Stream­ing rules Em­mys; Net­flix snaps HBO streak

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION - By Lynn Elber

LOS AN­GE­LES — When Net­flix snapped HBO’s 17-year streak as Emmy nom­i­na­tions leader, more than brag­ging rights switched hands.

It rep­re­sented the breath­tak­ing change in how au­di­ences get and watch TV.

Es­pe­cially one like Net­flix, whose multi­bil­lion-dol­lar in­vest­ment in pro­gram­ming al­lowed it to rocket Thurs­day to 112 nom­i­na­tions just five years af­ter launch­ing its first orig­i­nal se­ries, House of Cards.

An­other streamed se­ries, Hulu’s The Hand­maid’s Tale, earned 20 nom­i­na­tions and a chance to de­fend its ti­tle as best drama se­ries at the 70th Prime­time Emmy cer­e­mony air­ing Sept. 17 on NBC.

HBO still boasts the year’s most-nom­i­nated se­ries, Game of Thrones (22 nods) and West­world (20), while Net­flix

fielded The Crown (13 nods) and Stranger Things (12). “The more dis­tri­bu­tion plat­forms, the more content’s get­ting cre­ated, the more peo­ple are go­ing to be work­ing. … It’s good news for us in the in­dus­try,” said Maury McIn­tyre, TV academy pres­i­dent.

He said it’s also good news for view­ers, he said, who will “al­ways be able to find some­thing they’re go­ing to like.”

Ted Saran­dos, Net­flix’s chief content of­fi­cer, sa­luted “our creative part­ners on their un­prece­dented suc­cess to­day” in a state­ment not­ing that the nom­i­na­tions were gained across a wide va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing scripted, doc­u­men­tary and com­edy spe­cials.

Broad­cast net­works are tak­ing the hard­est blow, with their rat­ings as well as awards di­min­ish­ing as view­ers search out the more dis­tinc­tive — and edgy — pro­gram­ming on un­reg­u­lated cable and stream­ing out­lets.

Po­lice pro­ce­du­rals and the cur­rent net­work rage for sit­com re­vivals cer­tainly failed to im­press Emmy vot­ers. The short-lived re­vival of

Roseanne, can­celed be­cause of star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet, drew only one ma­jor nom­i­na­tion, a sup­port­ing ac­tress nod for Lau­rie Met­calf. In the drama and come­dies se­ries cat­e­gories, NBC drama This Is Us and ABC sit­com black-ish are the sole net­work con­tenders. NBC topped the broad­cast tally with 78 nom­i­na­tions, fu­eled by 21 bids for Satur­day Night Live, still on a satiric tear against the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Don­ald Glover’s At­lanta was the top com­edy se­ries nom­i­nee with 16 bids, poised to take

ad­van­tage of the ab­sence this time around of three-time win­ner Veep. At­lanta will face new­com­ers in­clud­ing

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, GLOW and Barry. Oth­ers in the cat­e­gory in­clude black-ish, Sil­i­con Val­ley, Curb Your En­thu­si­asm and Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt.

Killing Eve star San­dra Oh made his­tory as the first ac­tress of Asian de­scent to be nom­i­nated for lead act­ing hon­ors in a drama se­ries. Oh had earned five sup­port­ing bids for Grey’s

Anatomy. Among the notable first-time nom­i­nees: Issa Rae for In­se­cure, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin and Pene­lope Cruz for

The As­sas­si­na­tion of Gianni Ver­sace: Amer­i­can Crime Story, Tif­fany Had­dish for Satur­day Night Live, Leti­tia Wright for Black Mu­seum (Black Mir­ror) and John

Leg­end for Je­sus Christ Su­per­star Live in Con­cert.

If Leg­end wins, he’ll join the rar­i­fied club of “EGOT” per­form­ers who’ve won an Emmy, Grammy, Os­car and Tony.

HBO’s Game of Thrones isa two-time best drama win­ner.

It drew only three sup­port­ing ac­tor bids for cast mem­bers Lena Headey, Niko­laj Coster-Wal­dau and Peter Din­klage.

The Hand­maid’s Tale, the dystopian sci-fi se­ries based on Mar­garet At­wood’s novel, drew 20 bids, in­clud­ing one for last year’s best ac­tress win­ner, Elis­a­beth Moss, and sup­port­ing bids for Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Stra­hovski and Joseph Fi­ennes.

Other drama se­ries con­tenders are West­world and The Amer­i­cans, nom­i­nated for its fi­nal sea­son and with nods for stars Keri Rus­sell and Matthew Rhys.

Com­pet­ing with Moss, Oh and Rus­sell for lead drama ac­tress are Claire Foy for The Crown, Ta­tiana Maslany of Or­phan Black and Evan Rachel Wood of West­world.

Peter Din­klage

San­dra Oh

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