‘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.”

Streaming Series ‘The Crown,’ ‘The Mandalorian’ Top Emmy Awards Nominations

Streaming series dominated nominations for the 73rd Emmy Awards, with “The Crown” (Netflix) and “The Mandalorian” (Disney+) leading the pack, with 24 program nominations each, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced July 13.

Awards were announced during a live virtual ceremony hosted by father-daughter duo Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) from Los Angeles and Jasmine Cephas Jones (“Blindspotting”) from New York, joined by Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma.

Other leading series nominees include Disney+ limited series “WandaVision,” with 23 noms; Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Saturday Night Live,” each with 21; Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso,” with 20;  HBO/HBO Max’s “Lovecraft Country” and Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit,” each with 18; and HBO’s “Mare of Easttown,” with 16. Less than two weeks earlier, HBO announced it would not renew “Lovecraft Country” for a second season.

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HBO/HBO Max garnered the most nominations, with 130. Netflix had the second-most nominations (129), with Disney+ at No. 3, with 71, and NBC in fourth place, with 46.

“Television has provided a lifeline for so many around the globe this year, delivering a constant source of entertainment, information and inspiration during some of our most difficult days,” Scherma said. “We are thrilled to honor the diversity of storytelling in television today by recognizing talented artists, programs, producers, directors and craftspeople throughout our industry and celebrating their commitment to this extraordinary medium.”

“Bridgerton,” “Lovecraft Country” and “The Boys” are new to the Outstanding Drama Series category, joining returning nominees “Pose,” “The Crown,” “The Mandalorian,” “This Is Us” and previous category winner “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Seventy-five percent of this year’s nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series are new to the category, including “Cobra Kai,” “Emily in Paris,” “Hacks,” “Pen15,” “Ted Lasso” and “The Flight Attendant.” Returning favorites include “Black-ish” and “The Kominsky Method.”

In total, there were 44 first-time performer nominations across the lead, supporting, guest and short form categories this season.

Jonathan Majors, Josh O’Connor and Regé-Jean Page received their first-ever Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, joining previous Emmy winners in this category Sterling K. Brown, Billy Porter and Matthew Rhys. Emma Corrin, Jurnee Smollett and Mj Rodriguez received their first nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, while previous Emmy winner Uzo Aduba was nominated for the first time in this category. They were joined by returning nominee Olivia Colman and previous Emmy winner in this category Elisabeth Moss.

Kaley Cuoco received her first-ever Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, while previous Emmy winner Jean Smart and previous Emmy nominee Aidy Bryant were nominated for the first time in this category. They joined previous Emmy nominee Tracee Ellis Ross and Emmy winner Allison Janney. Jason Sudeikis received his first-ever Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, while previous Emmy winner Kenan Thompson was nominated for the first time in this category. They joined six-time nominee in the category Anthony Anderson, along with previous Emmy winners Michael Douglas and William H. Macy.

Individuals with multiple nominations this year included David Attenborough, Sterling K. Brown, Aidy Bryant, Bo Burnham, Steven Canals, Dave Chapelle, Michaela Coel, Jon Favreau, Derek Hough, Brendan Hunt, Maya Rudolph, Jean Smart, Jason Sudeikis and Kenan Thompson.

The complete list of Emmy nominations, as compiled by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP, and other Academy news is available at Emmys.com.

The 73rd Emmy Awards will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. The Emmys will be broadcast on Sept. 19, 8-11 p.m. live ET and 5-8 p.m., live PT, on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. The 2021 Creative Arts Awards will be broadcast on Sept. 18  at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FXX.

PVOD, TVOD, Here I Come!

This month’s cover story in the February 2021 issue of Media Play News could’ve been written about me. I love movies. I’m prone to binge-watching episodic series. And I enjoy weird documentaries and concert videos.

Since I tend to be a Type A control freak, I like to be in charge of what I watch and when I watch it. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone that I haven’t watched any broadcast TV at all since Election Night last November.

I also enjoy going to the movies, mostly for the thrill of watching something new, something fresh, something most people haven’t seen yet. So when theaters were shuttered — and here in California, they’re still dark — I jumped at the chance to watch new movies in my family room, even if it would set me back $20. Being a man of a certain age, I passed on Trolls World Tour, but the lure of Scoob! and childhood memories of my Saturday morning cartoon marathons made the Warner release my very first PVOD purchase. I wasn’t disappointed, and since then I’ve probably watched at least a half dozen other premium VOD releases – drawn, again, by the thrill of being among the first to see it.

