Fans will no longer have to scour the Internet to find out exactly where the Daytime Emmys ceremony will be broadcast. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has found a new, permanent telecast home, but it's not one of the major broadcast networks. It's not even on cable. NATAS has announced that it will launch its own streaming service that will serve as the exclusive destination for the Daytime Emmys broadcast.
The service doesn't yet have a name, and a launch date has not yet been announced, though Variety reports that the "new over-the-top platform is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020" and will likely have "Emmys" in its official name.
The yet-to-be-named service will also be home to the non-Daytime Emmys ceremonies that NATAS oversees, including the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in April, and the Sports Emmys in May.
The Daytime Emmys used to rotate among the three major broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, and NBC. NBC dropped out of the rotation in 2004. ABC's last Daytime Emmys broadcast was in 2008. CBS was the last of the three soap networks to broadcast the ceremony in 2011. In the past decade, the Daytime Emmys have aired on the CW, HLN, Pop TV, and a variety of online services. Fans were often unsure where and how to watch the ceremony.
"We were making it available on PCs and mobile in a clunky way," NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp told Variety. "But with the [upcoming Emmys] app available on any platform, if you want to watch on your phone, you can watch on your phone. You want to watch on your TV, you can watch on your TV. [It will] be accessible to the audience [w]herever they" choose to watch.
The new broadcast home isn't the only change for the Daytime Emmys. Last year, NATAS announced that it would be making some significant changes to key categories and that the ceremony would expand from two to three days.
In addition, NATAS will not be releasing the list of Daytime Emmy Awards pre-nominations this year. Paul Pillitteri, Chief Administrative and Communications Officer at NATAS, said in a statement that, "There is a pre-nomination round of judging but we are no longer announcing those that are chosen to move on to the 'blue ribbon' second round as we have in the past. This was the unanimous request of the Daytime Drama community that we serve and as such, we decided to discontinue and honor their wishes."
Adds NATAS President/CEO Adam Sharp, "Our rules require a minimum of fourteen entries in a category to proceed to a pre-nomination round of judging. Several drama performance categories did not meet this administrative threshold, and concerns were rightfully raised regarding the potential for some performance categories to undergo pre-nomination judging or announcement and others not. So in consultation with the participating programs, whose feedback was unanimous, we determined that none of these categories would proceed to a pre-nomination round."
The nominees will be announced in April.
As for the ceremony itself, daytime fans will get to see how everything plays out on June 12, 13, and 14, 2020, when the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards are once again held at the Pasadena Convention Center.
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