August 04, 2009
Awards News

No Awards Are to be Dropped from 2009 Emmys

How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris clears up the “miscommunication about what time-shifting means” at Television Critics Association session.


The Associated Press reported that Primetime Emmy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris said Monday that he thinks “there is a bit of miscommunication about what time-shifting means," when asked about recent criticism of the decision by Primetime Emmys executive producer Don Mischer and the Television Academy to time-shift eight of twenty-eight awards presentations. (Full AP story.)

"We're just trying to edit down the standing and the hugging...and the walking down the aisle," Patrick said, during a meeting of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, California.

According to Entertainment Weekly, none of the eight awards presentations or acceptance speeches were ever slated to be dropped from the show, or severely trimmed, despite misinformation concerning cuts circulating across news and various web channels—only pre-taped and rolled back into the program:

"Mischer showed critics and reporters an edited version of one award from last year’s ceremony, which looked almost indistinguishable from a typical live ceremony. 'We are trying to do this very dignified,” explained Mischer, adding that even with the edited awards, “there will be presenters and there will be nominees listed and there will be walk-ups.'” (Full story.)

Get official fact sheet information about the production here:
CBS and the Television Academy, Time-Shifting and the 61st Primetime Emmys Awards

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