No joke. After looking at the NFL football schedule for September, CBS decided it needed to reschedule the Primetime Emmy Awards – and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences agreed.
CBS announced Monday that the broadcast of the “61st Primetime Emmy awards” has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13 (8:00-11:00 pm, live ET/delayed PT), one week earlier than the previously announced date.
“The new date moves the Emmys away from a weekend where CBS has an NFL doubleheader, which can delay the start of prime time on Sunday.” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS. “This is better for the live event, the broadcast and our audience at home,” he added
The original date for the broadcast was set prior to the NFL releasing their 2009 television schedule, CBS noted.