There's nothing quite like the excitement leading up to the announcement of the Emmy nominations. Like a great television show, the ceremony has an undercurrent of suspense and the occasional plot twist, but it's also a lot of fun.
Last year's festivities were a family affair, hosted by Ron Cephas Jones and Jasmine Cephas Jones — who in 2020 became the only father and daughter performers to receive Emmy noms in the same year. (And they both won!)
This year's hosts, Melissa Fumero and JB Smoove, may not be related, but having recently worked together — on the upcoming Netflix comedy Blockbuster — they had an easy rapport that made for an entertaining presentation. Together they cooed over JB's "baby," the Emmy he won last year for his performance in the short-form comedy Mapleworth Murders, which he just happened to have with him.
But the fun did not detract from the business at hand — revealing the people and programs nominated for our medium's highest honor. And what a terrific group of nominees they are! Fueled by the resurgence of production over the past year, we received nearly 11,000 submissions — a new record — making the 74th Emmys the most competitive ever.
It was great to see a mix of nominees from new programs as well as returning favorites, and from an array of platforms — representing broadcast, basic cable, premium cable and streamers. Also noteworthy is the emergence of a more international feel through the recognition of programming and performers from around the globe.
We look forward to celebrating all the nominees and revealing the winners at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4, and the Emmy Awards telecast on Monday, September 12, live on NBC and Peacock. Until then, for more on the nominations, turn to page 112 in this issue; and for the latest updates on awards — and all Academy news — click here.
Chairman and CEO, Television Academy