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Delays Over, Hollywood Prepares for 2023 Emmy Awards

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Jan 14, 2024

The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards are finally set to take place on January 15th, 2023 after being postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Television’s biggest night was originally scheduled for September 2022, but labor disputes led to the ceremony being pushed back multiple times. Now, after months of waiting, Hollywood is ready to honor the best in television from the past year.

Key Details on 2023 Emmy Awards

The Emmys will air live on NBC and Peacock at 8 PM EST/5 PM PST on January 15th. The show will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

While a host has not been announced, the ceremony will feature presentations from major stars and nominees. Musical performances and comedic bits are also likely.

Over 120 awards will be given out throughout the night. Top categories like Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Comedy Series will be announced during the live broadcast. Other awards will be presented in the preceding Creative Arts Emmy ceremonies.

Notable 2023 Emmy Nominees

Show Nominations
Succession 25
The White Lotus 20
Ted Lasso 20
Only Murders in the Building 17
Euphoria 16

Lead Up to 2023 Emmys

The 2023 Emmys were originally scheduled to take place on September 12th, 2022. However, contract disputes between Hollywood unions and studios led to threatened boycotts of the ceremony by top talent.

With stars unlikely to attend, the Television Academy first postponed the awards to September 19th. As negotiations dragged on, a new date of October 10th was set before the Emmys were delayed indefinitely in early October.

Finally, in November, the Academy announced the awards would take place on January 9th, 2023. However, the new date conflicted with the College Football National Championship game. After backlash, one final delay set the Emmys for the 15th.

“We have been working hard these last few months to bring the Emmys telecast to the viewers as soon as possible,” said Frank Scherma, CEO of the Television Academy. “We are thrilled to have found a terrific new home on January 15th.”

The lead up saw industry publications and awards prediction sites scramble to update their Emmys coverage with each delay. Now, months later than expected, predictions are finally going to be tested.

What to Expect at the 2023 Ceremony

The posthumous nominations of Ray Liotta and Bob Saget will likely lead to emotional “In Memoriam” tributes. There also may be mentions of Queen Elizabeth II’s recent passing.

Meanwhile, hit shows like Succession, Squid Game, Euphoria, and Stranger Things will feature prominently throughout the night. Stars like Zendaya, Lee Jung-jae, and Jeremy Strong are expected to attend.

The White Lotus, which won big at the Creative Arts Emmys with awards for Jennifer Coolidge and Murray Bartlett, looks to take more trophies on the 15th.

With Better Call Saul airing its series finale in 2022, Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn could finally win their first acting Emmys after years of acclaim and nominations.

Predictions on Top Categories

Awards pundits have weighed in with their final predictions after months of speculation.

Outstanding Drama Series

Succession is the heavy favorite here, expected to win its second trophy in the category after taking the prize in 2020. While ratings dropped in Season 3, critics praised the latest episodes. Closest competitor Better Call Saul ended its run, so this may be Succession’s last hurrah before its own series finale.

Other nominees like Squid Game and Ozark hope to pull off an upset, but it would be a surprise. Stranger Things and Euphoria, while very popular, seem unlikely to beat the critical darling Succession.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Ted Lasso took home the comedy trophy its first year, making its loss to hacky-underdog comedy Hacks at 2022 ceremony a shock. With no Hacks this year, experts believe Jason Sudeikis’ feel good show will reclaim the prize.

What We Do in the Shadows or Only Murders in the Building could potentially stage an upset. But the Emmys generally favor more traditional comedies, giving Ted Lasso the edge. Meanwhile, past winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel faces increasingly long odds.

Oustanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong have split victories in this category for Succession, but never has a winner repeated. With the show itself a lock for Drama Series, experts give the edge to Cox for Lead Actor. However, Strong’s critics’ performance in Season 3 makes it almost too close to call.

Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae hopes to make history as the first foreign language performer to win here. Bob Odenkirk is also overdue after 6 nominations for Better Call Saul. But the Succession actors likely cancel each other out.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

With four Lead Actress wins already for her role as Villanelle, Jodie Comer hopes to tie Helen Hunt’s record with one last Emmy for Killing Eve’s final season. However, Zendaya’s continued domination of the Emmys with Euphoria makes her the favorite to repeat as winner.

Laura Linney won just two years ago for Ozark, while Melanie Lynskey’s turn in Yellowjackets was critically acclaimed. And Reese Witherspoon returns after previous wins for Big Little Lies. But recent winners Comer and Zendaya appear one step ahead.

What Happens Next?

Once the trophies are all handed out and the champagne glasses emptied, awards season will continue with the SAG Awards in February and Critics Choice Awards in March. The Hollywood Foreign Press is also planning a comeback Golden Globes after last year’s scandal and cancelled ceremony.

Attention will then turn to the possibility of the first ever Primetime Emmy Awards in the spring/summer of 2024. While television used to take a break during this period, streaming services now drop must-see shows all year long. Whether the Television Academy expands the eligibility window remains to be seen.

But for now, Hollywood eagerly awaits the long overdue 2023 Emmys and the celebration of so many incredible shows and performances that kept audiences entertained during an often difficult past couple years. After multiple delays, television’s biggest stars will finally have their moment.

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