LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards will air a week earlier than previously scheduled.
The television awards show, originally slated for September 20, will take place September 13.
The reason: CBS, which carries the Emmys this year, has a doubleheader NFL game scheduled for September 20, which could bleed into primetime.
"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," said Jack Sussman, CBS' executive vice president of specials, music and live events. "This is better for the live event, the broadcast and our audience at home."
The original date for the broadcast was set before the National Football League released its 2009 television schedule.
Nominations for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced July 16.