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UPDATED: August 18, 2022



“The Survivor” is the prestigious film of the bunch. Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”), who is also a three-time Emmy winner for writing on “The Carol Burnett Show” and helming an episode of the drama series “Homicide: Life on the Street,” has long seemed pre-ordained for recognition in this race. After debuting at the Toronto Film Festival in 2021, where it was acquired by HBO, the Ben Foster boxing vehicle is the type of conventional biopic that could be a painless choice for the cinema lovers in the Academy. Interestingly, with HBO possibly on the bubble or frontrunning to win drama series (“Succession”), comedy series (“Hacks”) and limited series (“The White Lotus”), if it ends up with all four top category wins, it would be the first network in Emmy history to win them all.

“Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers” is the first animated feature ever to be nominated for outstanding television movie, the Disney+ reboot of the popular 90s cartoon characters clearly struck a chord with the nostalgia factor, the riotous direction by Akiva Schaffer and hysterical voice work from John Mulaney and Andy Samberg. With some Oscar-nominated producers on board (David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman for “The Fighter”), the TV Academy could be seeking a “good mood” with their selections.

NBC may have canceled “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” in 2021, but The Roku Channel saw an opportunity to get behind the established property and usher it into the Emmy circle, which is the first nomination for the network. The only nominee with more than one nomination, and mirroring the same as last year’s winner “Dolly Parton’s Christmas in the Square,” a musical that can get Hollywood in the holiday spirit could strike an interesting chord.

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The hilarious deputies of the Reno Sherriff’s department found a way to break into current events with rib-tickling results, thanks to the comical ensemble that includes Thomas Lennon, Wendi McLendon-Covey and more. Written by Lennon, Kerri Kenney and Robert Ben Garant, who also directs the Paramount+ streaming feature, you never know what the TV Academy could gravitate toward. It would also be the first major win for Paramount+ after, which will help the brand (and morale) after the infamous “Yellowstone” shut out.

“Ray Donovan: The Movie,” helmed by director David Hollander and starring eight-time Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber, got the opportunity to bookend the seven-season run of the Showtime drama series. While the show was never an Emmy darling, picking up one win for guest actor drama (Hank Azaria) during its run, voters may feel compelled to give it a proper sendoff.

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The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, and air on NBC.

2021 category winner: “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” (Netflix)


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And The Nominees Are:
Rank TV Series Network Key Facts and Producers
1 “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers” Disney+ Key facts: First animated movie to be nominated for outstanding television movie.
Alexander Young (executive producer), David Hoberman (produced by), Tom Peitzman (executive producer), Todd Lieberman (producer)
2 “The Survivor” HBO Key facts: One of the first films to have its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and land an Emmy nom for TV movie.
Ben Foster (executive producer), Matti Leshem (produced by), Aaron L. Gilbert (produced by), Barry Levinson (produced by), Jason Sosnoff (produced by), Scott Pardo (produced by)
3 “Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon” Paramount+ Key facts: Many of the actors are nominated as executive producers, most notably Wendi McLendon-Covey, received her first Emmy nom.
Thomas Lennon (executive producer), Robert Ben Garant (executive producer), Kerri Kenny-Silver (executive producer), Cedric Yarbrough (executive producer), Niecy Nash (executive producer), Carlos Alazraqui (executive producer), Wendi McLendon-Covey (executive producer), John Landgraf (executive producer), Michael Shamberg (executive producer), Stacey Sher (executive producer), Danny DeVito (executive producer), Peter Principato (executive producer), Christian Hoffman (executive producer), David Lincoln (executive producer), Mary Birdsong (producer), Ian Roberts (producer), Cass Gundry (produced by)
4 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” The Roku Channel Key facts: The only television movie with an additional nomination in another category – outstanding choreography. The same two that last year’s winner “Dolly Patron’s Christmas on the Square” had, with it winning both.
Austin Winsberg (executive producer), Eric Tannenbaum (executive producer), Kim Tannenbau (executive producer), Paul Feig (executive producer), David Blackman (executive producer), Daniel Inkeles (executive producer), Richard Shepard (executive producer), Jason Wang (co-executive producer), Dan Magnante (executive producer), Mandy Moore (co-executive producer), Michele Greco (producer)
5 “Ray Donovan: The Movie” Showtime Key facts: Finale movie of the drama series, “Ray Donovan.”
David Hollander (executive producer), Liev Schreiber (executive producer), Mark Gordon (executive producer), Bryan Zuriff (executive producer), Lou Fusaro (executive producer), Jason Weinberg (producer), John H. Radulovic (produced by)


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  • The 74th Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, Sept. 12, and air on NBC.