Here’s everything we know about the 2021 Emmy Awards

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If you thought the Academy Awards would be the standard bearer for award shows in the future, you’d be wrong. Completely wrong. Well, maybe not so seriously, but the Emmys won’t do the old Steven Soderbergh route and not put the ceremony in a train station. We also take the price for Best Actor will not be the show’s finale, and you can pretty much guarantee Anthony Hopkins will not win— unless he’s nominated for those delicious Instagram posts, which he isn’t.

This year it sounds like the Emmys won’t be doing the entire Zoom ceremony, so don’t expect that Jason Sudekis in a hoodie like the Golden Globes. Instead, they’re moving the ceremony outside, keeping a close eye on the guest list, and hoping to protect the star-studded hosts and hard-working crew who put the show together from the ongoing pandemic.

Where can I watch it?

The Emmy awards are switching networks again. Last year, the show took place on ABC, the year before Fox. This year, CBS and everyone’s favorite streamer Paramount+ have the honor. The show airs Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m. EST. Viewers will have the option to watch the show live on CBS, stream it on Paramount+, or both — we wouldn’t want to deprive anyone of a two-screen experience.

Who is hosting?

Say goodbye to ABC golden boy Jimmy Kimmel. Instead, CBS is bringing in a business man this year: Cedric the Entertainer. The star of CBS’ The neighbourhood and one of The Original Kings Of ComedyCedric the Entertainer is a first-time presenter but a long-time Emmy watcher. He said in a statement, “Ever since I was a little boy sitting next to my grandmother, television has always been my trusted friend, so it’s a huge honor for me to host this year’s Emmy Awards.”

Where will the ceremony take place?

Unlike last year, the ceremony will take place in person, with Kimmel trapped in the Staples Center as celebrities locked in Zoom screens as an E! channel version of the Phantom Zone. But it will be outside on LA Live’s Event Deck with a limited audience. The space provides “an opportunity to take advantage of an ‘indoor/outdoor’ environment and more socially distancing seating for the public.” Per Variety, continues the Television Academy:

“While invitations have just been sent out, nominated teams of three or more are now limited to no more than four tickets per nomination. Unfortunately, this means that not all nominees will be able to attend the awards this year. We recommend that the nominated teams coordinate among themselves and determine how they will allocate their four tickets before applying.”

Has the Television Academy already announced the selection of presenters and artists this year?

Not yet. However, we will keep you informed. In the meantime, maybe imagine an Emmy ceremony where Jennifer Coolidge presents all the awards.

Who is nominated?

We immediately have a full list of the nominees here, which you can view at your convenience.

Join The AV Club

You didn’t think we’d leave you alone to look at this thing, did you? The AV Club cordially invites you to join our staff for a live blog of the ceremony. But that is not everything. And on Emmy night we will be manyking winners and losers, writing the breakout stories, and capturing the big moments on Newswire and Twitter. We’re talking snubs, flubs, cheers and whoops as only The AV Club can.

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