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, as confirmed by Variety. This marks the first time the Emmys have been postponed since 2001, when the show was pushed to November in the wake of 9/11. As the strikes continue, it’s unclear at this point when the awards will air, but Fox is reportedly pushing for a January 2024 date. Meanwhile, according to the publication, the TV Academy is hopeful the ceremony could air in November.

The Emmys were originally scheduled to air on Sept. 18. With the writers and actors continuing to strike for fair pay and protections against AI, it became clear the planned date would no longer be feasible. The Television Academy and Fox have not yet made an official announcement confirming the news, but vendors have reportedly been told the show will not be taking place on Sept. 18. Additionally, the Creative Arts Emmys, which were set to take place on Sept. 9 and 10, will also be postponed.

Despite the Emmys being moved, voting will go on as planned. The final voting period runs from Aug. 17 to Aug. 28. In a typical year, this period would be marked by campaign pushes, but with actors and writers prohibited from participating in interviews for the duration of the strikes, the campaign season is set to be a more subdued affair. It’s unclear how (or if) this will impact the eventual winners.

Emmy nominees were announced on July 12, just 48 hours before SAG-AFTRA members joined writers on the picket line. HBO nabbed the most nominations thanks to critically-acclaimed series like “Succession,” “The White Lotus,” and “The Last of Us.” On the comedy side, Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso,” ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” and FX on Hulu’s “The Bear” are among the buzzy shows vying for the top prize.

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