HBO’s ‘Succession’ and ‘The Last of Us’ lead 2023 Emmy nominations

The 2023 Emmy Awards nominations were announced Wednesday, with HBO and Max earning the most nominations and Netflix trailing closely behind. HBO/Max nabbed 127 Emmy nominations, marking the 21st time that it has surpassed all networks and streaming services in a single year.

Notably, HBO’s “Succession” had a record-breaking total, receiving 27 noms. Last year, “Succession” was the most nominated show of 2022 with 25 nominations and took home four wins. Overall, the show has won 13 Emmys. The hit drama series wrapped up its final and fourth season in May.

Additionally, “Succession” saw three actors nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series— Brian Cox (plays Logan Roy), Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy) and Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy). This is the first time that three actors in a series have been simultaneously nominated for the Lead Actor category.

Other nominated HBO shows include the hit video game adaptation “The Last of Us” with 24 nods and “The White Lotus” with 23.

Max’s (previously HBO Max) closest competitor in the race is Netflix, which earned 103 nominations thanks to popular titles such as “Wednesday,” “The Crown,” “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” “Beef” and “Dead to Me,” among others.

Hulu continues to grow its haul, getting 64 nominations this year after hitting a record of 58 in 2022. Hulu only had 26 nominations in 2021. “The Bear,” a new Hulu series, was the most nominated with 13 nods.

Once again, Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” made up the bulk of the streamers’ 54 nominations, with 21 in total, a minuscule upgrade from its 20 nominations the year prior.

In terms of free, ad-supported streaming services, The Roku Channel and Amazon Freevee got 12 and four nominations, respectively. Roku original “WEIRD: the Al Yankovic Story” got the bulk of the nominations at eight total, and Amazon Freevee’s “Jury Duty” had four.

The 75th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on September 18 on Fox. However, there reportedly may be a delay, given the ongoing writer’s strike.

2023 Emmy Nominations by Streaming Service

  • HBO/Max: 127
  • Netflix: 103
  • Hulu: 64
  • Apple TV+: 54
  • Prime Video: 42
  • Disney+: 40
  • Paramount+/Showtime: 15
  • Peacock: 8

HBO’s ‘Succession’ and ‘The Last of Us’ lead 2023 Emmy nominations by Lauren Forristal originally published on TechCrunch

With help from ‘Game of Thrones,’ HBO conquers Netflix in Emmy nominations

When the Emmy nominations were announced last year, Netflix had a big win, overtaking HBO for the first time. But this year, HBO is back in the lead, with 137 nominations compared to Netflix’s 117.

The Hollywood Reporter has tallied up the just-announced nominations, with Amazon Prime Video getting 47 nods and Hulu receiving 20.

HBO, meanwhile, didn’t just beat Netflix — it also beat its own record for most nominations in a single year. That’s good news for WarnerMedia, which is hoping that HBO branding can help its upcoming streaming service stand out from the crowd.

That said, its most-nominated show is one that just ended — “Game of Thrones,” which received 32 nominations, making it the most-nominated show of the year, and setting the record for the most nominations that any show has received for a single year.

That’s right: These are nominations for the show’s divisive final season, including nods for Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Emilia Clarke), Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Kit Harington), Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams) and Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage).

(Also, I didn’t hate the finale, but I definitely raised my eyebrows when I saw that “The Iron Throne” had been nominated for Best Directing and Best Writing.)

Coming in second among individual shows was Amazon’s “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which won a whole bunch of comedy Emmys last year and snagged 20 nominations this year, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

Among Netflix’s shows, “When They See Us” scored 16 nominations (including Best Limited Series) and “Russian Doll” received 13 (including Outstanding Comedy Series). Amazon’s “Fleabag” and Hulu’s ” Handmaid’s Tale” received 11 nominations apiece.

The Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 22.

Apple hires A&E’s Molly Thompson as its Head of Documentaries

In addition to a growing lineup of scripted fare, documentaries will be another key focus for Apple TV+, the company’s new streaming service set to launch in May. According to a new report today from Variety, Apple has hired A&E’s Molly Thompson as its Head of Documentaries.

Thompson’s experience at A&E includes founding its documentary production arm, A&E IndieFilms, back in 2005. While there, several of its films earned Emmy nominations, including “Life, Animated,” “Cartel Land,” “Jesus Camp,” and “Murderball.”

Cartel Land,” “Life, Animated,” and “The Tillman Story,” combined, went on to win over a half-dozen Emmys, along with other industry awards.

Thompson also has exec produced: “The Clinton Affair,” Charles Ferguson’s “Watergate” docuseries, “Studio 54,” “City of Ghosts,” “The Imposter,” “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon,” “The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld,” “No Place on Earth,” “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” and “Being Evel”  — some of which were under A&E’s History Films banner.

For Lifetime Films, she exec produced two narrative features: “Lila & Eve,” which starred Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez and premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival; plus Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait,” with Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin.

Thompson’s hiring indicates Apple’s interest in bringing content that will appeal to those who don’t regularly watch traditional TV, but instead like to stream more educational fare — like documentary films and docu-series, biographies, shows with a historical focus, and other non-fiction. Plus, documentaries would give Apple a way to compete early on for Emmy attention, even if its scripted series fail to gain critical praise.

Documentaries also represent another means of competing directly with Netflix, where the format has become a huge draw for subscribers — even zeitgeist-y, at times. Netflix today has a range of documentaries that nearly everyone has seen, or has at least heard of, like “Making a Murderer,” “Wild Wild Country,” “13th,” “Amanda Knox,” “Fyre,” “Amy,” and many more. This month it will have another hit in this genre, with Beyoncé’s Coachella documentary, out on April 17th.

Apple has already announced a few of its documentary efforts for Apple TV+, including Oprah’s docu-series, one of which is co-produced with Prince Harry; as well as a docu-series about extraordinary homes; and Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s documentary about an elephant matriarch, “The Elephant Queen.” The latter, which Apple picked up at the Toronto International Film Festival, was one of its first feature film buys.

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