With the Emmy Awards now postponed until October 7, there's more talk among the nominees, the networks and the Television Academy about what kind of celebration would be appropriate in the wake of last week's devastating attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.
Some Industry types are questioning whether the Emmys should remain a black-tie affair, whether there should be red-carpet arrivals, lavish Emmy postparties--or in the case of HBO, whether they should show up at all.
A publicist for the cable network confirmed reports Wednesday that, "right now, none of the HBO talent have made any plane reservations to come to the Emmys."
And we're not talking about the WB here. HBO earned a field-best 94 nominations this year, while its two critically hailed series, The Sopranos and Sex and the City, combined for 32 nods. According to the New York Daily News, stars like James Gandolfini, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lorraine Bracco, Kim Cattrall and others have not yet committed to flying out to Los Angeles for the ceremony. And HBO has already canceled its Emmys postparty.
A network spokeswoman warned that the stars--like many people in America--are still in shock following last week's tragedy, and plans may change as the October 7 date nears.
But that indecision reflects the sentiments of many, whose priorities seem to have suddenly shifted in the past week. Playing dress-up and crossing your fingers for an Industry back-patting just doesn't seem so important.
Meanwhile, MSNBC columnist Jeannette Walls quotes sources at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences who say they're considering whether to ditch the red carpet and tone down the black-tie dress code.
"It hasn't yet been decided," the source said. "But there are issues of taste and decorum. While there's a feeling that the show must go on, there's also the risk of looking like Hollywood is fiddling while New York and Washington burn."
Emmy organizers could not immediately be reached for comment on the reports Wednesday.
The telecast was originally scheduled to air September 16 on CBS. When the new date was announced, Emmy organizers acknowledged that they would have to rethink many of their previous plans, emphasizing that "this night the Industry will also join together with the nation to reaffirm the spirit of the American people."
Host Ellen DeGeneres' opening monologue was scrapped, as was a skit featuring members of the Saturday Night Live troupe poking fun at President George W. Bush and former Vice President Al Gore. There will likely be a moment of silence, as well as a special tribute to David Angell, the Emmy-winning producer of Frasier and Cheers who was on one of the doomed jetliners.
The three-week delay of the Emmycast is believed to be the longest in Hollywood award-show history. The Oscars were put off for two days following the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Following the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, the Oscars were also delayed a day.