How to Watch the 2020 Prime Time Emmy Awards

With the country currently on fire and underwater in the midst of a pandemic and ahead of a presidential election, things like showing awards may (understandably) not be on our radar. But it’s September now, and the 72nd Emmy Awards are approaching, or rather tonight. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s event, including about how his view .

What’s going on with the Emmy this year?

As with many events during the pandemic, there will be no spectators at the 2020 Emmy Awards . This means there will be no traditional red carpet lighting, although the nominees can give us a glimpse of their home Emmy ensemble via social media. Given that they were not provided with a dress code, this could mean they had to see anything from the dresses they would wear to an event in person, to pajamas and sportswear.

How to watch the ceremony

The 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards will air on ABC at 8:00 pm ET . Jimmy Kimmel will host the three-hour event. The show will also air on and is available on demand on and on the ABC app for seven days, but both require cable logins to gain access. While there will be no free live streams of the ceremony, it will air on services like Hulu + Live TV and YouTubeTV , both of which have free trials if you absolutely can’t live without seeing three hours of Kimmel.

However, what might make the Emmy interesting to watch is that the production sounds like a logistic nightmare, which can naturally be great TV. According to CNBC :

Instead of pre-recording the segments, the Primetime Emmy decided to send 130 cameras to nominees in 20 cities and 10 countries … The nominees were sent a ring light, a laptop, a boom microphone and a camera as part of the package. The winners will give welcoming speeches and then be transferred to a virtual press center for quick press conferences with reporters.

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