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It’s Official: The Emmys Are Going Virtual This Year

"If you want to be in formal wear, we’d love that, but equally if you’re in the UK and it’s 3am, perhaps you want to be in designer pyjamas and record from your bed," reads a letter from Emmy producers.

The 2020 Emmys, scheduled for September 20 in Los Angeles, are officially going virtual. In a letter from Emmy executive producers, including Jimmy Kimmel, nominees were told to prepare from home (or a location of their choice) for the big event.

“As you’ve probably guessed, we’re not going to be asking you to come to the Microsoft Theatre in downtown LA on September 20th,” reads the letter. “This year, it’s still going to be TV industry’s biggest night out… but we’ll come to you!”

Despite the tiny logistical issue of each participant being in a different location, Emmy producers are promising a night of glamour and entertainment, with the use of cutting edge technology, cameras and lighting to make everyone look “fabulous” for their “unique ‘on screen’ moments.” Nominees and presenters are also being encouraged to dress up in whichever way best suits them.

“If you want to be in formal wear, we’d love that, but equally if you’re in the UK and it’s 3am, perhaps you want to be in designer pyjamas and record from your bed,” reads the letter. “We want to work with you to style your moments, but want you to guide us on your levels of comfort – where you want to be, who you want to be with, what you want to wear etc.”

While the cancelling of the IRL event is disappointing news for the nominees—particularly the Schitt’s Creek team, for whom this year marks their last shot at the Emmy’s—it’s a necessary decision considering the severity of the ongoing pandemic, particularly in California.

The beloved Canadian show is really going out with a bang, with its sixth and final season receiving a whopping 15 Emmy nominations spanning acting, writing, directing, costumes, hairstyling, makeup and several other categories.

Last year, the series received four Emmy nods—for Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara in the acting categories, and for costumes and best comedy series. This year, the two comedy veterans received nominations once again in the Lead Actor/Actress categories, with Dan Levy and Annie Murphy earning their first Emmy nods as Best Supporting Actor and Actress.

In addition to the four major acting categories, Schitt’s Creek received Emmy nominations in the following categories: Outstanding Comedy Series, Directing (to Dan Levy and Andrew Cividino for the series finale), Writing (to Dan Levy for the series finale and David West Read for episode 8), Contemporary Hairstyling (to Annastasia Cucullo and Ana Sorys for the series finale), Contemporary Makeup (to Candice Ornstein and Lucky Bromhead for the series finale), Casting for a Comedy Series, Contemporary Costumes (to Debra Hanson and Darci Cheyne for the series finale), Single-Camera Picture Editing (to Trevor Ambrose for the series finale and Paul Winestock for episode 13) and Sound Mixing (to Bryan Day and Martin Lee for the series finale).

As Alexis might say, “Nom nom for us, David!”