For more than a year, television has been a welcome distraction to those stuck at home during the pandemic. It's now time for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to reward those shows, as well as their creators and stars, that entertained the masses.
On Tuesday, father-daughter duo Ron Cephas Jones (“This is Us”) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (“Blindspotting”) are set to unveil the nominees for the 73rd Emmy Awards, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Last year's ceremony was heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, which made it difficult for the nominees to congregate. Jimmy Kimmel and the team at ABC were forced to get creative in how they announced winners and doled out awards.
This year, CBS is the host of the annual event. It has tapped Cedric the Entertainer to emcee the live show, which will take place at the Microsoft Theater on Sept. 19. The limited audience will include all nominees and their personal guests.
The Primetime Emmy Awards will feature 26 different categories ranging from acting and writing awards to awards for different types of programs — comedies, dramas and talk shows, among others. Shows are eligible for this year's ceremony if they were released between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.
Front runners in the drama category include Netflix's “Bridgerton” and “The Crown,” Hulu's “The Handmaid's Tale,” NBC's “This is Us,” HBO's “Lovecraft Country” and FX's “Pose.” “The Mandalorian,” which was released through Disney+, is also on the short list.
For comedies, Apple's “Ted Lasso” is a strong favorite followed by HBO Max's “The Flight Attendant” and “Hacks,” Neftlix's “The Kominsky Method” and ABC's “Black-ish.” Other potential nominees include Peacock's “Rutherford Falls” and “Girls5eva.”
In the limited series category, HBO's “I May Destroy You” and “Mare of Easttown” will likely face off against Netflix's “The Queen's Gambit,” Amazon Prime's “The Underground Railroad” and Disney+'s “WandaVision.”
The Creative Arts Emmys, which typically place a week before the live broadcast Emmys ceremony, recognize technical achievements and are not included in the program. These awards go to cinematographers, casting directors and sound editors, among others. No date has been set for this event.
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Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal is the distributor of “This is Us,” “Girls5eva” and “Rutherford Falls.”
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