“None of us have ever completed something on this scale earlier than,” mentioned producer Reginald Hudlin, along with his associate on the present, Ian Stewart, likening the method to “attempting to look at 130 sports activities matches on the similar time.”
The expectation is that not the whole lot will go easily, and that Kimmel might be accessible all through the evening to “bounce in as quickly as something goes fallacious,” Hudlin mentioned. “We’re basically going to be making issues up as they go alongside. …We’re open to the X issue, being in partnership with all these nominees.”
Having the nominees taking part from house — in some cases surrounded by household — will add a level of intimacy to the proceedings. As Hudlin famous, individuals invite these applications into their properties to eat them, and “Now we get to enter their homes.”
Throughout a Zoom name with reporters, the producers additionally acknowledged that they have been aware of the tone, eager to have a good time the perfect work completed in tv whereas recognizing the unorthodox nature of this yr’s awards and what is going on on on this planet. That features fires which have clouded the air in Los Angeles, from which the awards will originate.
“The hearth disaster that we’re going through is greater than our little awards present,” Hudlin mentioned, to which Stewart added, “We’re not tone deaf. We’re attempting to make the present within the backdrop of loads of issues happening on this nation.”
Newly introduced expertise taking part within the telecast will embrace Jason Bateman, Sterling Ok. Brown, Laverne Cox, “Sesame Avenue”‘s Depend Von Depend, Morgan Freeman, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, D-Good, Randall Park, RuPaul, Patrick Stewart and Jason Sudeikis. H.E.R. may even current a dwell efficiency throughout the “In Memoriam” phase.
The 72nd Emmy Awards might be broadcast dwell at eight p.m. ET Sept. 20 on ABC.