2020 Emmy Awards: Start time, how to watch or stream online, nominations – CNET

Phoebe Waller-Bridge collected a bunch of Emmys last year, including winning best actress for her role as Fleabag.

Awards ceremonies have been going through it this year, with fluid scheduling changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But the Primetime Emmys is sticking to its guns. Going in the opposite direction from the next Oscars and Cannes (pushed back and canceled), TV’s big night has committed to its September ceremony date.

Will it need to tweak things closer to the show? Here’s everything we know about the upcoming ceremony.

Start time

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. ABC will broadcast the show live on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET or 5 p.m. PT.

Watch live for free

If you have an over-the-air antenna hooked up to your TV and get your local ABC station, you can watch for free.

How to watch the Emmys live without cable

Cable TV cord cutters have a number of options for watching the ceremony via a live TV streaming service, detailed below.

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our massive streaming services guide.

Who’s hosting?

Jimmy Kimmel will host the show for a third time. Despite the good news, he acknowledged the tricky logistics.

“I don’t know where or how or even why we are doing this, but we are and I am hosting it!” Kimmel tweeted June 16.


The nominations will be announced Tuesday, July 28 at 11:30 a.m. ET or 8:30 a.m. PT, via the Emmys site.

Shows that aired between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 are eligible for submission. Despite production suspensions and other disruptions that saw the Television Academy push back the entries deadline from May to June, Emmys submissions went up so much this year that there will be extra nominations slots to accomodate them.

What shows could nab nominations? Schitt’s Creek is surely a shoo-in, while heavyweights Better Call SaulThe Handmaid’s TaleWestworldBig Little Lies and The Crown go up against wild cards Watchmen, Ramy, Mrs America and The Morning Show. New streaming services will also be on the hunt for prestigious awards as the likes of Apple TV PlusHBO Max and Quibi try to steal some shine from established televisual giants Netflix and HBO. But will Tiger King or The Last Dance be crowned king of the documentaries? Check out more Emmy suggestions and predictions here.


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