Showrunners and Executive Producers Celebrate Emmy Nominations

Executive producers and showrunners across the television landscape are joining in the celebration today as news of Emmy nominations continues to spread.

After three consecutive nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, NBC’s This Is Us missed out last year, giving way to several newcomers. But everyone’s favorite family returned this time around with six nominations, including series. Creator and Executive Producer Dan Fogelman said:

Thank you to the Television Academy – what lovely company to be in. We can’t wait to take selfies with everyone. And congrats to the entire This Is Us family. You made one of my favorite seasons during an impossible time and I’m crazy about all of you.

In its first season, The Handmaid’s Tale became the first streaming series ever to win a major Emmy when it won Outstanding Drama Series in 2017. Over three seasons, the show has won 15 Emmys and now with its fourth season has a total of 75 nominations, 21 of which came today. Creator and showrunner Bruce Miller says:

We’re incredibly honored to be recognized by the Television Academy, especially in such a challenging year, and are so very proud of the amazing work of our cast and crew, and what they were able to accomplish the midst of a pandemic. We could not be more grateful.

Netflix’s shining jewel, The Crown, has now been nominated for each of its four seasons as well. It hasn’t won the top prize yet, but is heavily favored this year, leading overall nominations with 24, including 9 for acting. Executive Producer Peter Morgan said today:

Thank you to the Television Academy.

We are all pinching ourselves that after four series, The Crown is still being embraced and enjoyed in this way. Behind the scenes, this show has an immense, dedicated and incredibly hardworking crew of world-class talent. So, these nominations are gratefully received in recognition of all their outstanding work which continues to inspire me every day.

Netflix had a mega-hit on their hands over the holiday season when Bridgerton was unleashed on the world. The freshman series, from the powerhouse Shondaland, earned 12 Emmy nominations this year. Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner Chris Van Dusen was thrilled:

In creating and running ‘Bridgerton,’ I always hoped audiences would be able to find the joy it was meant to provide. I’m beyond humbled by this recognition from the Television Academy. Not even Lady Whistledown herself would have the words to describe how proud I am of this astonishingly brilliant cast and crew, as well as how fortunate I feel to have worked alongside Shondaland and Netflix in bringing the show to life.

POSE — “On The Run” — Season 3, Episode 1 | Pictured: Billy Porter as Pray Tell.
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In its third and final season, the groundbreaking FX series, Pose, scored its second nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. Pose was nominated for 8 additional awards this year, bringing its series total to 20. Star Billy Porter and history-making Mj Rodriguez are among the well-deserving contenders, a fact celebrated by showrunner Steven Canals:

For 6 months, in the midst of a global pandemic, Black and Latin and Trans and Queer artists created together. Alongside a luminescent cast, and tireless crew, I, with my magnificent collaborators, told an aspirational story of family, resilience, possibility, and, most importantly, love. I’m thrilled for Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez, who made history this morning as the first Trans actress nominated in the Drama Actress category. And I’m grateful to the TV Academy for recognizing my contribution to the TV landscape with these three incredible nominations for writing, directing, and producing. This boy from the Bronx is forever humbled by the recognition.

One of the more surprising nominees today in Outstanding Comedy Series was the nostalgic favorite, Cobra Kai. Entering the world via the erstwhile YouTube Originals platform, the television series sequel to the Karate Kid films of the 1980s exploded in popularity when it moved to Netflix early this year for its third season.

Showrunners Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg are overjoyed and humbled by the citation, saying:

Like The Karate Kid before it, Cobra Kai has always been a true underdog story. From our humble YouTube beginnings to our badass Netflix arrival, we have enjoyed being the senseis for this special series. Being nominated for Best Comedy Series is a tremendous moment for the show that is a testament to the sweat equity put in daily by the absolute best cast and crew around. Thank you to Sony and Netflix for supporting our storytelling and giving us the freedom to grow the Miyagiverse. We are thrilled and thankful…. and we think we know karate, so everyone else in the category better watch out!

Another unexpected hit from Netflix in the Comedy Series lineup is Emily in Paris, which has been making headlines since its debut on the streamer last fall. Emmy Award-winning creator, showrunner, and Executive Producer Darren Star said:

We are so thrilled to be recognized by The Television Academy for EMILY IN PARIS and to be included with such fantastic company. Making this show with Netflix, MTV Entertainment Studios, and our extraordinary French crew has been a true joy and on behalf of every person who has worked so hard on this show, we want to thank the Emmy voters for this amazing recognition.

A low-key favorite among TV Academy viewers is another Netflix series, The Kominsky Method, which to hopes to win an Emmy after 12 nominations. Emmy-nominated showrunner Chuck Lorre celebrated thus:

Thank you to the members of the TV Academy for the six nominations! The past three seasons of The Kominsky Method have been an experience of a lifetime and it’s a great honor to finish out on such a high note. I want to congratulate Michael Douglas, Paul Reiser and Morgan Freeman for their well-deserved acting nominations. Thank you to Netflix, Warner Bros. and everyone on the show that worked so hard to make The Kominsky Method. Congrats to Yuri Reese, Sean Madsen and Brian Wittle for their Sound Mixing nomination and Nikki Valko, Ken Miller and Tara Treacy for their Casting nomination.

And when it comes to appointment TV, HBO is still making magic happen. This spring, millions were riveted by the Pennsylvania-set crime drama, Mare of Easttown, which earned 16 Emmy nominations including Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, lead actress Kate Winslet, supporting actresses Julianne Nicholson and Jean Smart, and supporting actor Evan Peters. Creator, showrunner, and Executive Producer Brad Inglesby celebrated the recognition:

We are thrilled and humbled to be so greatly recognized by The Television Academy for MARE OF EASTTOWN and to be included among such amazing company. This is such a deeply personal and important story for me and none of this could have ever been possible without our amazing cast and crew. Thank you to HBO and my partners at wiip for their unwavering support and separately I want to congratulate Kate, Jean, Evan, Julianne and Craig on their much deserved nominations.

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, September 19 on CBS.

Written by
Karen Peterson is the Awards Editor for We Live Entertainment. She previously worked as the Assistant Editor at Awards Circuit, now owned by Variety. Her work can also be found at Citizen Dame and at the Watch and Talk podcast. Her non-awards season hobbies include Angels baseball, taking pictures of other peoples' pets, and tweeting about The Bachelor franchise.

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