‘Succession,’ ‘Ted Lasso’ lead nominations for TV’s Emmy awards

July 13, 2022 - 9:02 AM
Actors Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Juno Temple, Nick Mohammed and Brendan Hunt, cast members of "Ted Lasso", pose for a picture together at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, U.S., September 19, 2021. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo)

 HBO WBD.N drama “Succession,” the story of a conniving media mogul and his family, topped the list of Emmy nominees announced on Tuesday with 25 nods, including one for best drama series at television’s highest honors.

Rivals for best drama include Netflix Inc’s NFLX.OSouth Korean thriller “Squid Game,” the first non-English language show to be nominated for an Emmy. Netflix’s sci-fi hit “Stranger Things” and HBO’s “Euphoria,” about high school students navigating the world, also were nominated.

Feel-good series “Ted Lasso” from Apple TV+ AAPL.O nabbed 20 nominations and will defend its title as last year’s best comedy. The fish-out-of-water story will face off against “Hacks,” “Only Murders in the Building” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” among others.

HBO’s “The White Lotus,” about vacationers and staff at a ritzy oceanfront resort, also secured 20 nominations and is in the race for best limited series.

Winners of the Emmys will be announced at a ceremony on Sept. 12.

Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, said the group received a record number of submissions this year, a sign that production was thriving after extended shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Streaming television dominated the nominations, continuing a trend in recent years as audiences flock to online viewing. HBO and HBO Max received 140 nominations overall. Netflix scored 105 nods.

Fourteen of the nominations for “Succession,” which won best drama in 2020, came in acting categories. Brian Cox, who stars as patriarch Logan Roy, will compete for best actor against Jeremy Strong, who plays his troubled son Kendall.

“Squid Game” actor Lee Jung-Jae is also in the running.

“I would like to share this honor with the Squid Game fans around the world, who showed us endless love and support,” he said in a statement.

“Ted Lasso” co-creator and star Jason Sudeikis was nominated for best comedy actor alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short for Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building,” though voters passed over their co-star Selena Gomez in the acting categories.

Contenders for best comedy actress include Rachel Brosnahan for her role as a 1950s housewife and comedian on “Mrs. Maisel,” along with Issa Rae of “Insecure” and “Hacks” star Jean Smart.

“Hacks,” about a seasoned female comedian looking to extend her career, received a nomination for the second year in a row for best comedy series.

“I think it’s a really important thing, especially in this moment in time in our country, to highlight women and to tell their stories,” Jen Statsky, co-creator of “Hacks,” said in an interview.

For best drama actress, nominees included previous winner Zendaya for “Euphoria,” Laura Linney for drug-dealing drama “Ozark,” and Melanie Lynskey for new series “Yellowjackets” about high school girls forced to survive in the wilderness.

—Reporting by Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Tyler Clifford in New York; Editing by Deepa Babington