As we are saying goodbye to this 12 months’s Emmy season and transfer on to the subsequent, put together for an much more crowded competitors forward. There’s no relaxation for the small display screen set, because the latest frenzy of big-budget fantasy TV sequence has confirmed.
It’s clear TV Academy voters nonetheless are inclined to fall again on earlier winners — which is why this month’s 2022 victories for “Ted Lasso” in comedy and “Succession” in drama weren’t a shock. However issues are getting much more crowded as a brand new TV awards season is already effectively underneath approach.
HBO’s “Sport of Thrones” prequel “Home of the Dragon” and Amazon Prime Video’s epic “Lord of the Rings” precursor “The Rings of Energy” have already made a splash with their premieres, and have settled in as correctly wonderful performers. Neither are essentially smash hits simply but, however they’re additionally not bombs. On this TV atmosphere, the place it’s practically not possible to knowingly manufacture a success, that’s in all probability nonetheless a win.
However we additionally reside in an age the place rankings are actually apples and oranges, and to try to combine Nielsen numbers with streaming knowledge — particularly with “Home of the Dragon,” which might be consumed the quaint linear approach, in addition to streamed — is tough. After which evaluating these numbers to no matter a platform like Amazon is sharing is not possible. With out that measuring stick, bragging rights might have to attend till the subsequent spherical of TV awards — significantly within the crafts fields.
Throughout its run, “Sport of Thrones” managed to interrupt by the style barrier on the Emmys, but it surely was principally an exception to the rule — simply ask these behind reveals like “The Mandalorian” and “Stranger Issues,” which have a tendency to scrub up on the Inventive Arts Emmys however not really feel the love on the Primetime ceremony.
Nonetheless, “Home of the Dragon” and “The Rings of Energy” might be absolutely be entrance and middle subsequent 12 months because the networks and streamers begin to map out their FYC plans. Ditto AMC’s “Interview with a Vampire,” a part of a brand new Anne Rice franchise; in addition to Netflix’s “The Sandman.”
And now, in 2023, prepare for the Emmy races of all Emmy races. After a number of years of COVID-related manufacturing delays that pushed some reveals out of competition and allowed the Emmy competitors to breathe, anticipate subsequent season to be a visitors jam of epic Emmy proportions. FX boss John Landgraf has predicted that this 12 months will finish with a report tally of not less than 600 unique scripted sequence on TV — they usually’re all within the hunt.
New reveals are one factor, and there are many them coming. However there are additionally the Emmy faves that took this previous 12 months off for one motive or one other: Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Story,” Netflix’s “The Crown,” Prime Video’s “The Boys” and Disney+’s aforementioned “The Mandalorian.” These returnees might be up towards favorites that may instantly be again subsequent season like “Succession,” “The White Lotus,” “Hacks,” “Abbott Elementary,” “Succession,” “Severance,” “Yellowjackets” and “Barry.”
After which there are the ultimate seasons of reveals like “Higher Name Saul,” “Atlanta,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Strolling Lifeless” (one other style present that by no means received its Emmy due) and doubtlessly “Ted Lasso” — if we’re to consider, as has been hinted, that Season 3 is its final — all of which may even be within the trophy hunt.
However attempting to even predict subsequent 12 months’s Emmy race is a little bit of a idiot’s errand within the streaming period, when platforms usually hold their premieres and rollout plans a secret till the final minute. That’s very true within the spring, as last-minute premieres pop up with the intention to make it slightly below the wire into the eligibility interval.
Not solely is it a aggressive alternative, but it surely additionally comes out of viewer habits: The sooner you announce a premiere, the much less seemingly that consciousness will nonetheless be entrance of thoughts for audiences when the present is definitely out there. (Worse, customers on the lookout for mentioned present and never discovering it gained’t hassle looking it out once more.)
Hopefully we’ll be listening to about long-overdue tweaks to the Emmys’ selection speak and selection sketch classes, the 2 competitions most in want of an overhaul. However subsequent up, the eye turns to movie awards season (the place TV nonetheless has a presence, as a result of even the movie world needs a style of TV’s dominance)… together with the Golden Globes ceremony, which returns to NBC in January.