CBS and the TV Academy had planned to air the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20th,. But then the NFL came out with its Sunday schedule, and it turned out CBS had a football doubleheader on that day. Not to mention that NBC had the mother of all football rivalries skedded opposite the Emmys: New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys. Ergo the date change to September 13th. Now, CBS and the TV Academy have changed the date yet again — BACK to September 20th. “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, Specials, Music & Live Events, 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.”
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