The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, live coast-to-coast (8:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. Eastern / 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Pacific) on NBC, the network and Television Academy said in a joint announcement.
The host and production team have yet to be announced for the live Primetime Emmys show, which will originate from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.
While some fans and industry veterans are surprised by the Monday date (as opposed to Sunday), the first-ever coast-to-coast network broadcast was on a Monday – March 7, 1955 – on NBC, ironically enough.
Years following, from 1956 through 1962, the Emmys ceremony aired variously on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Never on Sunday.
The first Sunday broadcast took place in 1963.
The show went back to Monday in 1964, then returned to Sundays from 1965 through 1973.
From 1974 through 1976, the Emmys aired on either a Monday or a Tuesday.
In 1977, the live gala returned to Sundays, where it remained until this year.
In additional awards news, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards will take place on Saturday, August 16, 2014.