The message Emmy Award voters sent with their nominations on Tuesday came through loud and clear: If you want to enjoy the best that TV has to offer, you better get streaming.
After a pandemic-plagued year in which Americans spent countless shelter-in-place hours binge-watching online content, many of those fresh, exciting shows — including “Bridgerton,” “Ted Lasso,” “Hacks,” “WandaVision” and “The Flight Attendant” — were showered with Emmy love on Tuesday.
Just how dominant were the streamers? Of the seven shows nominated for best comedy series, six originated on streaming platforms. Of the eight shows in the race for best drama series, five are from streamers.
Meanwhile, the decline of broadcast network television’s presence at the Emmy party continued with a new low of 102 nominations, compared to 121 last year.
Of course, the rise of the streamers is not entirely new. In 2018, Los Gatos, California-based Netflix made big waves when it surpassed HBO in total Emmy nominations (112-108) and ended the cable channel’s 17-year winning streak as the most-nominated network. And one year earlier, Hulu made history when “The Handmaid’s Tale” became the first streaming series to win the Emmy for top drama series.
On Tuesday, Netflix flexed its muscles again, notching an impressive 129 nominations — a haul that included 24 nods for “The Crown” and 12 for the Regency-era blockbuster drama series “Bridgerton.”
But perhaps the bigger story is that, other — newer — streamers like Apple TV+, Disney+ and HBO Max are getting into the act.
Disney+ collected 71 nominations, including 24 for its “Star Wars” drama series “The Mandalorian” and 23 for freshman Marvel series “WandaVision.” That represents a major jump for Disney+, which scored only 19 nods last year.
Meanwhile, Cupertino, California-based Apple had a lot to crow about. Apple TV+, which launched in the fall of 2019 and has a much smaller overall menu than other streamers, landed 35 Emmy nods.
The Apple haul included 20 nominations for the beloved soccer comedy “Ted Lasso” — the most ever for a freshman comedy. (“Glee” held the previous record with 19 in 2010).
The honors for “Ted Lasso” included Outstanding Comedy Series; Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for Jason Sudeikis; two nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple; and four nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Brendan Hunt, Brett Goldstein, Jeremy Swift and Nick Mohammed.
Apple also earned nominations for nine other programs including “Mythic Quest,” “Central Park,” “Servant,” “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry,” “Boys State,” “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” “Bruce Springsteen’s Letter To You,” “The Year Earth Changed” and “Carpool Karaoke: The Series.”
HBO Max, which launched just last year, collected 36 nominations, including 15 for the Jean Smart comedy series “Hacks” and the Kaley Cuoco murder mystery “The Flight Attendant.” (For the record, regular ol’ HBO — the cable network — scored 94 nominations).
Elsewhere on the streaming front, Hulu earned 25 nominations, including 21 for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu also scored one of the day’s biggest surprises when its delightful, under-the-radar “Pen15” captured a nomination for best comedy series.
Amazon Prime Video had 18 nominations, helped by seven for period miniseries “The Underground Railroad.”
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