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For the first time in 17 years, a cable network didn’t lead the Emmy nominations, but don’t count out cable programmers when the envelopes are opened and the winners revealed later this month.
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, which recognize excellence in the television industry, will air live on Sunday, Sept. 18. The complete list of nominees is heavily weighted with shows produced and aired by cable programmers.
Cable programs were not eligible for Emmy consideration until 1988.
HBO led the nominations for 17 years until this year, when its 108 nominations were eclipsed by the 112 garnered by Netflix, the first time a streaming service dominated.
But cable still made a strong showing: it was a cable program – HBO’s “Game of Thrones” – that led all shows with 22 nominations. And cable networks garnered 218 total nominations spread across HBO, FX, Showtime, National Geographic, VH1 and CNN, far outpacing totals achieved by broadcast networks or streaming services.
With so much programming to watch, it’s likely that the Emmys will introduce you to a show you haven’t yet seen. Through the first seven months of 2018, 319 scripted seriespremiered, an increase of 5 percent over the same time frame in 2017, which eventually saw a total of 487 scripted series.
At least once a week, more than half of consumers (55 percent) say they look for a new TV show or movie to watch, found a PwC survey. If you’re one of those individuals, take a glance through the Emmy nominees and see if you can find a new show to check out before the award ceremony.