The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominees will be announced tomorrow Thursday, July 14. Many different news media have already speculated the possible nominees for the annual show that will be held on September 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
TV host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host the ceremony that attempts to honor the best prime time television programming in the U.S., broadcasted from June 1, 2015, until May 31, 2016.
Since 2001, HBO network has been the most nominated one at the Emmys, achieving 126 nominations, and a record-breaking 12 awards last year. But this time, with streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu joining the competition, winning seems more challenging for TV networks. Nevertheless, because of HBO’s broad range of genres, it may have a better chance than rival networks.
Streaming services are a strong competition for TV networks
With the rising popularity of streaming services with original content, it seems inevitable that they will take places that previously belonged exclusively to TV networks. Some television critics are predicting that streaming platforms represent fierce competitors, along with premium cable.
Online streaming services appear to offer facilities and fresh content that networks have not reached yet. With the word-of-mouth power of the internet, streaming platforms like Netflix have become widely popular, taking over lots of audiences from conventional networks.
Year after year, it is common that nominees repeat
Consisting of 19,000 members, the Television Academy decides the best series and characters from series broadcasted on the last 12 months. As series come and go, nominations may vary, but series that have running seasons during several years are likely to receive nominations another year, as long as it had maintained its quality.
Most likely nominees include the favorites “Game of Thrones”, “House of Cards”, “Homeland” and “Orange is the New Black”.
“Breaking Bad’s” spinoff “Better Call Saul” broadcasted a successful second season. Last year it was nominated for seven awards, and it is expected to maintain and even increase that number, competing in the drama category with “Game of Thrones” and “House of Cards.”
While “The Good Wife” and “Downtown Abbey” broadcasted their lasts seasons earlier this year, they are highly opting for nominations. “Downton Abbey” earned eight nominations last year, although it only won a single award. “The Good Wife”
Newcomer and critically acclaimed USA’s “Mr. Robot” already won a Golden Globe, so it is possible that it earns it first Emmy Awards nomination, along with FX’s “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Lifetime’s “UnREAL” may also be facing nominations from the Television Academy.
In the comedy category, “Veep” and “Blackish” seem to have plenty opportunity
As for streaming services, their strongest proposals could include Netflix’s “Master of None”, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and Amazon’s “Transparent.”
“Black-ish” Anthony Anderson and “Gilmore Girls” Lauren Graham will present the nominations on Thursday at the Television Academy in Los Angeles, live on Good Morning America. The second round voting will be from August 15 to August 29.