LOS ANGELES: Television industry watchers are expecting past winners to relive old glories Thursday as Hollywood’s awards season kicks into high gear with the announcement of the Emmy nominations.
The Television Academy’s 22,000-plus members were given two weeks in June to sift through a crowded field of several thousand entries for the small-screen equivalent of the Oscars.
Critics agree that it hasn’t been a vintage year for new TV, with very few shows breaking through. Still, perennial favorites have largely delivered and the medium continues to out-innovate cinema.
“As someone who has traditionally been more about movies than TV, the richness of the small screen landscape these days genuinely excites me,” Hollywood entertainment journalist and producer Simon Thompson told AFP.
“It’s taking risks that Hollywood is still hesitant to take, and so far they are paying off.”
Pundits say that while perennial awards darlings like “Saturday Night Live” have been tapped to bag the most trophies come September, the race for the most nominations remains up in the air.
The Emmys recognize shows that were on in the 12 months to May 31, meaning several big-hitters are absent, from “Better Call Saul” to “House of Cards” and “Veep,” shows that have earned almost 100 nominations combined.