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This year, the Emmys go virtual and we’re there step by step

In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, host Jimmy Kimmel speaks on stage in front of empty seats during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)
In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, host Jimmy Kimmel speaks on stage in front of empty seats during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)

MIAMI, Fla. – The latest from the Emmy Awards

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8 p.m. EST

No flying, no trying to get a spot on the red carpet, no finding the right gown, getting a hairstylist or make-up dripping in the L.A. heat. This year, it’s easy to cover the Emmy Awards from home because that’s where everyone else will be, too.

Those on the ground said it was eerily empty both outside and inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles during the run-up to the Emmy Awards unlike any other, according to the Associated Press.

At a moment when the red carpet would normally be thronged with black-tie stars, media and fans, spaced-out security and staff and a handful of show contributors were among the only people outside on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel did his opening monologue for the 72nd Emmy Awards to what looked like a packed auditorium. What? During a pandemic?

Faked you out. Those crowd shots were from a previous year.

“Welcome to the pandemmies!” Kimmel said to open his monologue. “You can’t have a virus without a host.”

Many other nominees are expected to take part from their homes, hotels and other remote locations.

8:20 p.m.

Schitt’s Creek Sweeping Up Already

After 45 years of nothing-but-funny and a six-year run down “Schitt’s Creek,” Catherine O’Hara has an acting Emmy.

O’Hara won the Emmy Award for best actress in a TV comedy for her role as Rose family matriarch Moira on “Schitt’s Creek” on Sunday night.

Jennifer Aniston presented the award, the first handed out at Sunday night’s ceremony, from Staples Center, and O’Hara accepted in a remote restaurant-like pavilion with the “Schitt’s Creek” cast in face masks and formalwear around her.

A man in a black tie hazard suit handed her the trophy.

“May you have as much joy being holed up in a room or two with your dear family as I have with my dear Roses here,” an emotional O’Hara said.

The win puts O’Hara in the elite company that her peers and co-stars have already held her in for decades.

Past winners of the award include Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Candice Bergen and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

O’Hara had one previous Emmy for writing on “SCTV” in 1982 in the earlier days of years of collaboration with her “Schitt’s Creek” co-star Eugene Levy.

Meanwhile, co-star Levy won Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for “Schitt’s Creek" beating out some intense competition including Ramy Youseff, Ted Danson, Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle and Anthony Anderson.

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About the Authors:

Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.