2019 Emmy nominations talking points: HBO back on top, ‘Game Of Thrones’ rules

Screen | 7/16/2019 | Staff
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Last year, Netflix became the first streaming service to lead the Emmy nominations field on 112 nods compared to the 108 for long-time Emmy champ HBO. This year, Netflix was tipped by some to beat HBO’s nominations record of 126 set in 2015 but thanks largely to Game Of Thrones, the premium cable network regained its crown, with an impressive 137 nods to Netflix’s 117.

The streamer could still unseat its Emmy rival when the awards are handed out in September – last year the two companies tied on 23 wins each – but the odds now appear to be in HBO’s favour, at least for one more year.

Game - Record - Tally - Nods - Actors

Game’s record tally of 32 nods, including nine for actors alone, beat a record set by broadcast drama NYPD Blue back in 1994 and puts the just-concluded blockbuster on course to beat its own single-year record of 12 wins, achieved in 2015 and 2016.

HBO was also boosted, though, by limited series Chernobyl, which grabbed 19 nominations after its late entry into the Emmy field, and comedy series Barry, earning 17 nominations for its second season. Netflix’s top ranking show was limited series When They See Us on 16 nominations.

Streamers - Gain - Cable - Loss

Streamers’ gain, cable’s loss?

In spite of the once-in-a-primetime phenomenon of Game Of Thrones, Netflix still increased its nomination tally. And rival streamer Amazon made a huge gain, clocking up 47 nominations compared to last year’s 22. Hulu, on the other hand, was down from 27 to 20.

Cable - Network - Contenders - FX - Slide

Among other cable network contenders, FX saw its total slide from 50 last year to 32 this time around, and Showtime had to be content with 18 nods compared to last year’s 21. Leading broadcast network NBC was down from 78 to 58.

Netflix could regain some sparkle by taking one of the coveted best series Emmys – to date...
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