Gone are the days when those who follow entertainment news have to wake up before the sun is warm to catch the Emmy Awards nominations. The crack of dawn announcement ensured a mention in morning news programs, but, with modern technology and streaming, the time of day when the announcement happens matters less — so does the reliance on broadcast television. So, how can someone watch the Emmy Award nominations online on Thursday, July 14, 2016?
The time change for the nomination dissemination went into effect last year — shifting away from the traditional 5:30 a.m. PT kick off — and the nominations will again start at a later time this year. Lauren Graham, of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood fame, and Black-ish’s Anthony Anderson will announce the 68th Annual Emmy Award nominees July 14 at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT via webcast. That’s right, you can stream the announcement via Emmys.com at a totally reasonable time, from anywhere you want.
With the webcast, and the new time, and even the amount of recent winning or nominated shows that air on streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, it is clear that the way we watch television and get our news has changed, and the Emmy Awards are doing a lot to keep up with the times. While buzz surrounding the nominations are no longer dependent on a 24-hour news cycle and the shows themselves stretch beyond the limits of broadcast television, there is one way that the Emmy Awards have remained mostly unchanged — and that’s the award show itself.
The nominated shows were likely marathoned, the award show itself can be live streamed, and the nominees are finally beginning to reflect American diversity due to better representation on television, so some things have changed for the better. But, the spectacle and excitement surrounding the classic event has remained unchanged. Viewers still watch (on whatever platform they can) the live show for the fashion, the inspiration, and to cheer on favorite programs and entertainers. The Emmys have evolved and remained the biggest night for the television industry, despite the lack of modern viewers that watch shows on an actual television set. The 68th Annual Emmy Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, September 18, on ABC and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, from ABC’s night-time talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!
In short, however you watch television or the Emmys is up to you, but if you’re invested in the 2016 nominees be sure to log on to Emmys.com on July 14 to see what shows to cheer for in September.