ABC extends Emmycast to 4 hours

Show runs from 8 to 11, plus an hourlong preshow

ABC has decided to make this year’s Emmys a four-hour affair.

The 52nd annual kudocast will now be preceded by an hourlong preshow that will air Sunday, Sept. 10, from 7-8 p.m. Statuettes will begin flying at 8 p.m. EDT, with Garry Shandling set to host (Daily Variety, June 26.)

Alphabet execs had mulled the idea of a special TV-themed edition of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” as a lead-in to the Emmys. Net ultimately decided that a four-hour kudocast made more sense, probably figuring that the awards would do fine in the ratings without ABC playing its “Millionaire” card before the official start of the new season Oct. 2.

Nominations for this year’s Emmys will be announced July 20.

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