By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy Awards host Cedric the Entertainer and the present’s producers promise will probably be a celebration for all. But it might be rather more rewarding, even historic, for some.
That contains Netflix’s drama “The Crown” and Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso.” Each is taken into account a frontrunner Sunday for high sequence honors of their respective classes, and their casts acquired armloads of nominations.
More than the exhibits would profit. Victories in each one of the best drama and comedy sequence classes would mark a first for streaming companies and reinforce their rising dominance, to the dismay of opponents.
But the TV trade general, together with the published networks that also subject fashionable exhibits however are largely eclipsed on the Emmys, will likely be honored, say these in command of the occasion airing 8 p.m. EDT on CBS.
“Sometimes, packages that may be known as ‘area of interest’ stroll off with the awards and a lot of individuals …. are going, ‘What the hell is that?’” mentioned Ian Stewart, government producer of the ceremony with Reginald Hudlin. “So we have been actually conscious of that, and usher in massive stars that everybody is aware of and loves.”
Ellen Pompeo of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”), and LL Cool J (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) are among the many presenters.
The producers’ final objective is a ceremony that’s upbeat and acknowledges how a lot TV’s significance grew through the pandemic and its lockdowns.
“When we first sat down with Cedric, all of us shortly agreed on the concept of celebration,” mentioned Hudlin. “The reality is, tv proper now could be maybe one of the best it’s ever been…and boy, have we ever wanted it.”
It’s gotten us “by way of some very powerful instances,” Hudlin mentioned.
“We’re going to have a good time,” Cedric mentioned. He’s binged on latest and older seasons of nominated exhibits — retro-watching, as he dubbed the latter — to make sure he was prepared with equal-opportunity wisecracks.
The high nominees embrace the British royal drama “The Crown” and the Star Wars-universe derived “The Mandalorian,” which acquired a main 24 nominations every.
On the comedy aspect, the feel-good comedy “Ted Lasso” is competing with “black-ish”; “Cobra Kai”; “Emily in Paris”; “Hacks”; “The Flight Attendant”; “The Kominsky Method” and “PEN15.”
Other drama sequence contenders embrace previous winner “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Lovecraft Country,” which was canceled after a single season however yielded nods for forged members Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Aunjanue Ellis and the late Michael Okay. Williams, who died Sept. 6.
They’re a part of a numerous subject of nominees. Of the 96 appearing nods for drama, comedy and miniseries, practically 44% — a whole of 42 nominations — went to folks of coloration. Their rise echoes the change within the U.S. inhabitants, with the quantity of people that determine as white shrinking for the primary time in census historical past.
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