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Emmys postponed, Latin Grammys canceled due to attacks

Sunday's planned Primetime Emmys broadcast on CBS has been postponed in response to Tuesday's attacks in New York and Washington.  On Saturday,
Sunday's planned Primetime Emmys broadcast on CBS has been postponed in response to Tuesday's attacks in New York and Washington. On Saturday, "Survivor" won an Emmy for best nonfiction program in an early ceremony for technical and other achievements.  

By Porter Anderson
CNN

(CNN) -- The 2001 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony originally scheduled to be shown Sunday has been postponed.

In a statement issued late Tuesday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said it was postponing the event in light of the attacks made on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. The academy did not say when the show would be broadcast.

The ceremony had been scheduled to air on CBS on Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT, broadcasting live from Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

"We are watching this national tragedy unfold on television with everyone else with the deepest sadness," the academy's statement read. "Therefore, out of respect to the victims, their families and our fellow citizens, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and CBS Television will postpone the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. We will announce the date of our award show at the appropriate time."

Several of the star-studded events that traditionally surround the awards broadcast itself are likewise on hold, the academy said.

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"In addition," the statement read, "the television academy will also postpone the Performers' Nominee Reception, Directors' Guild Reception, Writers' Guild Reception, International Council Board meeting and Governors' Ball."

Meanwhile, the second annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony, recently moved for security reasons from Miami to Los Angeles, has been canceled. The event was scheduled to take place Tuesday night and air live on CBS.

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences chairman Michael Greene decided to call off the awards show "due to the unimaginable events."

The Latin Grammys had been plagued by controversy after organizers pulled the ceremony out of Miami last month amid fears that anti-Castro demonstrations protesting the presence of Cuban artists might become a significant problem.

Early Emmys awarded Saturday

Some of Emmys customarily awarded before the main show were announced on Saturday night in the creative arts ceremony, an annual event honoring technical and other achievements.

"The West Wing" took four Emmys in Saturday's creative arts ceremony. "Survivor" took an Emmy for best nonfiction program (special class), a category for reality shows.

Hollywood, of course, has close ties in the memories of many to times when national security has been threatened.

From the longstanding tradition of Bob Hope and others' U.S.O. entertainments for troops in times of war -- right up to last Sunday night's opening of HBO's Steven Spielberg-led 10-hour World War II saga, "Band of Brothers" -- the image of an entertainment industry dedicated to the support and promotion of American national interests has become one of the culture's most enduring concepts.

The close proximity in the United States mind of politics and entertainment was heightened during the Reagan presidency and revived, to a lesser but steady degree, during the Clinton administration.

NBC's "The West Wing" this year has approached the planned Emmys ceremony with 18 total nominations, to 22 total nominations for HBO's ongoing series, "The Sopranos."


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