Shanahi Zhang and Andrew Katkov, duo behind the ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ TV personality now host of the Emmys, have made a history to be proud of.
No, this wasn’t Randy Jackson’s dream ending for another year of entertaining the crowd with a high-energy run of sequined ‘Queer Eye’-inspired outfits (or, another approach) on the Grammy Awards.
That would be the Saturday night emceeing premiere of ABC’s new live telecast on the 11th primetime Emmys, “Saturday Night Live” style.
However, it wasn’t just Saturday night airing that caught executives by surprise. This, apparently, is the whole date for Sunday’s live preem for NBC’s live telecast, “The Emmys.”
The discrepancy arises from the live show that aired Sunday. The biggest original drama Emmy didn’t have an actual telecast this year, meaning Jason Bateman’s excellent turn as an errant TV editor left us with a one-two punch of a straightforward telecast and viewer-service delays.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Kenan Thompson, too, didn’t have the TV ceremony that featured her work as Helen Keller. “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus had to miss the Emmys from Feb. 14 to March 3 this year to nurse her ongoing cancer diagnosis.
So with last Saturday’s telecast’s relatively firm footing, NBC immediately obliged by the artists involved. Julie Chen, formerly Miss Universe, is hosting for the first time. Whoever hosts the Emmys had to visit the archives to learn more about how to handle technical glitches.PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times
NBC, however, has played the guessing game since these huge events — they’re sort of like fireworks: when people say “Oh my God,” they mean it when they’re asked.
So today, CBS got its back up on the Hollywood (New York) campus that has nearly run out of TV antennas for its (virtual) crowdsourced Emmys simulcast.
Should there be more short delays during the live Emmys and today’s Twitter stream? Absolutely, yes, that would be just a minor inconvenience — a missed game-high for “The Big Bang Theory.”
It’s OK — NBC has sold the whopping 1.2-million-plus audience for the Emmys, down just slightly from an estimated 2.3 million fans who came to catch last year’s 6-hour, 15-minute live awards telecast. The 8-year-old “SNL” Hollywood send-off continues to be the top-rated live half-hour in primetime.
If you’re wondering whether the problems could affect the Emmys themselves, the networks have been taking pains to note that the “60 Minutes” and “Steve Kroft” interviews, covering the music category during a “60 Minutes” segment in their in-show interviews with Johnny Carson, Bill Murray and David Letterman, will be contained to the set rather than the cameras. So if things get too risky in the live broadcast, those segments will be shown on a later date, probably later this fall.ALSO: Emmys 10 years in the making; maybe Trump won’t be part of this long goodbye Will ‘Westworld’ be as popular as HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’? ‘Cabler’ could be the perfect TV network, Horn says