HBO Tops Netflix for 2020 Emmy Award Wins With 30, Led by ‘Watchmen’

Netflix entered the virtual 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 20 with 160 nominations compared to 107 noms for HBO. In the end, the pay-TV/SVOD brand emerged victorious in the annual two-race contest, scoring 30 Emmys, led by dystopian thriller “Watchmen” with 11 trophies, including best limited series and best actress in a limited series (Regina King). HBO’s haul included 19 wins in the Creative Emmys held through Sept. 19 — a tally rivaled by Netflix, which ended Sunday evening with 21 total Emmys.

Julia Gardner picked up an Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama for Netflix’s “Ozark,” while Maria Shrader won best director for a limited series for “Unorthodox.” Meanwhile actress Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) made Emmy history as the youngest-ever winner (best actress in a drama) for HBO’s “Euphoria” — which won three awards total.

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HBO’s “Succession” won best drama series award and best actor in a drama with Jeremy Strong, among other seven total Emmy wins. Apple TV+ scored its first Primetime Emmy with Billy Crudup winning best supporting actor in a drama for “The Morning Show.”

Amazon Prime Video was shut out of the Primetime Emmys, while winning four Creative Emmys for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The streamer won 15 Emmys in 2019 led by “Maisel” and “Fleabag.”

Finally, Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” won nine Emmys, while Disney+’s breakout hit, “The Mandalorian,” won seven awards. Other multiple winners included HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with four Emmys, including best variety talk series; NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with six wins, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with six Emmys, including best competition series.

HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Dominates 2020 TCA Awards

HBO, spearheaded by the original limited series “Watchmen,” led the 36th annual Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards, winning six overall awards in the showcase honoring the best programs and performances from the 2019-20 TV season. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the TCA Awards were held virtually.

HBO doubled its win total from 2019 as the network was driven by “Watchmen,” which captured four awards, including an Individual Achievement In Drama honor for series star Regina King; Outstanding Movie, Miniseries, or Special; Outstanding New Program; and the Program of the Year award, for taking the established mythos of the Watchmen graphic novel with a story that paid homage to the original source. HBO also scored victories with the media dynasty tale “Succession,” which won the award for Outstanding Achievement In Drama, and first-year comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” which earned Outstanding Achievement In Sketch/Variety Show.

The winners were determined by votes cast by the TCA’s network of more than 250 TV critics and journalists in the United States and Canada. The 2020 TCA Awards put the spotlight on a diverse lineup of stars and series across 13 categories, including Program of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming, Individual Achievement in Drama, Outstanding Achievement in News & Information, Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows, and Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming, as well as the prestigious Heritage Award and Career Achievement Award, among others.

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Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” earned awards for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and Individual Achievement in Comedy for Catherine O’Hara. ESPN’s Michael Jordan-focused docuseries The Last Dance hoisted the trophy for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information; Netflix’s college pep squad profile “Cheer” landed Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming; and PBS Kids’ Peabody Award-winning animated series “Molly Of Denali” added Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming to its growing collection of accolades.

Additionally, TCA awarded the Heritage Award to Gene Roddenberry’s landmark 1966 sci-fi epic “Star Trek,” in recognition of the groundbreaking series which brought the future to life — illustrating a vision that is equal parts hopeful and cautious as it explored issues such as bigotry, religion, politics, sexism, and human rights through stories of love, war, intrigue, and adventure in outer space — with the help of a strong cast that was among the first to feature an African-American in a significant leading role.

The TCA also presented television veteran Alex Trebek with the Career Achievement Award, honoring the seven-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Game Show Host, Guinness World Record-holder, Hollywood and Canadian Walk Of Fame recipient, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall Of Fame inductee, philanthropist, and long-time host of the Peabody Award-winning game show “Jeopardy!” for his unparalleled legacy as one of television’s most enduring personalities.

“Entertainment and culture are intertwined and in this challenging year, never has that intersection been more crucial as both a mirror to examine tough reflections and a rabbit hole to escape the noise and scares outside our homes,” Sarah Rodman, TCA President and executive editor at Entertainment Weekly, said in a statement, adding the 2019-20 television season was both a “challenge and a balm.”

“We are excited to see what the future of television has in store, and we look forward to celebrating in-person next year as we come together to honor this medium that means so much to all of us,” she said.

2020 TCA Award recipients included:

  • Individual Achievement In Drama: Regina King (Watchmen, HBO)
  • Individual Achievement In Comedy: Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek, Pop TV)
  • Outstanding Achievement In News and Information: The Last Dance (ESPN)
  • Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming: Cheer (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Achievement In Youth Programming: Molly of Denali (PBS Kids)
  • Outstanding Achievement In Sketch/Variety Shows: A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
  • Outstanding New Program: Watchmen (HBO)
  • Outstanding Achievement In Movie, Miniseries, Or Special: Watchmen (HBO)
  • Outstanding Achievement In Drama: Succession (HBO)
  • Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)
  • Program of the Year: Watchmen (HBO)
  • Career Achievement Honoree: Alex Trebek
  • Heritage Award: Star Trek (CBS)

HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ on Disc June 2

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the HBO limited series Watchmen on Blu-ray Disc and DVD June 2. All nine episodes are already available for purchase through digital retailers.

The series is a sequel to the 1986 comic book by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, which examined the effect that costumed vigilante “superheroes” would have on an alternate reality. HBO’s continuation is not related to the 2009 film adaptation of the comic book.

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The follow-up, from executive producer Damon Lindelof, centers on a conspiracy involving racial tensions in Tulsa, Okla. The cast includes Regina King, Jean Smart, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Hong Chau, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Tom Mison, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Louis Gossett Jr. and Jeremy Irons.

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The home video edition offers more than 90 minutes of bonus content, including the featurettes “Watchmen: Unmasked,” “Watchmen: Masked and Dangerous,” “Becoming Sister Night,” “Watchmen: Alternate History,” “It’s Raining Squids,” “Squid Shelter with Tim Blake Nelson,” “Andrij Parekh on Directing,” “Sadiqua Bynum runs, jumps and falls for Sister Night,” “Glimpses – The Visual Effects of Watchmen” and “Anatomy of a Fight Scene,” plus a Rorschach featurette; footage from the 2019 New York Comic Con; the first-season trailer; character trailers for Sister Night, Blond Man and Looking Glass; and notes from the Watchmen graphic novel artist Dave Gibbons.

Extras exclusive to the Blu-ray and DVD versions include the featurettes “Hooded Justice” and “The Colossal King — Adrian Veidt.” The Blu-ray also includes a digital copy of the show.


HBO: ‘Watchmen’ Series Premiere Topped 1.5 Million Households

HBO’s new series “Watchmen,” based in part on the graphic novel and 2009 Warner Bros./Paramount movie, drew an average of 1.5 million households across pay-TV, the HBO Now streaming and the HBO Go on-demand VOD service.

The WarnerMedia property, which will showcase a branded HBO Max subscription streaming VOD service in early 2020, said the initial pay-TV broadcast attracted more than 800,000 viewers.

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HBO claimed the viewership data was the strongest for an original premiere episode since the “Westworld” debut in 2016.

The series, which air Sundays at 9 p.m., features Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Jean Smart, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Frances Fisher and Sara Vickers, among others.