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Emmy Awards will be virtual and live on Sunday; producers expect things to go wrong

Emmy Awards will be virtual and live on Sunday; producers expect things to go wrong
Posted at 3:15 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 19:08:32-04

The Emmy Awards will be held live, and socially distanced, Sunday night to celebrate excellence in the television industry. It will be the first big Hollywood event broadcasted live amid the pandemic.

Jimmy Kimmel will host from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Other celebrities taking part include Morgan Freeman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, D-Nice, Patrick Stewart, Jason Bateman, Laverne Cox, Abbi Jacobson, RuPaul and Oprah Winfrey.

Rather than using taped segments or elements like other awards shows this year, the Emmys will be using 130 cameras in 20 cities in ten countries to achieve a live show.

Some of the nominees will be participating from home, surrounded by friends and family.

Show producers are not expecting things to go smoothly, telling CNN Kimmel will be available throughout the night to “jump in as soon as anything goes wrong," producer Reginald Hudlin said.

And what will Kimmel do? “If something happens technically, I will be touching upon all the skills I’ve acquired over the course of my life. I know one magic trick. I can kind of juggle. I guess I could draw caricatures of the crew,” Kimmel told The Hollywood Reporter.

The 72nd Emmy Awards will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.