2022 Emmys Highlights: ‘Succession’ and ‘Ted Lasso’ reign, whereas ‘The White Lotus’ cleans up

After Netflix’s record-tying efficiency in 2021, HBO reasserted its dominance in its now-annual battle with Netflix for supremacy within the realm of status TV. The pay community was led by the restricted sequence “The White Lotus,” whose 5 awards on Monday evening — coupled with a handful of technical prizes on the earlier Artistic Arts ceremonies — let it take a look at with 10 general wins this season, greater than another program.

HBO collected 12 of the 25 statuettes awarded at Monday’s ceremony. That included a second win for “Succession,” which sat out final yr as a result of eligibility window, leaving the door open for “The Crown” to brush the drama voting.

“Ted Lasso” grew to become comedy’s back-to-back winner for the present in addition to stars Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein — an more and more uncommon feat, if solely as a result of reveals now extra steadily take longer breaks between runs.

Denied a possibility to make historical past as a non-English-language drama winner, as “Parasite” did on the Oscars, Netflix’s social-media sensation “Squid Game” garnered awards for star Lee Jung-hae and directing. The present had beforehand earned a quartet of victories on the Artistic Arts ceremony.

Including the sooner ceremonies with Monday evening, HBO totaled 38 Emmys this yr, far forward of second-place Netflix, at 26. Apple’s “Ted”-powered exhibiting left the streaming service with 9 general, tied with Disney+ behind Hulu, with 10 thanks largely to its fact-based restricted sequence. (Like CNN, HBO is a unit of Warner Bros. Discovery.)

After a sleepy begin to the present, Sheryl Lee Ralph awakened the viewers as she grew to become solely the second Black lady to win supporting actress in a comedy for ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” a win notched 35 years after Jackee Harry broke by means of for “227.” The Broadway star then sang a part of her speech (thanking executives in script that ran throughout the underside of the display screen), bringing the gang bounding to its toes.

Quinta Brunson, the present’s star and producer, was additionally honored for writing the sitcom about academics, a lift heading into its second season subsequent week.

Ralph introduced power to a telecast that in all probability might have used extra of her. Hosted by “Saturday Night Live’s” Kenan Thompson (and together with a mini-reunion with former co-star Kel Mitchell), the ceremony bounced alongside at a clumsy tempo. Politics performed a muted function within the night, and the efforts to have a good time the breadth of tv typically felt as in the event that they got here on the expense of time dedicated to the precise awards.

There was, as traditional, a good quantity of repetition, and an entire lot of bleeped-out phrases. The former included the seventh consecutive award to “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” and one other trophy for the long-running “Saturday Night Live.” Oliver’s HBO present has owned that class, in a lot the best way Jon Stewart did at his former house, “The Daily Show.”

Zendaya claimed her second lead-actress award for HBO’s bleak high-school drama “Euphoria,” and Julia Garner obtained her third Emmy for her supporting function as Ruth in Netflix’s grim drama “Ozark.” Jean Good joined the repeat winners for the HBO Max comedy about comedians, “Hacks.”

Nonetheless, different first-time winners broke by means of as properly. Matthew Macfadyen took the supporting actor award for “Succession,” this yr’s most-nominated program, joined by limited-series stars Michael Keaton for “Dopesick” and Amanda Seyfried for an additional Hulu manufacturing, “The Dropout,” and her portrayal of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.

First-time nominees Murray Bartlett and Jennifer Coolidge have been additionally acknowledged for “White Lotus,” with the latter having to beat 4 of her co-stars within the bountiful forged. Coolidge bought performed off throughout her ebullient acceptance speech, after a number of recipients had talked over the music. Mike White additionally received for each writing and directing the sequence.

Amazon’s “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls” additionally capped its three-Emmy run by means of this awards season by successful for competitors program, prompting one of many extra emotional acceptance speeches from its host.
HBO’s robust exhibiting adopted a yr through which Netflix tied a 47-year-old document (initially set by CBS) with a complete of 44 Emmys throughout the Artistic Arts and important telecast. That included sweeping the highest drama classes with “The Crown,” which did not air throughout this yr’s eligibility interval.

HBO was the most-honored community in 2019 and 2020, tying with Netflix the yr earlier than that.

The presentation kicked off with a tribute to TV theme songs, and a standing ovation for Oprah Winfrey, who introduced the primary award of the evening.

After record-low rankings in 2020 with a digital ceremony, viewership of the Emmys rebounded final yr to an estimated 7.4 million viewers — nonetheless low by historic requirements, however a marked enchancment over the earlier two years.

Scores for linear TV have been declining usually, and the Emmys are perceived to have been impacted by nominating fewer broadly widespread reveals as streaming has taken over the awards competitors.

TV rights to the Emmys rotate among the many 4 main broadcast networks. This yr’s present moved from its traditional Sunday broadcast as a result of it is airing on NBC, which carries “Sunday Night Football.”