NBC announced Tuesday that it would air this year’s Primetime Emmys on Monday, August 25. The ceremony will air live coast-to-coast for those who can be tempted inside on a summer’s eve.
This shift from the usual late September slot is not a surprise given that the last two times that the Peacock net’s turn came up on the wheel, it also moved the kudocast back to August so as not to conflict with its ratings hit “Sunday Night Football.”
However, in a real headscratcher, NBC is airing the Emmys on a Monday … because of an NFL pre-season game on the Sunday night.
Why not just air the Emmys on a Monday in September then?
You have to go back to 1976 to find the last time that the Emmys aired on a Monday — and that was when the awards were in late May to coincide with the end of the regular TV season.
Sure, the Oscars used to air on Mondays but even this granddaddy of awards shows moved back to Sunday in 1999 as the number of TVs in use is significantly higher.
The Creative Arts Emmys are set for Saturday, August 16. No worries about low viewership for these awards as they only air in a tape-delayed edited version on Reelz.
In 2006, NBC used the Emmys to showcase Conan O’Brien while it put Jimmy Fallon in the spotlight in 2010. The logical choice this time around would be Seth Myers, who takes over Fallon’s gig as host of “Late Night” this spring.
He hails from “Saturday Night Live,” which used to dub its cast as the “Not Ready for Primetime Players.” That moniker makes him the perfect host for this year’s Emmys.