Among streaming-only programs, Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” dominated.
A non-English series has been nominated by the Television Academy for Outstanding Drama for the first time in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards. The honor was conferred on Netflix’s Squid Game on Tuesday when the group unveiled the nominees for the 2022 awards. The smash hit received 14 nominations in total, including Outstanding Lead Actor for star Lee Jung-jae, in addition to Outstanding Drama.
Netflix either had the most or the second-most nominations of any streaming service on the list, depending on how you tally the nominations. Netflix films received 105 nominations overall this year, second only behind HBO and HBO Max’s 140 nominations. However, the industry has long been divided by HBO’s decision to combine its cable and streaming businesses under one roof.
Succession, another HBO production, received the most nominations. The program received 25 nominations from the Academy, including two nominations for Outstanding Actor and one each for Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong for Outstanding Drama. The most nominations of any streaming-exclusive series went to Apple’s Ted Lasso, with 20.
It will be Jason Sudeikis’ opportunity to defend his best actor victory from the previous year. Apple performed well because of programs like Ted Lasso and Severance. It received 51 nominations, up from 35 the year before. A notable omission in the Outstanding Variety Talk Series category was Jon Stewart, who made a comeback to late-night TV last year with The Problem with Jon Stewart on TV+.
The performance by Disney was uneven. Hulu more than doubled its nominations from the previous year to 58 on the strength of 17 nods for Only Murders In The Building. Disney+, on the other hand, only received 34 nominations, a sharp decrease from the 71 it received the year before. Despite this, Disney+ far outperformed rival streaming services. Paramount+ and Peacock only received 11 and 3 nominations each, while Amazon’s Prime Video received a meagre 30 nominations.
There are very small loose knots throughout the first season of “Squid Game,” so to speak, things that I didn’t conclude and put in little rooms for further expansion, according to Hwang, who is currently working on Season 2 of the show. Hwang recently told Variety’s Kate Aurthur that the show’s Season 1 ending allowed for a continuation.
Hwang also stated that Lee, who portrays the evil Front Man in charge of the games, will return. Lee Byung-hun has also stated that she will.
The reality competition “Squid Game: The Challenge” has also been added to the “Squid Game” franchise, which the streamer referred to last month as “the biggest reality competition series ever.” Similar to the drama, 456 people will compete in a series of games for a chance to win $4.56 million in the series.