Broad­cast TV faces off stream plat­forms

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A Bri­tish queen, a group of nerdy kids, a de­fi­ant hand­maiden and a trio of sib­lings are among the con­tenders for the Emmy for Best Drama Se­ries to­mor­row.

The TV in­dus­try, al­ready dis­rupted by stream­ing plat­forms Net­flix and Ama­zon, is on edge. A drama se­ries Emmy for Net­flix’s su­per­nat­u­ral mys­tery Stranger Things or its royal se­ries The Crown, or Hulu’s ter­ri­fy­ing The Hand­maid’s Tale, would mark the big­gest break­through in the in­dus­try so far for a stream­ing ser­vice.

Hold­ing out hope for tra­di­tional broad­cast­ers is NBC’s fam­ily drama This Is Us, which would be the first drama se­ries from one of the four main broad­cast­ers to take home the prize since 24 in 2006.

“It is like the last gasp of broad­cast­ing in the top Emmy race,” said vet­eran awards watcher Tom O’Neil, who founded Gold Derby, an awards pre­dic­tion web­site.

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