HBO Reclaims Primetime Emmy Award Nominations Lead from Netflix

HBO July 16 received a record-breaking 137 Primetime Emmy nominations for the upcoming 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 22. HBO’s previous record was set in 2015 with 126 nominations.

Netflix in 2018 broke HBO’s 17-year nomination crown with 112 noms compared to 108 noms for HBO.

As expected, “Game of Thrones” again led all shows with 32 nominations, the most of any program, while “Chernobyl” received 19 noms, “Barry” received 17 nominations and “Veep,” “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and “True Detective” each received 9 noms.

HBO will soon spearhead WarnerMedia’s pending subscription streaming service, HBO Max.

“Game of Thrones” nominations include Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Kit Harington), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Emilia Clarke), four for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams), three for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage), Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Carice van Houten), three for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, David Nutter, Miguel Sapochnik) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff & D.B. Weiss).

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“Chernobyl” includes Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Jared Harris), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Emily Watson), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Stellan Skarsgård), Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Movie (Johan Renck), and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special (Craig Mazin)

“Barry” includes Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Bill Hader), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Sarah Goldberg), 3 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Anthony Carrigan, Stephen Root, Henry Winkler), 2 for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Alec Berg, Bill Hader) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Alec Berg and Bill Hader).

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” includes Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series (Paul Pennolino), Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Interactive Program.

“True Detective” includes Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Mahershala Ali).

“Veep” includes Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Tony Hale), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Anna Chlumsky), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Peter MacNicol) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (David Mandel)

Deadwood: The Movie is up for Outstanding Television Movie.

Sharp Objects noms include Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Amy Adams) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Patricia Clarkson).

Leaving Neverland includes Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program (Dan Reed).

“Succession” includes Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Adam McKay) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Jesse Armstrong).

Other HBO nominees include “Ballers,” “Brexit,” “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” “Flight of the Conchords: Live In London,” “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch,” “Insecure,” “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” “The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti,” “My Dinner with Hervé,” “The Sentence,” “Song of Parkland” and “When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special.”

In addition, the Cinemax series “Warrior” received a nomination for Outstanding Main Title Design.

HBO June 2019 Slate Includes Several Digital Downloads, One DVD

HBO Home Entertainment has announced a slew of content for digital download in June, plus one title for DVD.

Due on digital June 3 and on DVD June 4 will be Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland, a documentary about the 28-year-old African-American from Chicago who was arrested for a traffic violation in Texas and found three days later hanging from a noose in her jail cell.

Due for digital download June 10 will be Barry: Season 2. Desperate to leave his violent past as an assassin behind in favor of his newfound passion for acting, Barry (Bill Hader) keeps getting dragged back into his old life by a variety of factors.

Also available for digital download June 10 is My Dad Wrote a Porno, a comedy special based on the popular British comedy podcast in which host Jamie Morton reads a chapter from the “Belinda Blinked” series of “erotic” novels, written by his real-life father under the pseudonym “Rocky Flintstone.” Friends of Morton, James Cooper and Alice Levine, join on stage, providing uproarious commentary.

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Due for digital download June 17 is Momentum Generation. In the 1960s, surfing in America was known primarily as a California- and Hawaii-based phenomenon associated with surf instrumentals and Beach Boys songs. Although equipment and skills evolved, the public’s perception of surfing remained constant until the 1990s, when a group of punk rock-loving teens found its way to a house on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. In Momentum Generation, the core members of that crew — including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Taylor Knox, Benji Weatherley, Kalani Robb, Ross Williams, Taylor Steele and Pat O’Connell — tell their story together for the first time.

Also available digitally June 17 is My True Brilliant Friend, a documentary that follows young actresses Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace during the filming of the HBO series “My Brilliant Friend,” based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling book of the same name.

Another June 17 digital release is Home Videos, Jerrod Carmichael’s exploration into aspects of the black experience through interviews with his family. In the first of two specials, Carmichael focuses on the strong black women in his life, returning home to North Carolina, featuring informal, intimate conversations with his family and friends, who speak candidly about subjects such as sex, confidence, beauty standards and feminism.

Coming June 24 for digital download is Chernobyl, a dramatization of the 1986 nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union. The digital release also includes the companion bonus content piece “Pivotal Moment: The Trial,” which explores the climactic trial scene in interviews with director Johan Renck, writer/executive producer Craig Mazin, and stars Emily Watson and Jared Harris.

