Magazine article Variety

When the News Stole Emmy's Big Spotlight

Magazine article Variety

When the News Stole Emmy's Big Spotlight

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Will the Sept. 17 Emmys be political? Of course. That's as much a tradition as tearful acceptance speeches. But, as history shows, current events have a way of intersecting - and sometimes colliding - with the ceremony.

Sept. 17, 1978

President Carter announced a Middle East peace breakthrough from Camp David, which preempted programming on all three networks - including CBS' showing of the Emmy Awards. Carter was on camera with Israel Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for a halfhour, extending the 30th annual Emmys to four hours and four minutes. But that was OK with most attendees and viewers. Variety called the announcement more dramatic than the ceremony.

Nov. 4, 2001

It was again CBS' turn to air the Emmys when the show was postponed twice in two months. It was originally scheduled for Sept. 16, 2001, but postponed after the 9/11 attack. The new Oct. 7 target date turned out to be unfortunate: That morning, word came that the U.S. and U.K. had dropped bombs on Afghanistan. Everybody soon decided a ceremony would be inappropriate. "People were feeling that it was not a day to celebrate," said CBS topper Leslie Moonves. "It's small potatoes compared to what's going on in the real world. …

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