‘The Crown,’ ‘Ted Lasso’ Lead Streamer Sweep of Major Emmys

The Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 19 saw streaming services win most of the major awards, with Netflix taking two of the three top Outstanding Series trophies at the ceremony telecast from Los Angeles and London on CBS.

The fourth season of Netflix’s “The Crown” swept the drama series categories, taking not only the top award, but also all four acting categories as well as writing and directing.

Acting trophies went to Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II for Lead Actress, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles for Lead Actor, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip for Supporting Actor, and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher for Supporting Actress.

“The Crown” also won four awards at the Sept. 11-12 Creative Arts Emmys ceremonies, bringing its total to 11 — among them, Claire Foy, who played the queen in the first two seasons, won Outstanding Guest Actress for reprising the role in a flashback cameo. Season four of “The Crown” arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Nov. 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit also ended up with 11 total Emmy wins, taking two from the Sept. 19 ceremony, including Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, and for directing.

It was Netflix’s first wins for both Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Limited Series.

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Apple TV+ also scored big with “Ted Lasso” winning Outstanding Comedy Series and three of the four acting awards — Jason Sudeikis for Lead Actor, Hannah Waddingham for Supporting Actress, and Brett Goldstein for Outstanding Supporting Actor. It won a total of seven trophies, including three Emmys from the technical categories a week earlier.

HBO’s Mare of Easttown won the bulk of the Limited or Anthology Series categories Sept. 19, with Kate Winslet winning Lead Actress, Evan Peters winning Supporting Actor, and Julianne Nicholson winning Supporting Actress. It had four total Emmys. Mare of Easttown arrived on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 14.

HBO Max’s “Hacks” won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Jean Smart, as well as comedy series writing and directing.

Disney+ content was largely shut out of the Sept. 19 awards, though it did win Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) for Hamilton, the filmed version of the famed stage musical.

A week earlier, Disney+ had won 13 Emmys, bringing its total for the year to 14. Its Creative Arts wins included three for “WandaVision,” the first Emmys for Marvel Studios — including Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the popular song “Agatha All Along.”

Meanwhile, “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” won seven trophies in the technical categories.

Netflix ended up with 44 Emmys this year, compared with 19 for HBO/HBO Max, and Apple TV+ with 10. HBO Max won its first Emmy Sept. 12 with Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for “The Flight Attendant.”

NBC was the top broadcast Network with eight, all for “Saturday Night Live.”

Parrot Research: Demand for Emmy-Nominated Titles Has Grown Over Past Five Years

The average U.S. audience demand for TV series nominated for five or more major Emmys has grown 65.5% in the last half decade, according to new data from Parrot Analytics.

The demand for top Emmy nominees has grown from 11.3 times more in-demand than the average show in 2017 to 18.7 times more in-demand for this year’s top nominees.

In 2017 Emmy voters rewarded more character-focused drama and comedy series such as “Veep,” “Silicon Valley” and “Better Call Saul.” While these series did have loyal fanbases, they only cracked the lower levels of Parrot’s “Outstanding” category of audience demand.

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With Disney+’s “WandaVision” and “The Mandalorian” racking up a combined 13 major Emmy nominations (and 46 overall) and Amazon Prime’s “The Boys” getting a nom for Best Drama, 2021 is by far the Emmys’ most crowd-pleasing year of the streaming era, according to Parrot.

“Emmy voters have traditionally stuck with the same series and talent year after year when it comes to nominations, even if those shows or talent don’t win,” said Parrot Analytics senior strategy analyst Julia Alexander. “But the proliferation of streaming and increase in audience demand for genre shows across new platforms have become seemingly impossible for the Academy to ignore.”

NATAS to Honor Dolby With Tech Emmy

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that Dolby will be honored with a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for its contributions to dynamic metadata for optimal high-dynamic-range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) color volume mapping at the upcoming 72nd Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards.

“HDR has changed the way consumers experience films and TV shows at home and on the go,” according to a Dolby press release. “Dolby’s innovations in HDR dynamic metadata and WCG enable advanced HDR solutions, like Dolby Vision, to consistently deliver the best imaging experience possible across a wide variety of consumer devices — from TVs to smartphones. As one of history’s biggest advancements in picture quality, HDR with dynamic metadata and WCG is pushing the entertainment industry forward by providing millions of consumers around the world access to lifelike picture quality.”

