Emmys to air late with somber tone

LOS ANGELES: The 53rd annual Prime Time Emmy Awards will air on

October 7, after being pushed back three weeks from the original

broadcast date.

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."

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