Sad news for soap fans. The Daytime Emmy Awards is being postponed due to the Writers Guild of America strike. But on the plus side, they aren’t being canceled outright.
“The 50th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards planned for Friday, June 16 on CBS is postponed due to the WGA Strike,” NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said in a statement. “In addition, the Creative Arts & Lifestyle ceremony, planned for Saturday, June 17, has been postponed pending a strike resolution. We look forward to our community gathering together as one to celebrate our Golden Anniversary and all of the talented nominees and honorees at a later date.”
Not only do awards shows need writers in order to create the banter for the hosts and presenters, any ceremonies that do go ahead face potential WGA picketers and the possibility that guests and nominees won’t cross the picket line to attend the show out of solidarity with the writers.
The 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards went ahead with a pre-recorded show with acceptance speeches coming via video, this year’s Peabody Awards will not be holding an in-person ceremony. And while the WGA initially denied the Tonys a waiver to put on the 2023 awards this year, they later agreed not to picket the event after producers altered the program.
Soap fans were immediately concerned about the fate of their favorite daytime dramas when the WGA went on strike on May 2 over various issues including residuals from streaming media and the use of artificial intelligence. But while the soaps have alternatives that will help keep the shows on the air during a writers strike, the Daytime Emmys is simply postponing the ceremony until after the strike has been resolved.
Hopefully, that day won’t be too far in the future and the studios and the WGA can come to an agreement over fair pay so that Hollywood can return to normal and we can hand out some Daytime Emmy Awards to those deserving recipients! Keep checking back here at SoapsInDepth.com for more on this developing story.