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“Over a decade ago, we set out to transform entertainment through advancements in HDR. These innovations, brought to life as Dolby Vision, provide creatives the tools to tell their stories as they were imagined while allowing consumers to experience these stories in the best quality possible,” Giles Baker, SVP of consumer entertainment at Dolby Laboratories, said in a statement. “We are honored and humbled to be recognized by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for these contributions, which have pushed picture quality forward by leaps and bounds.”

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Since its introduction in 2014, Dolby Vision dynamic metadata has allowed creatives to capture, preserve, and share their artistic expression with consumers exactly as it was intended, according to the release. Dolby Vision-enabled devices come from manufacturers such as Amazon, Apple, LG, Microsoft, Sony, TCL, Vizio and others. Thousands of films and TV episodes have been created in Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision content is also delivered to consumers via streaming services such as Apple TV+, Disney+, Netflix, Vudu and Tencent.

Dolby has also created Dolby Vision IQ, which extends the benefits of Dolby Vision beyond HDR by leveraging the ambient light sensor within a TV and Dolby Vision dynamic metadata to “intelligently deliver a perfect picture in any room, for every moment,” according to the release. Outside of film and TV, Dolby Vision is also used in next-gen gaming, live sports and user-generated content.

Complete ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Collection to Bow on DVD Nov. 10

Schitt’s Creek: The Complete Collection will come out DVD Nov. 10 from Lionsgate.

The irreverent character-driven comedy centers on the reversal-of-fortune story of the once filthy-rich Rose family. Suddenly finding themselves broke, the Roses are forced to rebuild their empire in Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once purchased as a joke. As the seasons go on, we see the family thrive in a place they begin to call home, ready to take their personal relationships, business pursuits and, for some, exit strategies, to the next level.

The show received 19 Emmy nominations during its run, with 15 for its sixth season, setting a record for most nominations for a comedy series in its final season. At the 2020 ceremony, “Schitt’s Creek” became the first Canadian show to win the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, for its sixth and final season. In doing so, it also became the first ongoing series to sweep all four acting categories — Eugene Levy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Catherine O’Hara for Lead Actress, Daniel Levy for Supporting Actor, and Annie Murphy for Supporting Actress — plus the awards for writing and directing, en route to nine total wins (it also won for Casting and Contemporary Costumes).

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The cast also includes Chris Elliott, Emily Hampshire, Jenn Robertson, Sarah Levy and John Hemphill.

DVD special features include deleted scenes, bloopers, featurettes, outtakes, “Behind the Episode” segments, and “A Schitt’s Creek Farewell” documentary.

‘Fleabag’ Star, Creator Inks Amazon Studios Production Deal

Fresh off its surprise six Emmy wins, episodic series “Fleabag” creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge has signed a production deal with Amazon Studios.

Waller-Bridge’s breakout hit won Outstanding Comedy Series, with the actress also picking up Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series as well.

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“As evident in her great success at the Emmy Awards this week, [Waller-Bridge] is clever, brilliant, generous and a virtuoso on multiple fronts, including writing, acting and producing,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement.

Waller-Bridge is no newcomer to industry accolades. She was the writer and showrunner of the first season of BBC America’s award-winning (BAFTA, Peabody) series “Killing Eve,” starring Sandra Oh.

The show also earned Waller-Bridge — a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts — Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for writing. Oh won a Golden Globe for her performance in the series.

Notably, Waller-Bridge appeared as a droid in Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.

She has also joined the writing team for the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, starring Daniel Craig and directed by Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”).

 

HBO, Streamers Nearly Sweep 2019 Primetime Emmys

In the latest indicator that the subscription model has all but conquered the television landscape as far as the prescription for quality programming goes, HBO and a handful of SVOD services won 21 of the 27 categories awarded during the televised Emmys ceremony Sept. 22.

HBO led with nine wins, including Outstanding Drama Series for the final season of “Game of Thrones,” the fourth time the series captured that crown. Peter Dinklage also won his fourth Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy.

The pay-TV network, of course, pioneered the model of leveraging prestige programming to garner subscribers, albeit as an add-on to cable packages decades before the internet would allow SVOD services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video to adopt the practice as well (and for HBO to offer its own SVOD app).

