Does HBO Have the Most 2019 Emmy Nominations?

It’s that time of year: The 2019 Emmy Nominations have been announced. This year, many of the greatest shows, miniseries, and TV movies (as well as those who work on them) have been honored by the Television Academy, and there are so many incredible nominees. Here’s a look at the studio that’s shining the brightest, as well as those that are also in the game. 

HBO has claimed the title in the past

It’s not news to anyone that HBO has done very well at the Emmys for many years. Dating back to the beginning of prestige TV, the premium cable network had hits like The Sopranos and The Wire. Obviously, it hasn’t let up on that front.

In 2015, HBO broke the record for the most Emmy nominations in one year, with 126 (this was notably a big Game of Thrones year). The network continued to stay on top for the next few years, before losing out to Netflix last year by a hair.

This year, HBO clinched the title again

This year, they’ve done it again: HBO broke its own record with an impressive 137 total nominations for 2019, up a whopping 29 from 2018. Let’s break it down further, by series.

Games of Thrones, of course, was the winner, with 32 nominations (more than any other series). Mini-series Chernobyl brought in 19, while Barry scored 17 nods. Other nominees include True Detective, Sharp Objects, Barry, Last Week Tonight, and Succession.

Will HBO falter without these series next year?

Whether or not HBO takes home most of the wins this year (though it likely will), the question then becomes: How will it do without some of its big nominees in the future? Most notably, Game of Thrones is nominated for its final season, which aired earlier this year. Veep has also ended its acclaimed run, and Season 4 of True Detective may not happen. 

Fortunately for HBO, it still has a few aces in the hole. Next year, Big Little Lies Season 2 will be eligible, and we foresee it sweeping a few categories (especially Lead and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series). And HBO is known for its miniseries, so expect to see quite a few of those on the list for 2020.

How did Netflix fare?

When Netflix first entered the Emmys game with House of Cards back in 2013, no one foresaw the streaming service beating out the usual networks in nominations. But it has certainly proven itself (and then some) in the years since.

In 2019, the standout entry is Ava DuVernay’s miniseries When They See Us, based on the story of the Central Park Five, with 16 nominations. Jason Bateman’s drama Ozark also managed to pull nine nods, while Bodyguard and The Kominsky Method held their own.

This surprising network was nominated for the first time

While Netflix was the big shocker back in 2013, this year has brought another surprising player to the table. Pop TV, a relatively unknown paid network that was once the TV Guide Channel (yes, that TV Guide channel), is best known for broadcasting UK and Canadian series for a U.S. audience.

Among those programs is Schitt’s Creek, the groundbreaking comedy from Eugene Levy and his son, Dan. The series, which will air its final season in 2020, has been nominated for Best Comedy Series, while Levy and his co-star Catherine O’Hara have received acting nods for their performances.

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