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Peak TV's bonanza complicates Emmy's goal of honoring top honors

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Want to cheer on viewer favorites ‘Yellowstone,’ ‘NCIS,’ or ‘Young Sheldon’ during the Emmy Awards? Hold your breath.

Their and other ratings’ successes couldn’t influence their nominations for Monday’s ceremony. It was taken to shows such as

What you need to know

  • The Emmys largely favor programming from massive streaming services like Netflix, one of the drivers of TV’s explosive growth, alongside older conservative premium cable channels like HBO and Showtime. was doing.
  • Out of 21 nominations for Best Drama, Comedy or Limited Series, 11 are for streaming services and 7 are for premium cable.
  • ABC Comedy ‘Abbott Elementary’ Earns Sole Broadcast Network Series Nomination
  • The ceremony will air Monday at 8:00 pm on NBC and will be hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson

As frustrating as it may be for fans, industry experts say such omissions mean television’s most prestigious honor is doing its job in difficult times of “peak TV” overload. , or is considered to be a sign of an attempt to

“When the Emmys were created over 70 years ago, there were very few shows. The public was familiar with what was being nominated,” said television producer and author William Rosenthal. It has been the case for most of the century.”

Netflix’s Squid Game is a case in point, the first non-English Korean drama to be nominated for the Top Series award. The dystopian horror story competes with his seven other critically acclaimed shows, including ‘Succession’ and ‘Severance’.

The programming frenzy means that even worthy shows struggle with recognition.

Robert Thompson, Director of the Briar Television and Popular Culture Center at Syracuse University, said: “What if an award originally designed to pick the high scorers of what’s called the ‘idiot box’ suddenly gets so many high scores that they don’t know what to do with it?”

Given the many options that divide television audiences, how can an awards show attract an audience?

The ceremony won’t be limited to spotlighting just the nominated shows, said returning executive producers Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart. Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson will host.

“The scripting, filmmaking and acting that you see on TV is extraordinary,” Hudlin said. “We want to celebrate all TV…whatever we want to watch, yay!”

How to achieve it? Using the long-running franchise as a crowd-favorite shorthand, Stewart said, “Put a little bit of ‘law and order’ in there for the people. That’s exactly what we’re trying to do. I want you to recognize me.”

One approach is already clear: inviting actors from non-nominated shows as presenters. It also conveniently appears on the host network NBC).

The selection process for nominations has been particularly brutal this year. The farewell seasons of the network’s favorite shows “black-ish” and “This Is Us” have been removed, and FX’s “Atlanta” has been dropped from the best comedy series category after its last two nominations (though Star Creator Donald Glover Wants Acting). Trophy won in 2017).

Network drama classics like NBC’s Chicago Fire and CBS’ NCIS, which averaged 10 million viewers last season, are unlikely to win awards in any category. It’s especially noticeable in the television industry, where innovative storytelling is endless. Same thing. Paramount’s “Yellowstone” is well-made but not considered cutting-edge, and even the cast members who deserve it are left out in the cold.

“It seems like a big oversight that Kelly Reilly wasn’t nominated,” said Chapman University, an assistant professor at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, whose credits include “Nurse Jackie.” Rosenthal said. He said that the modern western Beth Dutton was “really great.”

The Emmys have drawn shows from big-spending streaming services like Netflix, one of the drivers of television’s explosive growth, alongside older conservative premium cable channels like HBO and Showtime. I mostly supported it. Of his 21 nominations for Best Drama, Comedy or Limited Series, 11 are for streaming services and 7 for premium cable.

ABC’s comedy Abbott Elementary stands alone as a contender for a broadcast network series. ‘Better Call Saul’ by AMC and ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ by FX.

At a time when broadcast and daily ratings dominated television, before DVR and streaming, Emmy’s recognition helped make the show. A vivid example given by Thompson.

It was one of the lowest rated series and escaped cancellation when it won eight Emmy Awards in 1981, the highest at the time.

The Emmy hunt still sparks flashy “please consider” promotional campaigns aimed at Academy voters. But the overloaded pop culture environment undermines the allure of Hollywood award ceremonies across the board.

Emmy producer Stewart takes the opposite view of the latter. Statistically, your odds of winning one of the 25 Emmy Awards given out on Monday are overwhelmingly high.

“Don’t forget this is an incredible achievement,” he said.