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The 61st annual Emmy broadcast has been switched back to its original time of September 20, 8:00 p.m.

Emmy Awards Broadcast Rescheduled — Again!

Two awards shows on one night will just not do! Playing switcheroo once again with the date for the 2009 Emmy awards, CBS has moved the television awards ceremony back to its original date of September 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET so it will not conflict with the already-scheduled MTV Video Music Awards.

The September 20 date was moved up a week to September 13 to avoid bumping up against a CBS NFL doubleheader (which could cause a late start to the awards broadcast). The move to the earlier date was just announced by CBS two weeks ago.

Unfortunately, September 13 happens also to be the scheduled date for the MTV Video Music awards broadcast, a date that had been long-ago locked in. The two networks agreed that the conflict would serve no one’s interests, so CBS, with more scheduling flexibility moved the 61st annual Emmy Awards broadcast back to its original date September 20, which is the day before the “official” start of the 2009-2010 primetime television season.

That still leaves CBS with the possibility of the NFL doubleheader running long, and creating a late start for the awards ceremony. However, CBS feels that is preferable to going head to head with another major entertainment awards show. A time-flexible edition of the venerable 60 Minutes newsmagazine show will air at the conclusion of the football game, ensuring a start time for the Emmy as close to 8:00 p.m. as possible.

Primetime Emmy Award nominations will be announced on July 16 8:40 a.m.

About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, called "Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton," The Apothecary's Curse The Apothecary's Curse is now out from Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books. Her book on the TV series House, M.D., Chasing Zebras is a quintessential guide to the themes, characters and episodes of the hit show. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA's HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as "The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture," "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes," "The Hidden History of Science Fiction," and "Our Passion for Disaster (Movies)."

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