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No taped acceptance speeches at Emmys

Academy board says proposed change wouldn't be time saver
/ Source: The Associated Press

Changes intended to streamline this year's Emmy Awards were scrapped by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences after a reappraisal.

In April, academy officials announced that acceptance speeches in selected categories would be replaced by pre-taped, timed remarks from winners. Writers and directors were among those affected; actors were exempt.

But the academy's board of governors decided against the new approach at a Monday night meeting after reviewing the planned ceremony with executive producer Ken Ehrlich.

"In effect, the amount of time being saved was not as much as originally thought and the costs incurred would be in excess of original projections," the academy said in a statement Tuesday.

The academy had considered even more sweeping changes, including bumping awards in some writing and directing categories from the live Sept. 18 show to the smaller-scale creative arts ceremony that precedes it by a week.

The idea met with resistance from the industry guilds whose approval was required. The academy still walked a delicate line with its creation of a two-tier system of acceptance speeches, live and taped, but did not cite that as a reason for abandoning the change.

A total of 27 awards will be presented at the September ceremony airing on CBS.

Last year, the Emmy show sank to its second-lowest ratings ever, drawing fewer than 14 million viewers for the three-hour ceremony. The reappraisal of the production began at a board meeting in late 2004, after the poor ratings performance.