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2023 Emmy Nominations, Airdate, and More

The Television Academy announced 2023’s class of Emmy nominees—assuming the event is still happening amid the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

As of posting, the 2023 Primetime Emmys have been postponed. While the original date was set for September 18, 2023, the ceremony will now air on January 15, 2024.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike has already postponed the Daytime Emmys and the Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards. The Emmys still might not happen until the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) agree to a fair deal.

The recently announced Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike does allow actors to attend awards shows for the time being. They’re covered under a different deal that expires in 2024, according to Stand-In Central.

A lot of shows’ For Your Consideration (FYC) campaigns were also impacted by recent events. According to The Wrap, the WGA suspended all its FYC campaigns as part of the strike, leaving promotion solely up to the studios. And those studios, as we’ve seen in recent months, only truly care about a few big projects (and not necessarily the people who make them). So if something got canceled or removed from streaming—like Willow, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies—it probably didn’t get a lot of Emmys love this year.

Let’s take a look at 2023’s Emmy nominees—we’ll analyze some of the biggest categories, but you can always find the full list on the Emmys website.

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2023 Emmy nominees, comedy

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Abbott Elementary, ABC
  • Barry, Max
  • Jury Duty, Amazon Freevee
  • Only Murders in the Building, Hulu
  • Ted Lasso, Apple TV+
  • The Bear, FX
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Prime Video
  • Wednesday, Netflix

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Jason Segel, Shrinking
  • Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
  • Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
  • Jeremy Allen White, The Bear

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Anthony Carrigan, Barry
  • Phil Dunster, Ted Lasso
  • Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
  • James Marsden, Jury Duty
  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach, The Bear
  • Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary
  • Henry Winkler, Barry

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
  • Natasha Lyonne, Poker Face
  • Jenna Ortega, Wednesday

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Ayo Edebiri, The Bear
  • Janelle James, Abbott Elementary
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary
  • Juno Temple, Ted Lasso
  • Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso
  • Jessica Williams, Shrinking

This year’s big comedy players are Ted Lasso and Abbott Elementary once again, with Only Murders in the Building taking a smaller share of the nominations than it did last year (11 vs. 17). Newcomers Jury Duty, Poker Face, Shrinking, Wednesday, and The Bear also make a few appearances.

It’s time for the Television Academy to admit it—their drama/comedy categories no longer make any sense. Yes, The Bear is considered a comedy, along with Barry and Wednesday. Sure, we guess! But shows like The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers aren’t included as comedy, since animation is still considered a genre and not a medium.

There are quite a few shows missing from this year’s comedy-specific awards, including Ghosts, Atlanta, The Great, and Schmigadoon!. Some of these shows received nominations in other categories—like costume design and choreography—but don’t appear on the higher profile award lists.

2023 Emmy nominees, drama

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Andor, Disney+
  • Better Call Saul, AMC
  • House of the Dragon, Max
  • Succession, Max
  • The Crown, Netflix
  • The Last of Us, Max
  • The White Lotus, Max
  • Yellowjackets, SHOWTIME
The cast of HBO series Succession

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jeff Bridges, The Old Man
  • Brian Cox, Succession
  • Kieran Culkin, Succession
  • Bob Odinkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us
  • Jeremy Strong, Succession

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • F. Murray Abraham, The White Lotus
  • Nicholas Braun, Succession
  • Michael Imperioli, The White Lotus
  • Theo James, The White Lotus
  • Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
  • Alan Ruck, Succession
  • Will Sharpe, The White Lotus
  • Alexander Skarsgård, Succession

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Sharon Horgan, Bad Sisters
  • Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us
  • Keri Russell, The Diplomat
  • Sarah Snook, Succession

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
  • Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown
  • Meghann Fahy, The White Lotus
  • Sabrina Impacciatore, The White Lotus
  • Aubrey Plaza, The White Lotus
  • Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul
  • J. Smith-Cameron, Succession
  • Simona Tabasco, The White Lotus

We’re glad to see The Last of Us, Yellowjackets, and Better Call Saul on this list, but what’s up with the Television Academy and HBO? Succession scored 20 nominations this year, and its cast dominates several categories. HBO (and Max, “the one to watch for HBO”) received the most nominations overall this year, with a whopping 127.

