Analysis: The 2022 Emmy nominees are a dizzying mix of old, new and international
How overwhelming? Well, for starters, the Television Academy has thrown off decades of tradition and hasn’t bothered to break down the nominations by network, in part because the advent of streaming platforms has made it possible to determine who owns those bragging rights – Netflix? A combination of HBO and HBO Max? Disney’s matching platforms with Disney+, ABC and Hulu? — too many headaches to deal with.
For what it’s worth, after a neck and neck race last year, HBO opened up a wider lead over Netflix’s second place this time around, with 140 nominations, backed by the 25 for favorite drama “Succession “, followed by “The White Lotus” (20, including eight staggering supporting offers), “Hacks” (17), “Euphoria” (16) and “Barry” (14). Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” (20) was once again the most nominated comedy. (Like CNN, HBO is a unit of Warner Bros. Discovery.)
A complicating factor became the longer-than-traditional breaks between seasons, which meant several of this year’s nominated shows weren’t in contention in 2021 — heck, FX’s “Atlanta” was out for nearly four years — while something like “The Crown” is missing after dominating the awards last year.
In terms of episodic series, the balance between nostalgia and freshness of discovery is very present, as well as the influence of streaming, which has swept the choices of limited series and accounted for half of the contenders for comedy and drama series.
Last year’s Emmys included a populist twist in the form of several Disney+ shows, which could have contributed to a ratings rebound after record numbers in 2020.
Whether that will impact the audience for this year’s show remains to be seen. Perhaps the best thing the Emmys have going for them is a wide assortment of tastes to tease different palates, in what has become a pretty crazy galaxy of television.