Notes On The Emmys: What It Takes To Get A Nomination And Why It Helps To Be On HBO Or Netflix

When I walked into the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre for this morning’s Emmy nomination announcement, the first thing I saw on the wall were the words “Netflix Lobby.” Those naming rights for the prolific streamer take on double meaning on a day like this because they not only won the lobby, they also got a company-record 117 nominations.

Still, they had to cede back bragging rights of most noms they achieved last year over to perennial leader HBO, which today nabbed a company-record 137 thanks to Game of Thrones’ staggering and record-shattering 32 nods. But as the saying goes, “just wait until next year” when juggernaut series like GoT and Veep are not in the picture. And after Netflix lost rights to the beloved Friends to WarnerMedia’s streaming startup HBO Max, the rivalry can only get more intense and continue to play out at the Emmys.

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