“Succession,” HBO’s portrait of a dysfunctional media dynasty, gained greatest drama on the 74th Emmy Awards on Monday night time, the second time the sequence has taken the prize.
Jesse Armstrong, the present’s creator, additionally took residence the Emmy for greatest writing, the third time he’s gained in that class. And Matthew Macfadyen gained greatest supporting actor in a drama for the primary time for his efficiency on the present.
It was the sixth time in eight years that HBO has taken the tv business’s greatest prize for a recurring sequence, making it one more triumphant night time for the cable community. HBO, in addition to its streaming service, HBO Max, gained extra Emmys (38) than another outlet, besting its chief rival, Netflix (26).
“The White Lotus,” the cable community’s beloved upstairs-downstairs dramedy that occurred at a Hawaiian resort, gained greatest restricted sequence, and tore by means of a number of different classes. The present gained 10 Emmys altogether, greater than another sequence. Mike White, the present’s creator and director, gained a pair of Emmys for greatest directing and writing. And performers from the present, Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge, each obtained appearing Emmys.
“Mike White, my God, thanks for giving me top-of-the-line experiences of my life,” Bartlett, who performed an off-the-wagon resort supervisor, mentioned from the Emmys stage.
However HBO’s chronicles of the wealthy weren’t the one winners on Monday night time.
“Ted Lasso,” the Apple TV+ sports activities sequence, gained greatest comedy for a second consecutive yr, because the tech large continues on an awards present tear. Apple TV+, which had its debut in November 2019, gained greatest image on the Oscars (“CODA”) earlier this yr. And Jason Sudeikis repeated as greatest actor in a comedy because the fish-out-of-water soccer coach in “Ted Lasso.”
There have been different huge moments within the comedy awards. Quinta Brunson, the creator of the good-natured ABC office sitcom, “Abbott Elementary,” a few group of elementary schoolteachers at an underfunded Philadelphia public college, gained for greatest writing in a comedy. It was solely the second time a Black girl gained the award (Lena Waithe was the primary, in 2017, for “Grasp of None”).
In one of many night time’s most electrical moments, Sheryl Lee Ralph gained greatest supporting actress in a comedy for her function on “Abbott Elementary” as a veteran trainer on the college. Ralph started her Emmys speech by singing “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves, and obtained a standing ovation from the room stuffed with nominees. Her victory was additionally historic: It was solely the second time a Black girl gained the award. The final time was in 1987, when Jackée Harry gained for her function within the NBC sitcom “227.”
This has been essentially the most aggressive Emmys season ever: Submissions for all of the classes surged, and 2022 may be very more likely to set one more document for the best variety of scripted tv sequence.
However there was additionally a way of concern among the many executives, producers and brokers in attendance at Monday night time’s Emmy Awards, that 2022 represents the head of the so-called Peak TV period, which has produced the best variety of scripted tv sequence, practically yearly, for greater than a decade.
Netflix, which misplaced subscribers this yr for the primary time in a decade, has laid off a whole lot of staffers and is reining in its spending. HBO’s father or mother firm, Warner Bros. Discovery, has shelved tasks and is about to put off a major variety of workers. NBC executives are contemplating ending its prime-time lineup at 10 p.m., and handing the hour over to native stations.
Enterprise challenges apart, the night time was principally a feel-good celebration. Zendaya gained her second Emmy by taking greatest actress in a drama for her function as a troubled teen in HBO’s “Euphoria.” Jean Good repeated as one of the best actress in a comedy for her function as a Joan Rivers-like comic in HBO Max’s “Hacks.”
“Squid Recreation,” the blood-splattered, South Korean Netflix sequence, gained a pair of awards: Lee Jung-jae for greatest actor in a drama, and Hwang Dong-hyuk for guiding. These wins represented a significant breakthrough for a overseas language present as tv turns into extra world, and as American audiences are more and more receptive to sequence with subtitles.
Michael Keaton, who performed a small city physician in “Dopesick,” took one of the best actor award in a restricted sequence. And Amanda Seyfried gained greatest actress in a restricted sequence for her well-received efficiency as Elizabeth Holmes in “The Dropout.”
Emmy voters typically have a behavior of discovering a winner, and sticking with it, and this yr was no completely different. John Oliver’s “Final Week Tonight” gained one of the best speak present class for a seventh consecutive yr, and “Saturday Night time Reside” took one of the best selection sketch sequence for a sixth straight yr.
This yr’s ceremony was the primary return to the Microsoft Theater because the pandemic. Producers for the Emmys included a component that it experimented with finally yr’s ceremony, which occurred inside a tent: As a substitute of theater-style seating, nominees have been gathered round tables with bottles of champagne and wine round them.
This yr’s host, Kenan Thompson, the “Saturday Night time Reside” veteran, opened the ceremony in a high hat and led a gaggle of dancers in a weird interpretive dance to theme songs of well-known TV sequence like “Legislation & Order,” “The Brady Bunch” and “Recreation of Thrones.”
Throughout his monologue, Thompson took a dig at Netflix’s current woes.
“If you happen to don’t know what ‘Squid Recreation’ is, it’s the contest you enter if you’re in huge debt and determined for cash,” the host mentioned. “Becoming a member of the forged subsequent season? Netflix.”