This year attending the Emmys is harder than scoring an invitation to Anna Wintour's Met Gala.
The Television Academy announced on Tuesday that the 73 Emmy Awards is changing its venue location as covid cases surge in Los Angeles. The TV academy and CBS opted for hosting all ceremonies at the event deck at L.A. Live, directly behind the Microsoft Theater. This will create an opportunity to "utilize an indoor/outdoor setting and more socially-distanced audience seating," according to the Academy in a statement.
In addition to a location change, although invitations have already gone out nominated teams of three or more have now been limited to no more than four tickets per nomination. The academy is leaving it up to the nominated teams to "coordinate between themselves and identify how they will allot their four tickets."
The effects of limiting ticketing will impact shows with the most nominations in various categories consisting of large casts and writing teams, including shows like The Handmaid's Tale, Bridgerton, The Crown, Saturday Night Live,The Mandalorian, and WandaVision.
Earlier this week the Academy announced in a press release that there will be a "very limited" red carpet to greet attendees when they arrive at the show, only allowing a dozen media outlets to cover talent's arrivals and interview nominees. To make up for the lack of traditional on-site media coverage, a virtual media center will be mounted allowing outlets the opportunity to connect with talent during the show.
Crew, vendors, and on-site media must test negative for coronavirus and show proof of vaccination among entering. "The health and safety of our nominees is of paramount importance," the TV Academy said in a statement. "Conversations are ongoing, and we will provide further information as it is available."
Cedric the Entertainer will be this year's Emmys host, and the ceremony will air live on CBS on Sept. 19 at 8.p.m. The show will also be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.