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Emmys postponed, Latin Grammys canceled

Related functions also halted out of respect for the victims

Hollywood reacted to Tuesday’s terrorist attack by postponing one high-profile evening and canceling another.

Sunday’s 53rd annual Emmy Awards, which were to have been held at the Shrine Auditorium and broadcast on CBS, have been postponed indefinitely. It seems likely the kudocast will be rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 23, though no final decision has been made.

All of the pre-Emmy functions, including the performer/nominees, Directors Guild and Writers Guild receptions, have also been scrapped for now.

“At this stage it’s most important that we focus on caring for one another,” said outgoing TV academy chairwoman-CEO Meryl Marshall Daniels. “This is not a time to encourage people to fly or concentrate on celebrating.”

ATAS prexy Jim Chabin added, “The show has been put off out of respect for the victims, their families and all fellow citizens.”

While the Emmys were postponed, the second annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony, already moved for security reasons from Miami to Los Angeles, has been canceled. Event, which was also skedded for CBS, cost approximately $4 million to produce.

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences chairman Michael Greene decided to call off the awards show “due to the unimaginable events.”

The Latin Grammys had been plagued by controversy after organizers pulled the ceremony out of Miami last month amid fears that anti-Castro demonstrations protesting the presence of Cuban artists might become a significant problem.

Workers outside the arena dismantled the stages shortly after the attacks.

Delayed a week?

As for when the Emmys may be rescheduled, CBS and TV Academy officials were hopeful the event could take place Sept. 23. A comicbook convention is scheduled for the Shrine on that date, but it’s possible that event could be moved.

“Obviously the easiest change would be within a week,” Marshall Daniels said. “It becomes more challenging after that.”

She said the TV Academy was coordinating with the production team and the Eye about Emmy contingency plans.

“There’s an enormous amount of preparation that goes on in these kind of events, such as travel plans, facilities and vendors,” she said. “Since we were still a few days out, there are a number of things that can be held and stored. The challenge is that sites such as the Shrine are booked a year in advance. So we’ve got to find dates that are available.”

TV Academy chairman/CEO-elect Bryce Zabel said the show would go on, but in due time.

Window ‘left open’

“Everything has always pointed to America not letting terrorism ruin our lives, so in that respect the window has been left open,” he said. ‘We might revisit this, but we might not. It just doesn’t seem that important right now. I think we’ve done the appropriate thing.”

Other notable closings or cancellations:

  • All 23 Broadway shows, as well as all Off Broadway productions, shuttered for the evening. Box offices also closed, and most major legit producing and publicity offices orgs in the Times Square area were down for the day.

  • Tapings for “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” in Burbank and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” in New York have been canceled for the rest of the week.

  • All cable industry activities for New York City’s Diversity Week have been canceled.

  • Madonna’s second Staples Center concert was postponed.

  • The Radio & Television News Directors Assn. canceled its convention, scheduled to kick off today in Nashville.

  • Tonight’s Jewish Image Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hilton has been postponed.

  • Tuesday night press screenings in Washington, D.C., for “Serendipity” and “Happy Accidents” were postponed. Paramount Classics canceled its scheduled New York premiere tonight of Edward Burns’ romantic comedy “Sidewalks of New York.”

  • Walt Disney World and Disneyland will reopen today after closing early on Tuesday.

  • Los Angeles canceled all performances at the Hollywood Bowl and downtown Music Center.

  • AMC Theaters, Pacific Theaters, United Artists, Marcus and Mann Theaters announced theater closures.

  • The Stratosphere Casino Hotel in Las Vegas has closed its Stratosphere Tower indefinitely; the Paris Hotel did the same with its Eiffel Tower.

  • Today’s XM satellite radio launch, in San Diego and Dallas, with a party in D.C., has been canceled.

  • Next week’s Washington, D.C., premiere of the new CBS drama “The Agency,” which revolves around the CIA, has been nixed.

(Josef Adalian and Brian Cochrane contributed to this report.)

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