12:19pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Emmys Renew Big Four Deal for 8 Years
The Emmys are staying put on traditional TV, renewing the four-network deal with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox for the next eight years.
A return to "the wheel" has been largely expected, as both broadcast executives and TV Academy brass were keen to keep the awards show on a traditional platform despite its shrinking presence in the Emmys' biggest categories.
"We thank Ken Ziffren and all those involved from both the Television Academy and the broadcast networks in reaching this new agreement," Television Academy chairman and CEO Hayma Washington said Monday in a statement. "We are excited to continue our collaboration with the four networks in celebrating excellence in television each year, honoring the great programs, performances and content that captivate millions of fans.”
The current deal between the TV Academy and the broadcast nets was set to expire with the upcoming 70th anniversary of TV's top prize, airing Sept. 17 on NBC. The new deal keeps the Emmys on broadcast through 2026, with Fox getting the telecast in 2019, followed by ABC, CBS and NBC.
Keeping the Emmys locked in for a relatively long-term deal is no surprise. Despite the telecast's comparatively lackluster ratings in the awards space, live events remain the closest thing to future-proof for traditional TV, and nearly all of the big shows are set to air on their current homes for the foreseeable future.
The only telecast currently in question is the Golden Globe Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC are still hammering out a deal to bring the kudocast back to the Peacock Network in January. Negotiations had stalled earlier this year when the two could not commit and the HFPA started floating options with other broadcast networks and even one streamer.
The 2018 Emmys will be hosted by Saturday Night Live stars Michael Che and Colin Jost.