Emmys show to have a more serious tone

In Brief

September 28, 2001|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

Plans are proceeding for what promises to be a different kind of Emmy Awards, designed to present a more respectful, united and sober tone in the wake of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.

Emmy organizers intend to do away this year with the traditional red-carpet arrivals that showcase celebrity fashion and glamour and will probably ask those in attendance to wear business clothes instead of formal attire.

While Ellen DeGeneres remains set to emcee the awards, former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite will now open the show, talking about the American spirit in the face of adversity.

The Emmys were originally scheduled for Sept. 16, but after considerable discussion between CBS and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the event was subsequently delayed until Oct. 7.

Rumors have swirled for days of resistance to the ceremony despite the commitment by CBS and the television academy to go forward, and several studios have canceled their private parties.

Executive producer Don Mischer acknowledged that he has received input from many within the entertainment community - including certain nominees - expressing their concern about the ceremony, which he said will endeavor to emphasize "our industry coming together at a time like this."

The biggest uncertainty, Mischer said, surrounds many of those based in New York - including cast and crew members associated with HBO's Emmy-nominated programs The Sopranos and Sex and the City - who have made known their reservations about traveling at this time. While there has been discussion of providing a bicoastal element to the ceremony, via satellite, to allow those nominees to participate, no decision has been made yet.

As for the usual thank-you speeches recognizing agents and managers, he added, "I imagine that people will have different messages this year."

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