The envelope please! The Primetime Emmy Awards, recognizing excellence in the television industry, will be aired live on Sunday, Sept. 17, and cable programming is sure to be among the winners. One winner already has been announced – kudos to Comcast!
When the nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced, cable programmers were big contenders. Shows developed by cable received a total of 315, led by HBO with a whopping 110 nominations.
Interestingly, cable programs were excluded from Emmy consideration until 1988, but within a decade were making inroads in the awards arena.
In recent years, the domination of cable’s original programming has been no surprise, given that it’s becoming the gold standard in the TV’s new “golden era” as cable networks are nourishing creativity and are saddled with less content restrictions and regulations than traditional broadcast channels.
This year, every nominee in the “Limited Series” category was produced by a cable programmer. As NCTA – The Internet & Television Association notes, “That’s no accident, cable networks continue to attract the top showrunners, directors, actors, and writers. Programmers invest billions of dollars each year to give us some of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows around.”
Check out the full list of nominees to see if your favorite show is up for an award.
So will cable take home the lion’s share of the gold (statues)? Tune in to find out.
Meanwhile, winners of the Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards have already been announced, and Comcast has won an Emmy for its Xfinity X1 Voice Remote. This is the third Emmy the company has won related to technology that runs Comcast’s X1 platform. Comcast launched the X1 Voice Remote in 2015, and said customers gave more than 3.4 billion voice commands using it during 2016. Comcast said it has deployed nearly 17 million X1 Voice Remotes.
Comcast’s award will be presented at the Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards in Las Vegas on April 8, 2018, held in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters and the NAB Show.