The Emmy Awards

by Jennifer Bozell

The Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 17th, but we don’t have to wait that long to learn what the nominations already tell us about the ever-changing TV landscape.

For the first time in 18 years, there is now a new leader at the top of the most nominated network list at the Emmys. Streaming giant Netflix collected 112 total nominations, topping HBO’s 108 and delivering a clear message on the state of the industry. Their most nominated program was “The Crown,” with 13 all in. HBO had the most nominated program overall, with “Game of Thrones” garnering 22.

In recent years, the gap between HBO and Netflix has rapidly been closing. Now that HBO has been eclipsed, they are looking for a path forward. The bosses at HBO are said to be interested in a volume business – something bigger and broader – that is similar to Netflix. How that will play out remains to be seen.

There were also many shut-outs this year. A number of shows that were nominated in the past were snubbed completely in the major categories. This list includes “Modern Family,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Arrested Development,” “Transparent” & “Orange is the New Black.” Newcomers that were considered likely to get nominations, like “SMILF” and “The Good Doctor,” were also shunned.

History was made by Sandra Oh, as she became the first actress of Asian descent to earn an Emmy nomination for lead actress in a Drama series. She plays a MI5 spy on BBC America’s “Killing Eve.” The nomination proves that Hollywood is committed to promoting diversity within its acting ranks, quite a stark contrast to the “Oscars So White” campaign that plagued the Oscars just a few years ago.

About the Author:

Jennifer Bozell is a former ABC Studios executive & was Head of Development for actor Taye Diggs’ production company.