SVOD Helps Push New Record Ratings for HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’

HBO said the second episode of the eighth and alleged final season of global hit “Game of Thrones” broke the premiere episode’s record-breaking viewer tally across all platforms.

The April 28 episode reached a series high in gross audience for the night, with 17.8 million viewers watching the battle of Winterfell in the episode titled “The Long Night.”

This tally included two linear TV airings from Sunday night and streaming on HBO Now and TV Everywhere app HBO Go. The 9 p.m. airing amassed 12 million viewers, marking a season high for the time period broadcast.

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The previous gross audience high was 17.4 million viewers for the premiere episode, which has now topped 38 million viewers.

Bill Hader in dark comedy ‘Barry’.

Separately, dark comedy “Barry,” starring Bill Hader as a disillusioned hit man, reached a second-season high in both gross audience and initial broadcast with 2.5 million viewers for the night and just over 2 million viewers at 10:30 p.m. That was 5% above the previous high set April 21.

The data includes two linear airings from Sunday night and streaming on HBO Now and HBO Go.

Amazon’s ‘Mrs. Maisel,’ HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead Way at 70th Emmys

For the second year in a row, a show from a streaming service won the Emmy for best series in its category.

While last year Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” won Outstanding Drama Series, this year it was Amazon Video taking the top prize in the Outstanding Comedy Series category with the first season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

“Maisel” ended up with eight Emmys, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Rachel Brosnahan as the title character, and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Alex Borstein (who won another Emmy this year for her voiceover work on Fox’s “Family Guy”).

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Sept. 17 at a televised ceremony in Los Angeles and at the Creative Arts ceremony a week earlier.

Netflix and HBO ended up tied as the top networks with 23 wins apiece.

Outstanding Drama Series again went to HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” this time for its seventh season, which is readily available for digital download or on Blu-ray and DVD.

“Game of Thrones” previously won the Best Drama Series Emmy in 2015 and 2016 for its fifth and sixth seasons, respectively, but a quirk in its production meant the show didn’t air during the 2017 eligibility period, opening the door for “Handmaid’s Tale” to win last year.

“Thrones” won nine Emmys this year, including Peter Dinklage winning his third trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor for the role of Tyrion Lannister (previously won in 2011 and 2015).

FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story won seven Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series. The nine-episode miniseries is available for digital download.

Among some other notable categories, HBO’s “Barry” (on DVD Oct. 2) won Outstanding Actor and Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Bill Hader and Henry Winkler, respectively. Matthew Rhys won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the sixth and final season of FX’s “The Americans,” coming to DVD Oct. 23 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Claire Foy won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for playing Queen Elizabeth II in the second season of Netflix’s “The Crown.” And Thandie Newton won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for season two of HBO’s “Westworld,” which will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 4 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

For a complete list of 2018 winners, visit Emmys.com.

HBO to Issue Season One of ‘Barry’ on DVD Oct. 2

HBO Home Entertainment has set an Oct. 2 DVD-only release date for the first season of the critically acclaimed dark comedy series “Barry.”

The set includes all eight episodes in the series, in which Bill Hader  (“Saturday Night Live,” Trainwreck) portrays the title character, a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest who falls in love with acting while on a job in Los Angeles. Barry’s handler, Fuches (Stephen Root), hires Barry out to the deeply violent Chechen mob, led by Goran Pazar (Glenn Fleshler), and his right-hand man, NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan). Barry’s target is an aspiring actor who is having an affair with Pazar’s wife. When Barry follows his “mark” into an acting class taught by Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler), he is instantly drawn to the group of acting students, particularly Sally (Sarah Goldber). Barry wants to start a new life in this community of eager hopefuls, but his criminal past won’t let him walk away.

Nominated for a total of 13 Emmy Awards, the first season of “Barry” is executive produced by Hader and Emmy nominee Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”). Bonus features on Barry: The Complete First Season include:

  • Invitation to the set: Hader and the cast and crew of “Barry” give viewers an inside look at the comedy series.
  • Inside the Episodes: Eight featurettes dissecting each episode from Hader, Berg, and more.
  • The World of Barry:  Henry Winkler and the rest of the cast introduce the show’s quirky characters.