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Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on both coasts

For the first time in decades, the prime-time Emmy Awards will be telecast live, coast to coast.

NBC announced the change along with premiere dates for the returning series "America's Got Talent" and "Last Comic Standing" and two new scripted shows: the comedy "100 Questions" and the mystery "Persons Unknown." The Emmys will air live at 5 p.m. Pacific Time and 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, Aug. 29. Scrapping the tape delay follows recent ratings surges for live awards events, particularly the Golden Globes, which NBC aired live, coast to coast, for the first time in January.

TALENT IS BACK

"Talent," television's most-watched summer series, will return featuring new judge Howie Mandel with a two-hour debut Tuesday, June 1, and a Wednesday edition premiering the following night at 9. "Comic," with new host Craig Robinson ("The Office"), likewise will return with a two-hour premiere Monday, June 7, then transition to its usual time slot at 9 p.m. Mondays.

NEW SERIES

"Questions" stars Charlotte Payne ("Peep Show") as a woman taking a 100-question dating-compatibility test, with each question causing her to recall a humorous story from her past. The show debuts at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27. "Persons" stars Alan Ruck ("Spin City") and Jason Wiles ("Third Watch") and is about a group of strangers who come together to solve a puzzle. The drama debuts at 10 p.m. Monday, June 7.

- The Hollywood Reporter

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