‘Succession’ wins Best Drama at the Emmys as HBO wins again

“Succession,” HBO’s portrayal of a dysfunctional media dynasty, won Best Drama at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards Monday night, the second time the series has won the award.

Jesse Armstrong, the show’s creator, also took home an Emmy for Best Writing, the third time he’s won in this category. Matthew McFadden won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for the first time for his performance on the show.

It was the sixth time in eight years that HBO received the television industry’s top award for a recurring series, making it another triumphant night for the cable network. HBO, as well as streaming service HBO Max, has won more Emmys (38) than any other outlet, beating its main competitor Netflix (26).

white lotusThe cable network’s beloved upstairs drama took place at a resort in Hawaii, won Best Limited Series, and shredded several other categories. The series won 10 Emmys in total, more than any other series. Mike White, the show’s creator and director, It won a pair of Emmy Awards for Best Directing and Writing.Showing artists Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Collegeboth earned Emmys acting.

“Mike White, my gosh, thank you for giving me one of the best experiences of my life,” said Bartlett, who played an out-of-the-cart hotel manager, of the Emmys stage.

But HBO Records of the Rich wasn’t the only winner on Monday night.

Ted Lasso”, the Apple TV + sports series, won Best Comedy for the second year in a row, as the tech giant continues its awards show tear. Apple TV+, which debuted in November 2019, won Best Picture at the Academy Awards (“CODA”) earlier this year. Jason Sudeikis repeated the award for Best Actor in a Comedy as the Football Coach in Ted Lasso.

There were other big moments at the Comedy Awards. Quinta Bronson, creator of the sitcom “Abbott Elementary,” about a group of elementary school teachers at an underfunded Philadelphia public school, won the award for best writing in a comedy. This was only the second time a black woman had won the award (Lena Waithe was the first in 2017 for “Master of None”).

In one of the most exciting moments of the night, Sheryl Lee Ralph won Best Supporting Actress In a comedy about her role in “Abbott Elementary” as a veteran school teacher. Ralph began her Emmys speech by singing “Endangered Species” by Diane Reeves, receiving a standing ovation from the room full of nominees. Her victory was also historic: It was only the second time that a black woman had won the award. The last time was in 1987, when Jackie Harry won for her role in the sitcom “227.” on NBC.

This has been the most competitive Emmys season ever: Entries have gone up for all categories, and 2022 is very likely to set another record for the most number of TV series written.

But there was also a sense of concern among the executives, producers and agents attending Monday night’s Emmy Awards that 2022 marked the climax of the so-called era of primetime television, which produced the largest number of written television series, nearly every year, for more than a decade.

Netflix, which lost subscribers This year, for the first time in a decade, it laid off hundreds of employees and reined in its spending. Warner Bros. Discovery, the parent company of HBO, has suspended projects and is on the verge of laying off a significant number of employees. NBC executives are considering ending the prime-time lineup at 10 p.m., and handing the clock over to local stations.

Work challenges aside, the night was often a joyous celebration. Zendaya won her second Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama for her role as a troubled teen in HBO’s Euphoria. Jane Smart recurred as Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as Joan Rivers-style comedian on HBO Max’s Hacks.

The South Korean blood-soaked “Squid Game” series on Netflix has won two awards: Lee Jung-jae for Best Actor in a Drama, and Hwang Dong Hyuk to take it out. These gains represented a major breakthrough for a foreign language show as television became more global, and with American audiences increasingly receptive to series with subtitles.

Michael Keaton, who played a small town doctor in “Dopesick,” won Best Actor in a Limited Series. Amanda Seyfried won Best Actress in a Limited Series for her critically acclaimed performance as Elizabeth Holmes in The Dropout.

Emmy voters often used to find a winner, stick with it, and this year was no different. Director John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” won Best Talk Show for the seventh year in a row, and “Saturday Night Live” won Best Variety Series for the sixth year in a row.

This year’s concert was the first return to the Microsoft stage since the pandemic. Emmys producers incorporated an element they experimented with at last year’s party, which was held inside a tent: Instead of theater-style seating, candidates gathered around tables with bottles of champagne and wine around.

This year’s host, Saturday Night Live veteran Keenan Thompson, opened the party in a top hat and led a group of dancers in a whimsical interpretive dance to songs from popular TV series like “Law & Order,” “The Brady’s Bunch,” and Game of Thrones”.

During his monologue, Thompson researched Netflix’s recent problems.

“If you don’t know what a Squid is, this is the contest you enter when you’re in huge debt and desperate for money,” the host said. “Joining the Cast Next Season? Netflix.”

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