Emmys Producers on Embracing Technical Difficulties: ‘Things Are Going to Go Wrong’

“The good thing is we’ve got Jimmy Kimmel, who loves live TV and the chaos of live TV,” executive producer Ian Stewart says

Even with the pandemic forcing the Emmys to go remote this year, producers Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart say Sunday’s awards show will air live, technical difficulties and all.

“We decided let’s not do the easy route here, the sanitized route here, and do lots of prerecorded things and put them all together, bolt them back to back and put out something that’s sort of generic,” Stewart said during a press conference on Wednesday to preview Sunday’s Jimmy Kimmel-hosted broadcast. “A stumbling block can be a stepping stone depending how you use it. This is a time to be a bit loose and have some fun … Anything that we can do live, we will do live.”

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Reid Nakamura

Reid Nakamura

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