L.A. health dept.: 2021 Emmys didn't violate COVID-19 rules

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How many people watched the 2021 Emmys?

Emmys 2021 brings in more than 7.4 million viewers after years of decreasing ratings. NEW YORK — The Emmys accomplished what is becoming a rarity for awards shows these days, by actually increasing its viewership over the previous years. USA TODAYEmmys 2021 brings in more than 7.4 million viewers after years of decreasing ratings

Why is no one wearing masks at the Emmys?

“No Masks at the #Emmys because rules are for the little people,” wrote one Twitter user, echoing the sentiments of many others. While the no-mask issue sent Twitter ablaze, Rogen's remarks also seemed to prompt the evening's DJ, Reggie Watts, to chime in. Los Angeles TimesEmmys 2021: Seth Rogen gets real about COVID-19 safety

What were the ratings for the Emmys last night?

The last Emmy telecast to outpace last night's showing was in 2018, when the Emmy telecast drew a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 and attracted 10.2 million viewers on NBC. The 2018 ratings in itself represented a then-low, and an 11% decline compared to 2017. VarietyTV Ratings: Emmy Awards Rise 16% From Last Year, Reversing a Pattern of Declines

Who won the Emmys 2021?

Netflix's royal drama The Crown and Apple TV comedy Ted Lasso were the big winners at Sunday's Emmy Awards. The Crown's prizes included best drama series and four acting wins - for Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman, Josh O'Connor and Tobias Menzies. BBC NewsEmmy Awards 2021: The Crown and Ted Lasso sweep major categories

Gina Torres says Emmy voting pool needs to become more diverse and inclusive

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Winners, opening numbers, snubs: Recap of the Emmy Awards

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Why Were Those Emmys So Bad?

The Cut 21 September, 2021 - 10:33pm

Given that this should have been a triumphant return to in-person awards shows, after last year’s admirable though bleak Pandemmys (remember the hazmat-suited delivery guys?) and those nervous Oscars last spring, it is especially mind-boggling how awkward, cringe, and generally dull this show turned out to be, as broadcast by CBS on September 19.

It’s unclear where or at whom fingers should be pointed. Sure, there were a few wonderful moments — hi, wins for Michaela Coel and Jean Smart — but if the networks are serious about reversing the trend of ever-declining viewership for awards shows, they did nothing to help their cause last night. For one, host Cedric the Entertainer did no such thing, and any attempts at “bits” fell flat; Ken Jeong’s “stuck outside the entrance because he wasn’t providing satisfactory proof of vaccination” schtick was especially embarrassing. I refuse to discuss Rita Wilson’s rap.

The “skits,” if we can even call them such, were particularly rough and really beg the question, who do the Emmys think they are for? We want to see our favorite stars, glam and unrecognizable from their characters onscreen. Instead, those of us sitting at home watching the show, our thumbs raw from scrolling Twitter, are being told via song-and-dance number to watch television. We are, in fact, already watching television, and if we’ve chosen to tune into the Emmy Awards, it’s a safe bet we do quite a lot of that as is!

And did the presenters, all of whom are professional actors paid to say words on camera, appear to be straining pretty much across the board to you? After a year and a half of limited social interaction, I get that some of us are a little rusty when it comes to being a human person in public. But the audience holding its collective breath as it waits to see whether a stilted line delivery is part of some pre-planned joke isn’t live television suspense, it’s exhausting.

Speaking of exhausting, the show clocked in at over three hours, and for what? There were many trophies that needed to be handed out, yes, but how much of that time actually went to recognizing achievement in television? Again, we will not be talking about Rita Wilson’s rap here. Awards shows should last exactly two hours, no more. That’s exactly the length of time needed to get in, clap for the year’s best work on the small screen, and get out unscathed.

