We’re now just two months away from the nominations announcement for the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. It was originally supposed to be on July 14th, but earlier this year, the TV Academy decided to push the announcement back two weeks to July 28th to give more people time to view and score the submissions.
What will be interesting this year is to see how large of an impact streaming services — and especially the news ones — will have on the voters. Since the 71st Emmys last September, AppleTV+, Disney+, Quibi and HBO Max have all launched (the latter just earlier this week). They’ve all got shows vying for attention, including “The Morning Show”, “The Mandalorian”, “Most Dangerous Game” and “Love Life”.
First it was cable that came into the Emmys race and shook-up Network TV. Then some of the early streaming players like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video entered. Now hardly any network programs show-up on the ballots of major categories. NBC was the only one of the four major networks to be represented in the Comedy Series (“The Good Place”) and Drama Series (“This is Us”) categories.
The only other of the four networks to get any major Drama or Comedy Series recognition was ABC, with Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) and Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) receiving noms. Davis (a past winner for the Shonda Rhimes show) could be nominated again for “Murder”’s final season.
My fingers are crossed for HBO’s hot property “Bad Education”. The best movie of 2020 so far deserves to sweep Miniseries/Movie categories, including for the performances from Hugh Jackman (who won an Emmy in 2005 for hosting the Tony Awards) and Allison Janney (a 7-time winner for roles on “The West Wing”, “Mom” and “Masters of Sex”).
The 72nd Emmy Noms announcement ceremony will be at 11:30amET on Tuesday July 28th (presumably on the Emmys website). The show will be on Sunday September 20th at 8pmET on ABC. No word yet on if Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the past two times it was on ABC, will come back for a third.