On Sunday at 8 p.m., a very different looking Emmy Awards telecast will air on ABC. The ceremony will be live, as always, but with no audience and a socially distanced crew. It will not be preceded by a red carpet, that gaudy parade of unwearable fashion and self-promotion, and none of the nominees will be onsite, which will be a small stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the non-event event, with the nominees waiting — and being filmed — at their homes. There may be a few socially distanced celebrity guests to help break up the night, and I’m betting one of them will be Matt Damon, Kimmel’s famous nemesis.
Last year, a record low number of viewers — 6.9 million —tuned in to the hostless Emmycast. That was a 32 percent drop from the previous year’s 10.2 million. So even though, in