The TV academy and NBC confirmed that the 70th annual Emmy Awards will take place on September 17, 2018 and air live coast-to-coast beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. While that is the same calendar date as this year’s ceremony, these upcoming awards will take place on a Monday, rather than the traditional Sunday. That is because the peacock network airs highly-rated NFL football games on Sunday. The last time NBC had the Emmys was in 2014 and these also were on a Monday, albeit in August.
With the date of the 2018 ceremony set, we can hazard a guess as to the timeline for the run-up to the awards. This year balloting began online on June 12 and ran for a full two weeks until June 26 (in 2016, voting ran from June 15 to June 27). Entrants will have until May 1 to submit all the required information.
All 21,000 plus voting members of the TV academy can cast nomination ballots for program nominations (save for animated documentary/nonfiction which are restricted to their peer groups.) Voters may select up to 10 programs per category. Unlike the Oscars, Emmy voters do not rank their choices and nominees are determined by a simple tally. There will be seven nominees in each of Comedy Series and Drama Series and six in the rest.
Emmy nominations will likely be announced at the TV academy’s headquarters in North Hollywood on or about July 13; last year’s big reveal was on July 14. The final round of voting is likely to begin online on or about August 14 and again runs for a full two weeks until Aug. 28; the 2016 two-week voting period began Aug. 15.
It is all but certain that the Creative Arts section of the Emmy Awards will once again be split into two ceremonies which will take place on September 8 and 9.