The Television Academy is adjusting the eligibility and voting deadlines for this year’s Primetime Emmy calendar in response to concerns made by TV communication executives and awards strategists in the current coronavirus climate.
The dates for the Creative Emmy Awards and Primetime Emmy shows remain unchanged respectively on Sept. 12-13 and Sept. 20, and will only be moved should state and national safety directives deem them to be, should the coronavirus worsen.
This morning’s big changes involve the entry deadline moving close to four weeks from May 11 to June 5, and the Phase one voting period jumping from June 15-29 to July 2-13 with the new nominations announcement date being July 28 instead of July 14. The Phase one period thus shrinks from 15 days to 12 days.
Phase 2 voting, which was originally set for Aug 17-31, will start slightly later, and shave off four days, now occurring between Aug. 21-31.
Also being extended is the eligibility date for hanging episodes for regular series and limited series, as the TV Academy takes into account production and programming delays. Now, all hanging episodes must broadcast or post on an accessible platform by June 30, instead of May 31. Both regular and limited series must still premiere by the end of this year’s eligibility date which remains May 31. A minimum of six episodes continues to be required for a show to be qualified in the series category. A limited series in its entirety must air or post on a platform before June 30, and if it doesn’t, then the limited series will qualify in the 2020-2021 Emmy year.
Meanwhile, all TV Academy FYC events “whether with a live audience, streaming or recorded for posting on a viewing platform” per the org remain suspended for the current Emmy season.
In recent weeks, the TV Academy appeared to be standing firm on their original voting and eligibility dates. However, TV publicists and Emmy campaign strategists reportedly voiced their reservations about promoting too heavily and too soon, thus wanting to exercise a greater degree of sensitivity in a spring that’s been rocked by COVID-19: Many productions have shut down, leaving many out of work, and the whole atmosphere across the nation is rather dour as we all self quarantine. Emmy season has traditionally been decked with glam marketing, billboards, food trucks, stunt events, big DVD boxes and soirees. Earlier this year, to tame some of that, the TV Academy banned DVD mailers to voters, and in doing so, favored online screeners. The hope here with the TV Academy’s tweaking of the FYC calendar is that we’ll be on the other side of the curve in regards to coronavirus, and in a lighter-spirited environment. Between the entertainment capitals, New York City currently counts 23K COVID-19 cases and 365 deaths as of yesterday while Los Angeles counts 1,2K cases...
Former The Great British Baking Show host Sue Perkins is trading baked goods for the Brazilian Amazon. The British TV presenter and comedian is taking the wheel for a Netflix travel documentary show that will take her on a journey through Latin America.
Deadline reports that Sue Perkins will be journeying through the Latin American countries of Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil for a new Netflix travel show under the working title Perfectly Legal. The travel documentary series will be produced by British production company Rumpus Media, which makes travelogues like The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan, in the company’s first commission for Netflix. Filming has already taken place on the series, though it’s not yet clear if that will be delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Perkins is a well-known U.K. comedian and TV personality, often presenting as a duo with Mel Giedrove, but she is probably best known to viewers in the U.S. as the host of The Great British Baking Show. As one of the original hosts alongside Giedroyc, Perkins helped launch the sweet-natured baking show to global acclaim, especially after it landed on Netflix. But Perkins and Giedroyc both departed the series in 2016 and were subsequently replaced by Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.
But baked confectioneries aren’t the only thing that Perkins knows. On the other side of the pond, Perkins is well known for her BBC travelogues, hosting solo travel adventures such as The Ganges With Sue Perkins and last year’s Japan With Sue Perkins, both made by Welsh producer Folk Films. But with Perkins’ greater global name recognition thanks to Netflix, there could be more anticipating heading into this new travel documentary series.
Perkins’ travel show is the latest travel documentary series coming to Netflix, which has released dozens of travel docuseries, mostly related to food. David Chang’s Ugly Delicious has proven to be a big hit, while Netflix has proven it could produce National Geographic-level nature documentaries with Our Planet. Judging by Perkins’ past BBC travelogues, her new series likely won’t involve food, but audiences may have an expectation for that element with her connection to Great British Baking Show.