It’s not that we ever stopped loving television, but it has ended up playing a bigger role in many people’s lives since the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed how we socialize. So even if you’ve never cared about the Emmy Awards before, you may be a little more invested this year, and interested to see whether your favorite quarantine binges end up winning an award. (And maybe you still don’t care, but in that case, there’s not much here for you.)
In any case, the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards are tomorrow night (that’s Sunday, September 19, 2021), and there are a few different ways to tune in. Here’s what to know.
How to watch the 2021 Emmys
Let’s start with the basics: The 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards will take place tomorrow afternoon in Los Angeles. Between the time differences and all the red carpet walking (although there will be far fewer people on it than usual this year), the actual show will begin at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, and has a scheduled runtime of three hours.
Those with cable (or someone else’s login details) can easily watch the show live on their local CBS station—along with people who don’t have cable, but do have a functional TV antenna.
There are plenty of streaming options, too—specifically: Roku, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV, Sling TV, Fubo TV, and Paramount+, which is CBS’ streaming service. Yes, those are all paid subscriptions, but if you haven’t already used up your free trial period with a particular service, you can always cash that in now.
What to know about the 2021 Emmys
Cedric the Entertainer is hosting this year’s Emmy Awards. Instead of the Microsoft Theater, this year’s show will take place at the L.A. Live Event Deck, because it offers both indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of room for physical distancing, because yes, we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Approximately 500 guests are expected to attend.
You can find all the nominees and other information on the Emmy Awards’ website.