The 72nd Emmy awards air Sunday, September 20, 2020. Despite Corona,, the Emmys are going strong; however, the award show is going to look a little different than usual. This is the first major award show of 2020 seeing as other award shows, like the Oscars, are delayed until 2021.
Even the veteran host, Jimmy Kimmel, who was hosted before in 2012 and 2016, casts some doubts on how successful the award show will turn out.
“I know everyone will get crazy when I say this, but this will probably be the lowest-rated Emmy’s of all time. I would be almost anything on it… I mean television is the lowest rated it has been,” Said Kimmel.
According to Fox News, he is not wrong. Before 2020, the Emmys have not been able to keep viewers entertained and engaged; now, since the Emmys are not going to have an audience, the award show will draw even less attention. The award show will be at the Staples Center in Los Angles, but only the host and crew will be there.
Kimmel is not the only one who does not feel jazzed about the award show. Many teenagers nowadays do not feel it necessary to tune in.
The Emmys talk about more critically acclaimed shows, and I feel like that show is too long because they usually run three hours. Also, teens’ favorite celebrities might only show up for a couple minutes and then leave, which isn’t very fun,” said Emma Sweeney ’22.
Among the 140 nominees, only a select few are recognized by teenagers. Top shows such as Schitt’s Creek, which might take home the most awards beating Game of Throne’s record, and Euphoria are the teens’ favorites this year.
Many of the nominated shows do not seem to capture the typical teenage eye. Nowadays, teens watch throwback shows from the late 90s or early 2000s. Most teens watch Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, FRIENDS, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries etc. Some of the nominated shows are Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Morning Wars, Succession etc, discuss mature topics, making them more popular with the older generation.
Thus, the question exists of whether the Emmy awards are relevant to teens. Most of the younger generation does not watch award shows, with possible exemptions for the Grammys or VMAS, which draw teens in with breath-taking performances by famous singers they
Furthermore, there will notbe any red-carpet photos of celebrates wearing exquisite gowns or suits. One of the biggest and most important things about award shows is the amazing dresses and tuxes we get to see and how beautifully many of the celebrities flaunt their looks. . Without the fashion aspect of the Emmys, people will be less engaged, instead having to watch celebrities accept awards in their pajamas.
The award show will be streaming on select services such as, “Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue carry Fox and allowed subscribers to stream the Emmys. But unless you had a free trial, those each of services cost around $50 per month, which is significantly more than what many viewers pay to view the series that received Emmys,” according to Indie Wire.
So, not everyone can watch the Emmys, which will bring the number of viewers even lower than before.
Unfortunately, with the Corona pandemic still going on, there is a chance that other shows might have to be streamed virtually, which makes watching it a lot less exciting. Things may get better in the future; however, typical award shows will get less and less popular.