Another big winner for HBO was the miniseries Chernobyl, a harrowing account of the eponymous nuclear disaster of 1986 and the inherent corruption of socialist bureaucracies in both the cause of and response to the crisis. It won for Outstanding Limited Series as well as directing and writing in the limited series/TV movie categories.

Among additional HBO wins, Bill Hader won his second Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series trophy for “Barry,” “Succession” won for drama series writing, and “ Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” won for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and for variety series writing.

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The show with the biggest haul was Amazon Prime Video’s “Fleabag,” with four trophies, including Outstanding Comedy Series. The show, about the adventures of a sexually aggressive woman living in London, was created by and stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and for writing the show. It also won an Emmy for directing.

Prime Video had seven wins for the night, also taking Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Ben Whishaw in A Very English Scandal, while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won Outstanding Comedy Series Supporting Actor and Actress for Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein, respectively (with Borstein repeating her win from last year).

Netflix won for Outstanding Television Movie for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the famed interactive film with the “choose-your-own-adventure” narrative that allowed the viewer to pick which action the main character should take at several points throughout the story. and

Also adding to Netflix’s tally of four were two trophies for “Ozark,” with Julie Garner pulling in a surprising Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series win, and series star Jason Bateman winning for directing the episode “The Gold Coast.” Netflix’s When They See Us won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Jharrel Jerome,

Hulu’s lone trophy came for Patricia Arquette winning Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for “The Act.”

Sticking things out in the basic cable camp, FX shows won a pair of Emmys, with Michelle Williams taking Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for playing Gwen Verdon in FX’s Fosse/Verdon, and Billy Porter being named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for “Pose.” VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” won Outstanding Competition Program, while Jodie Comer won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the second season of BBC America’s “Killing Eve,”

And still carrying the flag for broadcast television was NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which managed wins for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and variety directing.

Amazon Bows ‘Critically Acclaimed’ Page Showcasing Globally Nominated, Winning Movies and TV Shows

Amazon has developed a niche revenue stream endorsing third-party over-the-top video services through its Prime Channels platform. Now, the e-commerce behemoth has launched a page/link highlighting original and third-party movies and TV shows garnering the industry recognition worldwide.

Dubbed “Critically Acclaimed,” the page showcases movies and TV shows nominated for, and winners of the Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys, Golden Lion (Italy), Filmfare (India), BAFTA (United Kingdom), Sundance, Golden Bear (Germany), Cannes (France), Golden Leopard (Switzerland), and European Film Academy recognition.

Separately, Amazon released its January slate of new series and movies available for rent, purchase and streaming on Prime Video.

Available for purchase:

Jan. 8

The Old Man & The Gun

Available for streaming:

Jan. 13

“True Detective, Season 3,” HBO

“Vera, Season 9,” Britbox

Jan. 14

“Victoria, Season 3,” PBS Masterpiece

Jan. 17

“Star Trek: Discovery, Season 2,” CBS All Access

January 20

“Crashing, Season 3,” HBO

“High Maintenance, Season 3,” HBO

“SMILF, Season 2,” Showtime

“Shameless, Season 9,” Showtime

“Black Monday, Season 1,” Showtime

Jan. 21

 “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition, Season 2,” CBS All Access

New series on Prime Video:

Jan. 1

 “The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. Season 1b” (Prime Original series),

“Breaking Big, Season 1”

“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Seasons 1, 5-19”

“First Civilizations, Season 1”

“Frontline, Season 36”

“Nova Wonders, Season 1”

Movies:

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Alpha Dog (2006)

Brazil (1985)

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II (2018)

Going to War (2018)

Jane Eyre (2011)

Reprisal (2018)

Rwanda: The Royal Tour (2018)

The Art of the Shine (2018)

The Jazz Ambassadors (2018)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

 Jan. 3

Leave No Trace (2018)

Jan. 4

Beautiful Boy (Prime Original movie)

Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Jan. 11

“Informer,Season 2” (Prime Original series)

Jan. 12

Final Score

Jan. 13

Eighth Grade (2018)

Jan. 16

The Debt (2010)

Jan. 18

 “The Grand Tour, Season 3” (Prime Original series)

Jan. 19

Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

Jan. 25

“Four More Shots Please! Season 1” (Prime Original series)

Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014)

Jan. 29

“Endeavour, Season 5”

 

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.