“None of us have ever done anything on this scale before,” said producer Reginald Hudlin with his show partner, Ian Stewart, comparing the process to “trying to watch 1
The expectation is that not everything will go smoothly and that Kimmel will be available all night to “jump in as soon as something goes wrong,” Hudlin said. “We will essentially make things right as they progress … We are open to the X-factor and are in partnership with all of these nominees.”
Having the nominees attending from home – in some cases surrounded by family – will add a degree of intimacy to the procedure. As Hudlin noted, people invite these programs into their homes to consume them, and “Now we get to go into their homes.”
During a Zoom call with journalists, the producers also acknowledged that they were aware of the tone and wanted to celebrate the best work done on television, while acknowledging the unorthodox nature of this year’s awards and what’s going on in the world. This includes fires that have clouded the air in Los Angeles from which prices will originate.
“The fire crisis we are facing is bigger than our small price show,” Hudlin said, adding Stewart, “We are not tone deaf. We try to do the show on the basis of many things going on in this country. “
Recently announced talent participating in the broadcast includes Jason Bateman, Sterling K. Brown, Laverne Cox, “Sesame Street”‘s Count Von Count, Morgan Freeman, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, D-Nice, Randall Park, RuPaul, Patrick Stewart and Jason Sudeikis. HERE also presents a live performance under the “In Memoriam” segment.
The 72nd Emmy Awards will be broadcast live at 20 ET on September 20 on ABC.