HBO/HBO Max was on a roll tonight, winning 12 more categories than all other networks and broadcasters combined. Taking creative arts into account, HBO/HBO Max led the field with 37 Emmys to 26 for main rival Netflix, which had a more modest three trophies tonight.
The dramatic race was competitive, with the global phenomenon of Netflix. squid game scoring two key wins, for star Lee Jung-jae and director Hwang Dong-hyuk.
“As a fan, I’m excited. I thought it was a great show,” Casey Bloys, chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max, told Deadline of the groundbreaking Korean drama at HBO/HBO Max’s Emmy after-party.
Still, it was competition, and Bloys supported HBO Succession. The corporate/family drama and social satire of Mike White white lotus combined for eight of HBO/HBO Max’s 12 wins. Next year, the two shows, overseen by head of drama Francesca Orsi, will go head-to-head in the drama series categories. Competing as a limited series this year, the white lotusThe upcoming second season set in Italy, which premieres in October, will be reclassified as a drama series because it features Emmy winner Jennifer Coolidge’s character from Season 1 set in Hawaii.
I have seen the first four [episodes]It’s fantastic,” Bloys said. “Mike White puts together a great cast, I’m very excited for everyone to see the work and this cast.”
There’s already been talk of a third season, with Season 1’s Connie Britton telling Deadline in July that her and White’s “intent” is to be back in character for Season 3.
“Who knows what Mike is thinking, but whatever he’s thinking, I’m sure it’s going to make me very emotional,” Bloys said.
Keeping with the theme of season 1, White was hanging around the HBO party with a Lei around his neck.
Succession’The upcoming fourth season will debut in the spring, Bloys confirmed to Deadline. Like creator Jesse Armstrong, Bloys didn’t say anything about what lies ahead for the next season. “More delicious drama. That is all I can give you,” he said.
barry, which was scrapped this year, will also be back in contention for the Emmys next year.
“That’s a show of course I think everyone should have been recognized I think Bill [Hader] directed phenomenal episodes and Henry [Winkler] it is a national treasure. We will be back next year, next season, and hopefully [the show will fare well].”
Having the best HBO/HBO Max shows eligible again next season is key as, without Succession, Barry Y Euphoria (and with no leader in limited series), the company finished second to Netflix in 2021 with 19 Emmys to Netflix’s 44.
Euphoria again skipping a year, its third season is expected to begin filming in March for consideration at the 2024 Emmys. And, despite some speculation, Season 3 won’t be its last, with Bloys and his team looking to keep the series going. up and running, evolving it as its characters age.
HBO/HBO Max’s new series Bloys hopes to join the Emmy race next year. dragon housewhose ancestor game of Thrones was an Emmy giant, The last of us, David E Kelley Love and death starring Elizabeth Olsen and Steven Soderbergh full circle, headed by Zazie Beetz and Claire Danes.
One show you can schedule on your Emmy watch is HBO. Last week tonight with John Oliver, which continues to win for Variety Talk Series. Bloys isn’t taking the show’s success for granted and hopes to keep it going beyond his current contract, which runs out next year.
“I think the reason last week tonight keeps ringing is that John, Liz [Stanton] and tim [Carvell] produce not just a fun show, but one that is highly informative and intellectually rigorous,” he said. “We are fortunate to showcase his work on HBO and look forward to many seasons to come.”
It is not yet clear if HBO Max tricks, which has been an MVP, premiering new seasons during the pandemic in both 2020 and 2021, and winning back-to-back Emmys for star Jean Smart, will enter the 2023 Emmy eligibility window; this year it barely squeaked at the end of May.
Bloys recently consolidated the HBO and HBO Max comedy departments under HBO comedy head Amy Gravitt. Should we expect comedy changes from Max in the future?
“They will continue to just put on the best shows,” Bloys said. “Max’s comedy team has put together a great group of comedies, so I don’t see that changing. And it’s really about putting together what I think is the best comedy team in the business.”
The dominant Emmy performance over the past week comes after a difficult period at HBO/HBO Max that saw post-merger layoffs from Discovery. Bloys recognized those who made the victories possible.
“The results really represent years of work by the creators, the people who work on the shows, the executives at HBO. It’s very exciting and really rewarding,” she said.
HBO/HBO Max and its executives received plenty of recognition from the stage tonight from the winners. And then there was White, who did not mention his employer in accepting both the Emmy Awards for writing for The White Lotus. He rectified that with an apology during his Outstanding Anthology Series victory speech. And Bloys confirmed that there are no hard feelings.
“Of course not. Mike couldn’t have been a better partner,” Bloys said. “I’m going to go down and give him a hug.”