Speeches given voice at Emmys
Change is overrated, according to the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences: Org has reversed plans to cut acceptance speeches from several Emmy categories this year.The TV Academy board of governors reinstated the thank yous, as expected (Daily Variety, Aug. 5), at Monday night’s meeting. TV Acad made waves earlier this year when it attempted to freshen up the Emmycast by shifting several awards — including TV movie and mini, as well as writing and directing categories — to the earlier Creative Arts ceremony. But when the guilds balked, a compromise was reached: Winners in those categories (as well as specials and variety/music/comedy series) wouldn’t say thanks onstage but would prepare a short video to run as they grabbed their Emmy. However, incoming executive producer Ken Ehrlich felt that it didn’t work with “the production logistics and elements of the primetime telecast,” the TV Acad said in a statement. Ehrlich and the org realized that the videos wouldn’t shave off 20 minutes of award time, as suggested. “What we found was that some of the initial assumptions were not accurate in light of the way the show was being constructed,” the TV Acad said. “The amount of time saved was not as much as originally thought and the costs incurred would be in excess of original projections.” This year’s 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards telecast airs Sept. 18 on CBS.