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Emmy Awards date moved to avoid NFL doubleheader

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After realizing that the date of the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards would conflict with not one but two football games, CBS announced that the TV trophy fest will move up a week, from Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 13. “The new date moves the Emmys away from a weekend where CBS has an NFL doubleheader, which can delay the start of primetime on Sunday,” Jack Sussman, CBS’ executive vice president for specials, said in a statement released today by the network. “This is better for the live event, the broadcast and our audience at home.” Emmy nominations will be announced Thursday, July 16.