Stephen M. Silverman
October 10, 2001 02:28 PM

Circle your calendar for either Sunday, Nov. 11 or Nov. 18, for the much-delayed Emmy awards, reports the trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable. Though you might do it in pencil. A severely pared-down version of the show will surface during Sweeps week, according to the publication, though CBS and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences had no comment. The magazine also said that the Shrine Auditorium would be replaced by a smaller venue, possibly the grand ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Ellen DeGeneres would remain as host. Meanwhile, another report on the Emmys has surfaced, this one via the Associated Press. TV officials, said the news service, are considering holding the ceremony on a California military base. But Academy spokeswoman Jennifer Price said that idea would bring up a slew of other issues. “They’d have to get permission from the military, and at a time of war, do they really want a show going on, with tanks in the background?,” Price said. A final decision is expected to be announced by Friday. The Emmys, originally scheduled to be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium on Sept. 16, was rescheduled — and scaled down — after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It was called off again last Sunday, just hours before showtime, after the U.S. and Britain launched air attacks on Afghanistan. The decision to call off the show was the first such cancellation in the show’s 53-year-history. Some in the industry are said to be jittery about participating in such a high-profile event, though academy officials said that unprecedented security measures were in place for Sunday’s ceremony and no threats were received prior to the event’s postponement. Both CBS and the TV academy have much at stake. The network, which has paid a license fee of more than $3 million to the academy for the telecast, stands to lose advertising revenue if the show does not go on.

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