The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, to be held on 22nd September, are following the latest trend of going hostless, similar to the Oscars earlier this year. Previously, the Emmys ceremony went hostless in 2003. So what can viewers expect from the major award shows without anyone to deliver an introduction? Without the traditional opening act, there will be an additional 20 minutes for the actual presentation of awards and therefore no need to rush the last few awards due to time constraints, as has happened previously. This also gives room to any unexpected happenings during the show.
In the 2018 ceremony, Emmy winner Glenn Weiss took everyone by surprise by proposing to his girlfriend during the broadcast. While the audience enjoyed the surprise and could not stop talking or tweeting about it, this also led to a seven-minute delay in the actual show.
Emmys’ producer, Guy Carrington, has commented on the benefits of going hostless this year, “The presenters will do more than a little bit of patter and then throw to a nominations package. We had a discussion very early about getting into the awards as quickly as possible. You have a host, and it can be a bit hit or miss. It’s a lot of time before you give out the first award, and the awards are what we’re there for. We’re there to celebrate the content and the people who make it. We made a conscious effort to focus on that.” With 27 awards to be distributed, the ceremony will have more time for what the viewers actually want to see, who wins and who loses, and will spend more time saluting the various TV shows that ended this year. Moreover, the producers will be dividing the broadcast into five parts, with each part focusing on one of the genres being recognised at the ceremony.