As we are saying goodbye to this yr’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 set, because the latest frenzy of big-budget fantasy TV collection has confirmed.
It’s clear TV Academy voters nonetheless are likely 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 properly beneath manner.
HBO’s “Sport of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” and Amazon Prime Video’s epic “Lord of the Rings” precursor “The Rings of Power” have already made a splash with their premieres, and have settled in as correctly positive performers. Neither are essentially smash hits simply but, however they’re additionally not bombs. On this TV setting, the place it’s almost not possible to knowingly manufacture a success, that’s in all probability nonetheless a win.
However we additionally stay in an age the place scores are actually apples and oranges, and to try to combine Nielsen numbers with streaming knowledge — particularly with “Home of the Dragon,” which will be consumed the quaint linear manner, 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 could 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 means of the style barrier on the Emmys, nevertheless it was principally an exception to the rule — simply ask these behind reveals like “The Mandalorian” and “Stranger Issues,” which have a tendency to wash 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 heart subsequent yr 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 yr will finish with a report tally of not less than 600 unique scripted collection 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 yr off for one cause 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 in opposition to 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 Useless” (one other style present that by no means bought its Emmy due) and probably “Ted Lasso” — if we’re to imagine, as has been hinted, that Season 3 is its final — all of which will even be within the trophy hunt.
However attempting to even predict subsequent yr’s Emmy race is a little bit of a idiot’s errand within the streaming period, when platforms usually maintain their premieres and rollout plans a secret till the final minute. That’s very true within the spring, as last-minute premieres pop up to be able to make it just below the wire into the eligibility interval.
Not solely is it a aggressive selection, nevertheless it 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 in search of stated present and never discovering it received’t hassle looking out it out once more.)
Hopefully we’ll be listening to about long-overdue tweaks to the Emmys’ selection discuss 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 desires a style of TV’s dominance)… together with the Golden Globes ceremony, which returns to NBC in January.