Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — The Television Academy has ruled that Fox's version of “Rent” can submit in the variety special (live) category at this year's Emmy Awards, Variety has learned.
Originally the performance was set to be a truly live event on a Sunday night in January, but performer Brennin Hunt broke his foot during the previous evening's performance and therefore was unable to perform the full choreography needed for the show to go on fully as planned. The performance at which he got injured was shot live-to-tape and was what ultimately made the broadcast — with the exception of the final act, for which production did switch over to a true live performance on Sunday. The final act had altered choreography from the original plan so that Hunt could sit on stage and sing, even though his foot was in a cast. The original Broadway cast of Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer and Tony-winning musical also performed live to close out the show.
Fox petitioned the Academy to move the production from consideration in the variety special (prerecorded) category since the broadcaster aired an unedited taping of what they are calling the “opening night” performance; the Academy agreed.
“Although an unforeseen injury … — Danielle Turchiano/@Variety