In fact, this year’s nominees for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series are exclusively actors from just two HBO shows (four from Succession and four from The White Lotus, another Emmys favorite).

For comparison’s sake, the Hollywood Critics Association’s comparable category for cable TV represents supporting actors from seven different shows (Succession, Yellowstone, Yellowjackets, FBI, Better Call Saul, House of the Dragon, and The White Lotus). And its comparable category for supporting actors in streaming TV represents eight more: The Handmaid’s Tale, Star Trek: Picard, The Boys, For All Mankind, The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power, The Crown, The Diplomat, and Andor.

Succession and The White Lotus are good, but they weren’t the only shows on TV this year, so what’s up, Television Academy?

Other 2023 Emmy nominations

We don’t have the room to go over every Emmy category—you can check the Emmys website for those—but in the spirit of recognizing different types of media and behind-the-scenes creators, let’s check out a few other categories.

Outstanding Game Show

  • Family Feud, ABC
  • Jeopardy!, ABC
  • That’s My Jam, NBC
  • The Price Is Right, CBS
  • Wheel of Fortune, ABC

Outstanding Animated Program

  • Bob’s Burgers, FOX
  • Entergalactic, Netflix
  • Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, Adult Swim
  • Rick and Morty, Adult Swim
  • The Simpsons, FOX

Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming

  • Blindspotting, Jon Boogz for “The History/San Quentin Blues”
  • Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, Jamal Sims for “New Cool/Hand Jive/The Boom”
  • Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, Jeffrey Mortensen and Louise Hradsky for “Pulling Strings/Hit Me Again/High Rollin’”
  • Schmigadoon!, Christopher Gatteli for “Bells and Whistles/Good Enough to Eat/Bustin’ Out”
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Marguerite Derricks for “Trash Man/Dream Kitchen”

Outstanding Television Movie

  • Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas, NBC
  • Fire Island, Hulu
  • Hocus Pocus 2, Disney+
  • Prey, Hulu
  • Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, The Roku Channel

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

  • Andor, Beau Willimon for “One Way Out”
  • Bad Sisters, Sharon Horgan, Brett Baer, and Dave Finkel for “The Prick”
  • Better Call Saul, Gordon Smith for “Point and Shoot”
  • Better Call Saul, Peter Gould for “Saul Gone”
  • Succession, Jesse Armstrong for “Connor’s Wedding”
  • The Last of Us, Craig Mazin for “Long, Long Time”
  • The White Lotus, Mike White for “Arrivederci”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

  • Barry, Bill Hader for “wow”
  • Jury Duty, Mekki Leeper for “Ineffective Assistance”
  • Only Murders in the Building, John Hoffman, Rob Turbovsky, and Matteo Borghese for “I Know Who Did It”
  • Ted Lasso, Brendan Hunt, Jason Sudeikis, and Joe Kelly for “So Long, Farewell”
  • The Bear, Christopher Storer for “System”
  • The Other Two, Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider for “Cary & Brooke Go to an AIDS Play”

NBC’s That’s My Jam kicked Let’s Make a Deal out of the Outstanding Game Show category this year, although unfortunately Dropout’s Game Changer failed to change the game by appearing in this year’s nominations.

The animation category is a little weird this year—the most surprising nomination is Entergalactic, which is a movie and not a TV show like the other nominees. It’s kind of silly that the Emmys don’t include it in the Outstanding Television Movie category. If they’re having a hard time thinking of other animated series beyond The Simpsons and Rick and Morty, we have plenty of recommendations for them. And anime too, if they’re willing to go international.

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies scored choreography nominations for six of its routines. This must be pretty embarrassing for Paramount+, which unexpectedly canceled the show and deleted every episode from its platform just weeks after it aired.

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