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Best of Emmy Awards FYC 2020: Let the Games Begin

FYC season offers networks and studios the opportunity to draw attention to their projects, performances, and prospects — and IndieWire is going to keep track of who has the best events, and why.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 06: (L-R) Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Aaron Paul, Tessa Thompson, and Luke Hemsworth attend the screening & panel discussion of the HBO drama series "Westworld" at Wolf Theatre on March 06, 2020 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO)

“Westworld” FYC 2020

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And so it begins. Forget film, it’s television’s time to shine.

Emmy season is officially underway and the onslaught of For Your Consideration events has begun. A pivotal part of the awards race, FYC events offer networks and studios the opportunity to draw attention to their projects, performances, and prospects, with an audience populated with members of the Television Academy. (And in case you were wondering how this all related to the coronavirus topic du jour, the Television Academy says there are “currently no proposed changes to FYC and Member Events” and that they will continue to review recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Los Angeles Department of Health.)

In the age of Peak TV, giving a series a chance to sell itself to a captive audience is invaluable, making FYC events even more valuable than before. And while it might seem disadvantageous to hold such a gathering months before the Emmy eligibility period closes, it’s also a way for less-celebrated shows to grab the spotlight with fewer events in direct competition and with plenty of time for intrigued voters to catch-up on the series by the time the ballots are ready.

Things are happening, plans are unfolding. Here’s a peek inside the FYC scene as it stands today.

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