LOS ANGELES: The 53rd annual Prime Time Emmy Awards will air on
October 7, after being pushed back three weeks from the original
CBS and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said that the lively
and celebratory tone of past shows will be changed to reflect the more
somber mood of the country.
"Traditionally, the Emmys are a tribute to the TV industry," said a
jointly issued statement. "This year, the industry will join the nation
to reaffirm the spirit of Americans."
Changes being discussed include canceling host Ellen DeGeneres'
monologue, rolling up the red carpet, and adding a tribute to industry
professionals who lost their lives in the events of September 11.
CBS spokesperson Nancy Carr said advertising would proceed as normal
during the event, but cautioned, "Everything that's happening is day by
day, hour by hour," and is "subject to change."