The roster of reveals vying for high honors at this yr’s Emmy Awards embody loads of acquainted names, together with earlier champions like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Succession” and “Ted Lasso.”
However a crop of newcomers and first-time contenders — “Abbott Elementary,” “Solely Murders within the Constructing,” “Severance,” “Squid Sport” — might edge out these incumbents, thanks partially to a wave of cultural buzz and glowing critiques.
Right here’s a have a look at the massive races and different key storylines heading into the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, which airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on NBC and the streaming service Peacock.
‘Squid Sport’ eyes historic victory in drama sequence race
Netflix’s “Squid Sport” is a certifiable worldwide phenomenon. The sequence, a dystopian drama about South Korean adults who compete in lethal youngsters’s video games to flee crippling debt, premiered final September to rave critiques, web hysteria and big international viewership.
“Squid Sport” now has an opportunity to develop into the primary non-English language program to attain the very best drama sequence Emmy — a win that may underscore the more and more various face of leisure within the period of continent-spanning streaming platforms.
The present earned a complete of 14 nods this yr, together with finest drama sequence actor for Lee Jung-jae in addition to recognition for steering and writing.
However the present nonetheless faces competitors from two different first-time nominees: Apple TV+’s company satire “Severance” and Showtime’s off-kilter “Yellowjackets.” The opposite contenders within the drama sequence race are “Higher Name Saul,” “Euphoria,” “Ozark,” “Stranger Issues” and “Succession.”
Freshman hit ‘Abbott Elementary’ seems to dethrone ‘Ted Lasso’
ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” was one of many breakout favorites of the 2021-22 season. The rookie sitcom, a mockumentary about an underfunded public college in Philadelphia and the hard-working educators there, kicked off in December and shortly attracted a loyal following.
“Abbott Elementary,” created by Quinta Brunson (who can be nominated for her lead position), picked up a finest comedy sequence nod this yr and might need sufficient momentum to conquer “Ted Lasso,” the feel-good soccer present starring Jason Sudeikis.
Emmy prognosticators imagine “Abbott” has a strong probability of taking dwelling gold as a result of it received a key award for casting on the tv academy’s Inventive Arts ceremony at first of the month. The winner of that prize has gone on to nab high comedy sequence honors on the Emmys for the final seven years.
The triumph of “Abbott” might enhance ABC, one of many “Massive Three” broadcast networks that used to rule the Emmy nominations however has these days been displaced by streaming platforms. (No different sequence that airs on conventional broadcast TV was nominated within the high two classes.)
The opposite nominees within the comedy sequence race are “Barry,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Hacks,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Solely Murders within the Constructing” and “What We Do within the Shadows.”
Within the wake of ‘the slap,’ Kenan guarantees conflict-free ceremony
The Emmys can be one of many first main televised awards reveals since Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on the 94th Academy Awards. Hollywood needs to maneuver previous that incident, after all, however it’s potential not less than one presenter will joke concerning the wildest night time in Oscars historical past.
“Saturday Night time Stay” veteran Kenan Thompson, who will make his debut as emcee of the Emmys, stated he expects the ceremony can be freed from tense confrontations.
“It type of simply threw all the world off guard, mainly, and that received’t occur once more,” Thompson informed the Related Press, referring to the Oscars incident. “Even when I’m roasting [someone], it shouldn’t come throughout as any type of malice.”
Thompson stated he hopes the ceremony can be a comparatively relaxed affair, with nominees and presenters targeted on small-screen storytelling achievement as an alternative of behind-the-scenes drama.
“This ought to be an evening of appreciating artistry and creativity and eradicating the stress of all of it out. I get it — it sucks to lose, and everyone’s choosing outfits and making an attempt to do the crimson carpet factor,” Thompson informed the AP. “However on the identical time, it’s an superior factor to be within the room on Emmys night time, and I don’t need that to get misplaced within the stress,” he added.
The scores recreation
Lately, Nielsen scores for televised awards reveals have plunged as extra individuals ditch linear tv for streaming and black-tie Hollywood fetes lose a few of their luster within the age of Instagram and TikTok. Usually, viewership for the Oscars, the Tonys and the Grammys has trended downward.
However final yr’s Emmy Awards drew an estimated 7.4 million individuals — a surprisingly strong quantity that represented an enchancment over the roughly 6.1 million individuals who tuned within the yr earlier than, when the ambitions of the present had been curtailed by Covid.
The tv academy’s recognition of wildly standard sequence like “Squid Sport” and important darlings like “Succession” might herald a decent viewers — and perhaps even some 20- and 30-somethings who’ve largely deserted non-sports stay broadcast occasions.
Plus, there’s all the time the prospect that folk will watch simply to see if there are any Oscars-style stay TV fireworks.