Emmy Host to Go Light on Politics

Cedric the Entertainer says the emphasis will be on celebration
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2021 1:00 PM CDT
Emmys Plan More Party Than Politics
An Emmy statue stands outside the Television Academy in Los Angeles on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The Emmy Awards will be held in a tent Sunday night instead of a theater, the big winners look likely to be streaming services instead of broadcast networks, and political humor might be among the losers. Cedric the Entertainer, who will host the show, has signaled he won't revisit the biting political comments made by hosts such as Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Michael Che and Colin Jost, the New York Times reports. "I want to bring a familiarity that comes with my brand of stand-up," he said. "I'm somebody you know. I'm your cousin or your uncle, and we're here to celebrate each other."

"Television right now is perhaps the best it's ever been," added one of the producers, per the AP, who said that "when we first sat down with Cedric, we all quickly agreed on the idea of celebration." TV critics and writers advise watching for:

  • The Crown to rule. Seven of its actors are nominated in the series about the British royal family. It's won in the Emmy presentations that have already taken place. Victory as best drama for The Crown would deliver Netflix its first major series Emmy. The show's nominees will pipe in from a party in London.
  • Ted Lasso for the winner. Early Emmys and the Television Critics Association Awards would seem to indicate many trophies for the Apple TV+ comedy series, which is nominated for its first season. Jason Sudeikis, a former cast member of Saturday Night Live who's never won an Emmy, could take home a handful, including best writing. Victory in the big race likewise would bring Apple TV+ its first major Emmy.
  • A small crowd. Only about 600 vaccinated or tested nominees and guests will be in the tent at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, per the Los Angeles Times. Taking a page from the Golden Globes, they'll be at tables with food and drinks.

  • Michael K. Williams to be remembered. The actor, who died this month, was nominated for best supporting actor in a drama for HBO's Lovecraft Country. The Emmy voting ended before his death.
The Crown's route to victory is a little less perilous because the pandemic postponed new seasons for a bunch of potential contenders, including Stranger Things, Better Call Saul, Ozark, Killing Eve and Succession, which won for best drama last year. The show begins at 8pm EDT on CBS and Paramount+. (More Emmy Awards stories.)

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