At the same time, I’ve been buying and renting much more frequently, both digitally and on disc. I’m as addicted to Netflix as the next guy, but maybe being in the industry makes me a little more aware than most people about all the great content I’m missing that’s not available on Netflix or the other streamers.

So during the past 11 months (has it really been almost a year?) of this never-ending COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve rented and bought dozens of movies, new and old, and at the same time made numerous trips to my DVD/Blu-ray Disc room to pull out favorites from my personal collection.

I just finished watching all six “Rocky” movies on Blu-ray Disc with my middle son. We tried starting the “Rambo” series, but the discs are damaged so I just placed an order for a new set of “Rambo” Blu-rays for $25.

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Before that, I had a nostalgic moment and pulled out my Incredible Mr. Limpet DVD, the first movie I saw in the theater.

My youngest son and I watched all six years of “The Sopranos” on Blu-ray Disc — his first time, and my third — and after that we went on a gangster movie binge. We watched the first two “Godfather” movies from my library, bought the new edit of the third film in the series, Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, on Blu-ray Disc from Amazon, and rented several other movies, including Goodfellas and Casino, digitally through Redbox On Demand.

My wife, meanwhile, raced through The Queen’s Gambit and “Designated Survivor” on Netflix and, before that, “Outlander” on Hulu.

I’ll join her, eventually, since there is an awful lot of great programming I’d like to get back to — including season 3 of “Ozark,” although by now it’s been so long I’ll probably have to watch the first two seasons again just to figure out what’s going on.

But until movie theaters reopen, I’m going to keep bringing the theater into my home.

Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Remains Atop Nielsen Weekly SVOD Chart

Netflix’s award-winning original series “The Crown” finished at No. 1 on Nielsen’s weekly chart of the most-viewed SVOD programs on TV in the United States for the period of Nov. 16 to 22. The fourth season of the series showcasing Queen Elizabeth II, portrayed by Olivia Colman, generated 3.35 billion minutes viewed across the show’s 40 episodes.

The previous Nielsen record for minutes streamed in a week belonged to Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” with 3 billion.

“The Crown” knocked from the top spot Netflix’s chess-themed original, “The Queen’s Gambit,” which had 1.09 billion minutes across seven episodes. Former NBC sitcom “The Office” remained on the podium at No. 3 with 1.06 billion minutes streamed across 192 episodes. The series leaves Netflix at the end of the year for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max.

Notably, the Disney+”Star Wars” spinoff “The Mandalorian” dropped to No. 4 despite increasing streamed minutes to 939 million across 12 episodes, from 873 million minutes across 11 episodes the week before.

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Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Remains Atop Nielsen Weekly SVOD Chart

The original series “The Queen’s Gambit” is paying off for Netflix as the series starring Anya Taylor-Joy remained on top of Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 subscription streamed video shows on television through Nov. 15. The seven-episode series generated 1.37 billion minutes streamed, down about 5% from 1.45 billion minutes during the previous week.

Other podium spots included Disney+ original series “The Mandalorian” at No. 3 with 873 million minutes across 11 episodes — down almost 9% from 955 million minutes during the previous-week period. Former NBC sitcom “The Office” finished No. 2 with 1.08 billion minutes across 192 episodes. That was down just slightly from 1.09 billion minutes in the previous week. The series leaves Netflix Jan. 1, 2021 for its new exclusive home on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service.

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Netflix again dominated the chart, grabbing nine of the 10 spots largely on the backs of network television shows such as “Greys Anatomy,” NCIS” and “The Blacklist,” among others.

“The story this week is about royalty,” Brian Fuhrer, SVP of product strategy at Nielsen, said in a webcast alluding to the chess series and “The Crown.” Fuhrer said 23 million unique viewers have streamed “Gambit” since its launch on Oct. 23. “It’s continuing to resonate,” he said.

Fuhrer said the story of that week included expanding the audience for “The Crown,” which saw 66% of viewers above the age of 55.

“Most of ‘The Crown’ audience has been younger, but with [with the older demo] that’s a really effective tool at crossing over and bringing in audiences that don’t traditionally watch SVOD, as well as a ‘gateway drug’ for Netflix.”

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

Nielsen: ‘The Mandalorian’ Weekly Streaming Minutes Decline

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.