I just heard this from reliable Hollywood Guild sources. As you know, both the Writers Guild and the Directors Guild publicly protested this stupid decision by the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences on grounds it violated their longstanding agreements for the Emmycast. I’m glad ATAS came to its senses despite the pressure it received from the networks. The statement follows:
“The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and CBS will present all 28 awards during the live telecast of the 61st Primetime Emmy® Awards. No award categories will be time shifted.
‘This decision was made to mend relationships within the television community and to allow executive producer Don Mischer to focus his full attention on producing the creative elements in the telecast,’ said Television Academy Chairman-CEO John Shaffner in making the announcement.
‘Our goal is to celebrate the year in television, honor excellence and this year’s great achievements with the support of our industry colleagues and our telecast partner, CBS.'”
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