rainn.png
Thursday February 2nd, 2023 7:33PM

'Squid Game,' 'Succession,' 'Ted Lasso' vie for Emmy Awards

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy Awards host Kenan Thompson and the ceremony's producers are promising a feel-good event — a phrase not applicable to several of the top nominated shows.

The best drama contenders include the violently dystopian “Squid Game,” bleak workplace satire “Severance” and “Succession,” about a powerful and cutthroat family. Even comedy nominee “Ted Lasso," the defending champ, took a storytelling dark turn.

But after several pandemic-constrained awards seasons, Monday's 74th Primetime Emmy Awards (airing 8 p.m. EDT on NBC, streaming on Peacock) will be big and festive, executive producers Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart said.

They're actually taking a page from last year's scaled-down ceremony and its club-style table seating for nominees.

“They had a ball. They had a party. They celebrated themselves,” Stewart said, recalling a comment made by actor Sophia Bush at the evening's end: “Oh, my God, I actually had fun at the Emmys.”

The tables will be back and again reserved for nominees — and their “significants,” Stewart said — but there will be some 3,000 other guests seated traditionally in the temporarily reconfigured 7,000-seat Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

“When the nominees are having a great time that translates on screen," Hudlin said, citing the “passionate, touching” speeches delivered by winners.

Thompson, the veteran “Saturday Night Live” cast member taking his first turn as Emmys host, said he wants to enjoy the ceremony and make sure others do.

“This should be a night of appreciating artistry and creativity and removing the stress of it all out. I get it — it sucks to lose, and everybody’s picking outfits and trying to do the red carpet thing,” Thompson said. “But at the same time, it’s an awesome thing to be in the room on Emmys night, and I don’t want that to get lost in the stress.”

He doesn't expect anything mirroring the Will Smith-Chris Rock confrontation that cast a shadow over the Oscars earlier this year, Thompson said.

Although HBO's “Succession," which won the best drama series award in 2020, and “Ted Lasso” from Apple TV+ are considered the frontrunners for top series honors, there's potential for surprises. Netflix's “Squid Game," a global sensation, would be the first non-English language drama series to win an Emmy.

On the comedy side, ABC's acclaimed newcomer “Abbott Elementary” could become the first broadcast show to win the best comedy award since the network's “Modern Family” in 2014. It's also among the few contenders this year, along with “Squid Game,” to field a substantial number of nominees of color.

At the Emmy creative arts ceremonies held earlier this month, the mockumentary-style show about educators in an underfunded Philadelphia school, won the trophy for outstanding comedy series casting. “Succession” won the drama series casting award.

“The Crown,” last year's big winner, wasn't in the running this time because it sat out the Emmys eligibility period. The dramatized account of Queen Elizabeth's reign and family life will return for its fifth season in November, as Britain mourns the loss of its longest-serving monarch who died Thursday at age 96.

___

For more on this year’s Emmy Awards, visit: www.apnews.com/EmmyAwards

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Entertainment, AP Online TV News, APOnline Celebrity News
© Copyright 2023 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
'Squid Game,' 'Succession,' 'Ted Lasso' vie for Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards host Kenan Thompson and the ceremony’s producers are promising a feel-good event
12:33AM ( 16 minutes ago )
What to watch in last multistate primaries of midterm season
Months after the first nominating contests of the 2022 midterm season, New Hampshire, Delaware and Rhode Island will bring up the rear with their primaries on Tuesday
12:17AM ( 32 minutes ago )
In a nod to JFK, Biden pushing 'moonshot' to fight cancer
President Joe Biden is set to channel John F. Kennedy on the 60th anniversary of the former president’s moonshot speech
12:15AM ( 34 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Harry Styles hits Toronto for 'My Policeman' premiere
With just as much fanfare but a tad less drama, Harry Styles took the Toronto International Film Festival by storm on Sunday, premiering the tragic gay romance “My Policeman” less than a week after the debut of “Don’t Worry Darling” in Venice
10:48PM ( 2 hours ago )
A queen and her corgis: Elizabeth loved breed from childhood
For many people around the world, the word corgi is forever linked to Queen Elizabeth II
4:08PM ( 8 hours ago )
Prabal Gurung puts a loving spotlight on the world's misfits
Designer Prabal Gurung put a spotlight Saturday on who he called the misfits of the world
4:01PM ( 8 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Jennifer Hudson, Sherri Shepherd part of daytime TV makeover
Daytime TV is is going through a “re-rack,” as one executive put it
10:11PM ( 1 day ago )
'The Crown' pauses production because of queen's death
“The Crown,” Netflix’s acclaimed series about Queen Elizabeth II and her family, has paused production due to the monarch’s death
9:15PM ( 2 days ago )
Peak TV bonanza complicates Emmy goal of honoring the best
Eager to root for viewer favorites “Yellowstone” or “NCIS” or “Young Sheldon” during Monday night’s Emmy Awards
1:56PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Online TV News
Live updates: King Charles proclaimed monarch in rest of UK
King Charles III has been formally proclaimed the monarch in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
7:34AM ( 17 hours ago )
Live updates: Mourners watch queen's coffin pass in Scotland
Mourners are quietly watching as a hearse carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin passes through the Scottish countryside on a final journey back to London
6:45AM ( 18 hours ago )
Live updates: King Charles to attend Commonwealth reception
King Charles III will attend a reception Sunday with commissioners from Commonwealth nations
6:16AM ( 18 hours ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
What to watch in last multistate primaries of midterm season
Months after the first nominating contests of the 2022 midterm season, New Hampshire, Delaware and Rhode Island will bring up the rear with their primaries on Tuesday
12:17AM ( 32 minutes ago )
In a nod to JFK, Biden pushing 'moonshot' to fight cancer
President Joe Biden is set to channel John F. Kennedy on the 60th anniversary of the former president’s moonshot speech
12:15AM ( 34 minutes ago )
Asian shares rise on back of Wall Street rally
Shares are higher in Asia after last week's strong close on Wall Street, the first weekly gain in four weeks
11:57PM ( 52 minutes ago )
Brady, Bucs throttle Cowboys 19-3 as Prescott injures hand
Tom Brady and Mike Evans connected on a punctuating touchdown, Leonard Fournette ran for 127 yards and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated the Dallas Cowboys 19-3
11:32PM ( 1 hour ago )
Harry Styles hits Toronto for 'My Policeman' premiere
With just as much fanfare but a tad less drama, Harry Styles took the Toronto International Film Festival by storm on Sunday, premiering the tragic gay romance “My Policeman” less than a week after the debut of “Don’t Worry Darling” in Venice
10:48PM ( 2 hours ago )