It's Official: The 2023 Emmys Has Been Postponed to January 2024 Due to Hollywood's Strikes

With writers and actors currently on strike, America's big annual TV awards has been pushed back four months.
Sarah Ward
August 11, 2023

If Pedro Pascal wins an Emmy for The Last of Us, how charming will his speech be? From its whopping 27 nominations, how many trophies can the final season of Succession collect at Hollywood's TV night of nights? What will Jennifer Coolidge say when she beats out three of her co-stars from The White Lotus season two for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award? You'll now find out in January.

Hollywood's big television celebration usually takes place in September, and has already announced its 2023 nominees. But, as expected since late July, this year's Emmys will delay anointing a new round of winners. Due the current film and TV industry strikes, with both writers and actors downing tools, the awards ceremony for the small screen-centric accolades has been postponed.

The new date, as announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and FOX (which will air the event): Monday, January 15, 2024 in the US, which is Tuesday, January 16, 2024 Down Under.

Accordingly, the entertainment industry's beginning-of-the-year awards rush will get even busier next year. When a new annual calendar ticks over, the Oscars, Golden Globes and more hand out their latest round of gleaming trophies, celebrating films and TV shows that've shone bright over the prior 12 months — and now the Emmys will join them.

2023's awards were due to take place on the night of Monday, September 18, 2023 in the US, which is Tuesday, September 19, 2023 in Australia and New Zealand. If the strikes are still ongoing on that date, however, actors and writers can't attend the ceremony — not the red carpet, nor the awards themselves — meaning that the bulk of the televised accolades wouldn't be able to be accepted by their recipients. Also, the shindig would look mighty empty.

Cue the move to reschedule, holding off until the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers comes to an agreement with SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America. The Television Academy and FOX clearly hope that a January delay will be long enough.

When the ceremony is held, the Emmys will likely give HBO plenty of love. In this year's nominations, the US cable network scored a massive 74 nods for just three series: Succession, The Last of Us and The White Lotus.

TV's best case of family feud earned recognition for almost every actor who appeared in its fourth and final season in leading, supporting and guest roles. In the Best Actor category alone, Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong and Kieran Culkin are going head to head. The most spectacular game-to-screen adaptation yet nabbed 24 nominations in total, while vacation chaos brought about 23 nominations. The other show that racked up a comparable tally? Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso with 21 nods.

Similarly in the running: everything from Andor, Better Call Saul, House of the Dragon and Yellowjackets (all in the drama fields) to Abbott Elementary, Barry, The Bear, Only Murders in the Building and Wednesday (the comedy categories), plus the likes of Beef, Daisy Jones & the Six and Fleishman Is in Trouble (limited series) as well.

Hollywood talents are fighting against diminishing residual payments for performers, and to establish firm rules about the future use of artificial intelligence in the industry, among other improvements to working conditions. When they took action in mid-July, SAG-AFTRA's members joined their counterparts in the Writers Guild of America, who've been striking since May.

The current strikes are affecting film releases, too, with Australian crime-thriller Force of Nature: The Dry 2 already ditching its planned August date with cinemas given that star Eric Bana a member of the striking SAG-AFTRA.

It's also been rumoured that big blockbusters such as Dune: Part Two, Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom and The Colour Purple might also delay their releases, including until 2024; however, none have officially shifted their dates as yet.

The 75th Emmy Awards will take place on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, Australian time. Check out the list of 2023 nominations, and head to the Emmys' website for further details.

Published on August 11, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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