There are a number of other ways these Emmys could have been, if not salvaged, then at least made something better than the giant huh? they ultimately turned out to be. To that end (though this is a memo for winners more than the Emmys themselves): Take the music cue. Certainly one of the evening’s most egregious moments came in the form of The Queen’s Gambit director Scott Frank accepting his award for an outrageous four minutes, ignoring three separate “wrap it up” prompts. Frank, likely, thought it was an act of self-possession, having just seen Debbie Allen do the same while accepting her lifetime achievement Governors Award. In reality, it was just a white man disrespecting the time of everybody else in the room, and especially the other winners who did keep it brief. Shocking!

Which brings us back to Coel, who was nominated for starring in, directing, and writing her HBO limited series I May Destroy You. She won in the latter category, taking the stage directly after Frank with a speech that lasted 53 seconds and ended with a dedication to survivors of sexual assault. The contrast to the previous winner was obvious and stark, but the win also exemplified what may truly be the way forward for the Emmys: putting the focus back on the work itself and those who make it.

Barry Jenkins’s The Underground Railroad walked away empty-handed last night, but how great would it have been if the bloated broadcast had allocated any of its time to highlighting that singular achievement? It may have even gotten a few more people to check out the little-viewed series. Instead, we had an opening segment that included Rita Wilson — not doing it! — and LL Cool J, whose persistent presence at awards shows makes less sense every year.

The night also included a couple inexplicable callbacks to the Met Gala, held earlier the same week, which (though it was of course a ridiculous spectacle) only served to underline the snoozefest that was this ceremony. If this was its best attempt to rejoice at the ability to once again gather after an industry-upending crisis, these Emmys would have been better off sitting on the couch in quarantine.

L.A. County Health Department Has Responded After Seth Rogen’s Emmys Maskless Celebrities Remarks Go Viral

CinemaBlend 21 September, 2021 - 04:31pm

This past weekend marked the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, and to say it was a star-studded night would be an understatement. The ceremony featured appearances from a number of Hollywood’s biggest actors, including Seth Rogen, who caught the internet’s attention with his new look. However, the actor, writer and producer, who presented the first award of the night, also went viral for questioning the COVID-19 protocols in place and commented on maskless celebrities, while on stage. Now, the Los Angeles County health department has responded to Rogen’s comments.

While on stage at this year’s Emmys, Seth Rogen, in a somewhat deadpan manner, also said that he was under the impression that the event would be held “outdoors” and stated that the event officials “lied to us.” He would go on to say that “there is way too many of us in this little room” and said that he wouldn’t have come if he’d known about the setup.

Earlier this week, the L.A. County Health Department asserted that Seth Rogen’s claims are not accurate. The department, via a statement sent to TMZ, said that it corresponded with the Emmys to ensure that the proper safety methods were in place for the event. The department also stated that additional precautions were put in place for the ceremony, which included fully vaccinated or recently tested crew members. Attendees were reportedly also required to be fully vaccinated and needed to have a negative COVID test within 48 hours of showtime.

In response to Rogen’s statements on a lack of masks, the department of health explained that Los Angeles requires both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents to wear masks indoors, exceptions have been made for Hollywood productions. As a result, attendees, who are classified as performers, were not required to wear masks.

The uptick in COVID cases over the past few months have spilled into a number of Hollywood productions. Just recently, How I Met Your Father star Hilary Duff, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for the virus as production was starting to ramp up. And earlier this summer, HBO’s Game of Thrones spinoff, House of Dragons, was also forced to shut down due to a positive test.

Nevertheless, it would seem that a number of film and TV show crews are finding different ways to keep cast and crew members safe as work pushes forward. For instance, Fox’s The Masked Singer phased out its live studio audience for the past few seasons and, even though it’s now welcoming fans back, it’s ensuring that all audience members are either fully vaccinated or tested daily.

Based on the current state of the pandemic, Hollywood appears set to keep precautions like the ones implemented at the Emmys and those used in other TV and film productions in place for the foreseeable future. We’ll see how Hollywood continues to handle the situation as the world attempts to close in on a firmer sense of normalcy.

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