Emmy weekend set for Sept. 12-13

9:15 PM PST 06/08/2009 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

Creative awards will keep date, despite Primetime move

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It will be a doubleheader Emmy weekend Sept. 12-13.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' board of the Governors on Monday decided to keep the 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on their originally scheduled date, Sept. 12. It now will lead into the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, which were shifted last week from Sept. 20 to Sept. 13 to avoid possible delays as CBS, which carries the Primetime Emmys this year, has an NFL doubleheader slated for Sept. 20.

E! is still expected to telecast the Creative Emmys a week later, Sept. 19.

The only change: Because the Primetime and Creative Emmys were to be held at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live, the Creative Arts Emmys has been moved to the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center to accommodate preparations for CBS' live broadcast the next evening. (The Convention Center also will house the Creative Arts Ball as originally planned.)

The setup -- with the Creative and Primetime Emmys taking place on the same weekend -- reverts to a tradition that had been in place until about 10 years ago, when the Creative Emmys moved up a week.

Shifting the Creative Emmys by a week this year would have been difficult as the show would have fallen on Labor Day weekend.

"We made this decision to ensure that this year's celebration will carry on the tradition of presenting a high-quality, entertaining awards ceremony for all involved," ATAS chairman and CEO John Shaffner said.

The 2009 Creative Arts Emmys are executive produced by Lee Miller and Steve Venezia, with Spike Jones Jr. producing. Nominations for the 2009 Primetime and Creative Emmys will be announced July 16.
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