Netflix and the expanded world of HBO and HBO Max made it a duel this year in race to gather the most Primetime Emmy nominations overall.
Netflix took in a whopping 129 nominations, paced by “The Crown,” which tied with Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” as the most-nominated program overall with 24 bids apiece. HBO and HBO Max combined racked up a total of 130 nominations, led by “Lovecraft Country,” the now-canceled HBO period drama. HBO Max’s most-nominated series was “Hacks” with 15 mentions, followed by “The Flight Attendant” with nine.
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Netflix’s haul was down significantly from last year when it raked in 160 nominations compared to 107 for HBO.
Disney Plus made a huge leap in its second year of eligibility, landing 71 nominations including a limited series mention for “WandaVision.” NBC was the most-recognized broadcast network with 46 noms topped as ever by “Saturday Night Live” with 21. Apple TV Plus grabbed 34 thanks largely to comedy juggernaut “Ted Lasso.” CBS took in 26 while Hulu brought in 25. Amazon Prime Video received 18 including its first-ever drama series bid for “The Boys.”
Showtime, FX Networks and and AMC Networks had modest showings after a year in which programming plans were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s also clear that the industry’s focus when it comes to prestige TV is in the streaming realm. Quibi, the now shuttered streaming service, grabbed eight nominations compared to six for Showtime and one for the AMC Plus premium service.
FX Networks took in 16 nominations, led by “Pose” with nine including a bid for best drama series.
On the studio front, Warner Bros. Television Group had a big year with double-digit nominees such as “Ted Lasso” and “Lovecraft Country.” WBTV racked up 79 bids in total.
Universal Studio Group was a close second with 75, also thanks to “Ted Lasso” (a co-production with Warner Bros.) and the stalwart “Saturday Night Live.”
Netflix-produced programs garnered an estimated 50 nominations, led by “Bridgerton” and “The Queen’s Gambit.”
Disney Television Studios had 42, paced by “Pose” with nine. (“The Mandalorian” and “WandaVision,” two of Disney Plus’ top nominees, were produced by Lucasfilm and Marvel, respectively.)
Sony Pictures Television copped 37 noms, led by “The Crown.”
CBS Studios took in 21, topped by “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS).
Lionsgate took in eight with “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (NBC).
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(Pictured: "The Crown," "Lovecraft Country" and "The Mandalorian")
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