Emmy Awards to Give It a Third Try Nov. 4, Sources Say

The twice-postponed Emmy Awards will try again next month but could run afoul of baseball's World Series.

The awards ceremony is expected to be held Nov. 4 in Los Angeles, sources close to the show said Tuesday. That date could put the Emmys in conflict with a seventh World Series game if it's played.

An announcement about the rescheduled Emmys, including whether Ellen DeGeneres will remain as host, was set for Wednesday, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and CBS, which will broadcast the show, declined comment Tuesday.

The Emmy ceremony was within hours of its broadcast Oct. 7 when the United States and Britain launched a military attack on Afghanistan. Emmy organizers and CBS called off the show.

Originally planned for Sept. 16, the Emmys were delayed the first time because of the terrorist attacks five days earlier.

CBS and the academy had been considering other dates in November and a variety of formats and locations, including a studio lot or military base show with troops in the audience.

The ceremony originally was to have been held at the 6,000-plus seat Shrine Auditorium near downtown. Its new venue, the Shubert Theatre, holds only 1,800 people.

If the World Series goes a full seven games, it would end with a nighttime contest broadcast by Fox. The Emmys traditionally air from 8-11 p.m. EST.

Despite the potential conflict, an early November broadcast would give CBS a valuable showcase for its special "sweeps" programming for the month. Sweeps periods, held several times a year, are watched closely to set local advertising rates.

From the first delay, the television industry has been divided over whether the awards should be re-staged or dropped altogether.

Some participants were worried about safety, although officials said no threats had been received and that unprecedented security measures were in place at the Shrine.

Others questioned the propriety of a Hollywood celebration in difficult times. But CBS and the academy were intent on proceeding with the 53rd annual prime-time Emmys.

"There's a lot of money at stake," CBS Television President Leslie Moonves said recently.

The network stands to lose advertising dollars and a promotional platform for its programming, while the academy depends on the $3 million-plus network license fee and ticket sales for a large portion of its annual budget.