A TV year full of real things

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Emmy Awards: A TV year full of the real stuff

The struggle for a media empire, everyday life in a problem school and the special demands of the wealthy on a luxury vacation: This year’s Emmy Awards look at all corners of our society.

It’s the world’s hottest TV awards: The Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Monday evening at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. As always, they are also evidence of what has recently been amusing and occupying people. And this year it means one thing above all: realism rather than an escape from everyday life.

Unlike the past few years, no elaborate fantasy worlds like “Game of Thrones” or “Westworld” have been widely nominated in drama categories, nor do they go together to the quirky little village of “Schitt’s Creek” for the Comedy Awards. Instead, many particularly promising candidate productions look at real-world everyday life in different layers of our society.

25 nominations for “Caliphate”

There’s the super-rich Roy family in “Succession,” an impressive and brilliantly represented drama series about a crumbling media empire and interesting heirs. Hollywood rumors about how much material based on the real Murdoch clan is behind Fox News, among other things, and can’t get enough: 25 Emmy nominations is a record for 2022.

The nominated and highly sought-after Severance 14, a mystery desktop game series with elements of science fiction and thriller, that generally questions the relationship between people and their work, is a tough competition.

Something that stands out from everyday considerations is the popular Netflix movie “Squid Game,” a bloody South Korean social satire about a fantasy game show with dozens of deaths. Hard Criticism of Capitalism has 14 nominations and is the first non-English language series to ever win the King category for Best Drama. Besides these three, “Better Call Saul”, “Euphoria”, “Ozark”, “Stranger Things” and “Yellowjackets” have been suggested in the evening’s most popular categories.

Favorite Comedy “Abbott Elementary”

Abbott Elementary is an even more impassioned look at one of my favorite comedies, a friendly look at an underfunded Philadelphia elementary school, shot in fictitious documentary style at The Office and Stromberg. Inventor Quinta Bronson, who can also hope to land an Emmy in the lead role as a kind, loving young teacher Janine, also gathers a lot of sympathy here.

The upbeat NBC series has taken a surprise hit in the US ratings and will be the first top comedy in eight years not to air on US cable or streaming TV, but instead on one of the more often-broadcasted free-to-air channels to get a little… Dust has a reputation in Germany, Abbott can be seen on Disney+.

The toughest competition also flows in: soccer coach Ted Lasso about an American who takes charge of a British team. The Apple TV + series with Jason Sudeikis was already the winner last year, and thanks to its many multiple nominations in acting categories, it has a total of 20 nominations.

It sounds a little baffling and sometimes it’s baffling: There are more than 110 categories at the Emmys, including quirky categories like “Best Makeup (suit)” and “Best Voice Actor” for documentaries, an award given to Barack Obama this year that went to a series about national parks American.

On Monday, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences just announced the winners in more than two dozen important categories. In addition to the Drama and Comedy categories, they also largely dedicate themselves to mini-series from the June 2021 to May 2022 airing period in a third category.

Here, too, reality often triumphed over fantasy, because in addition to promising satire for luxury holidays “White Lotus”, four series based on actual events were nominated: “Dopesick” deals with the opioid crisis in the United States, “The Dropout” tells about A startup scam by biotech company Theranos, “Inventing Anna” looks at fraudster Anna Sorokin and “Pam & Tommy” focuses on the scandal surrounding a sex video of “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson and drummer Tommy Lee Foreground.

At this point at the latest, it looks like all those who want their prizes to distract themselves from reality will have to wait until next year. Then, among other things, “House of the Dragon” that succeeded “Games of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings” could be selected on Amazon.

(The party starts on Monday at 5:00 PM local time, which corresponds to 2:00 AM on Tuesday in Germany.)

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