Emmys preview: Which shows will defend their titles?

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Jeremy Swift, Brett Goldstein, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Nick Mohammed successful  Season 2 of "Ted Lasso."

(CNN)"Succession," the 2020 Emmy victor for champion play series, volition beryllium a apical contender astatine this year's ceremonial connected Sept. 12. But if you're wondering whether the HBO play tin bushed last year's champion, Netflix's "The Crown," that matchup of TV's royal houses volition person to wait.

Once upon a time, deed bid dutifully premiered each fall, meaning you could number connected dramas similar "Hill Street Blues" and "ER," oregon sitcoms similar "Cheers" and past "Frasier," to beryllium successful contention each twelvemonth during their agelong runs.

Now, however, prestige bid thin to run connected their ain timetables, skipping years -- oregon longer -- betwixt seasons. Throw successful the pandemic that disrupted accumulation schedules, and viewers are to beryllium forgiven if they can't support way of what's eligible from twelvemonth to year, adjacent with a scorecard.

    Take "Barry" and "Atlanta" (both entered arsenic comedies), which aft their extended layoffs instrumentality to the awards fray (the erstwhile successful aggregate categories, the second for prima Donald Glover) for the archetypal clip since 2019 and 2018, respectively.

      Among the best-drama nominees, the aforementioned "Succession," "Stranger Things," "Euphoria," "Better Call Saul" and "Ozark" each sat retired 2021, with the caller shows "Squid Game," "Yellowjackets" and "Severance" rounding retired the field. But they needn't interest astir competing with "The Handmaid's Tale," which launches its 5th play Sept. 14.

      "Ted Lasso," meanwhile, volition person the accidental to repetition arsenic champion comedy, meaning the Apple TV+ amusement tin support its crown, but "The Crown," um, won't. "Hacks" besides makes a back-to-back appearance, portion the arguably stiffer contention this twelvemonth includes caller players "Abbott Elementary" and "Only Murders successful the Building" on with 4 bid that weren't connected the 2021 menu: "Barry," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "What We Do successful the Shadows," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." ("Curb" is successful thing of a trailblazing people by itself, spreading 11 seasons and 51 Emmy nominations implicit the past 22 years.)

      Certain shows necessitate a abstracted asterisk owed to the Emmy eligibility window, which covers the 12-month agelong from June done May.

        Josh O'Connor arsenic  Prince Charles and Emma Corrin arsenic  Princess Diana successful  'The Crown,' past  year's Emmy victor  arsenic  champion  drama.

        Both "Stranger Things" and "Better Call Saul" split their seasons, with the archetypal halves falling wrong that timeframe portion the second didn't, meaning they'll beryllium eligible again successful 2023.

        The Emmy calendar tin besides foster disorder depending connected erstwhile bid premiere. If, for example, you conscionable finished watching the 2nd play of Hulu's "Only Murders successful the Building," remember, it's the archetypal play that's nominated this year.

        Limited bid debar questions of repetition, but not timing. It's again a loaded lineup, featuring Hulu's "Dopesick," "The Dropout" and "Pam & Tommy," Netflix's "Inventing Anna" and HBO's "The White Lotus," the lone 1 not based connected a existent story.

        Even there, the vagaries of the Emmy calendar and rules play a part. Take the "Star Wars" prequel "Obi-Wan Kenobi," which really premiered conscionable earlier May 31 deadline but declined to marque consequent episodes disposable successful beforehand to voters, delaying its information until 2023. (Star Ewan McGregor won his archetypal Emmy past twelvemonth for different constricted series, Netflix's "Halston.")

        The main televised Emmys annually travel what are known arsenic the Creative Arts Awards, which were presented Sept. 3-4 successful dozens of mostly method categories.

        For those keeping score, oregon who simply bask questions astir web bragging rights, HBO and HBO Max totaled 26 awards, followed by Netflix with 23 and the streaming services Disney+ (9), Hulu (8) and Amazon Prime (6).

        Netflix tied a 47-year-old grounds with 44 full statuettes past twelvemonth from each those ceremonies, much than doubly nearest rival HBO, which had led the mode successful 2020 and 2019 aft tying with Netflix successful 2018.

        "Stranger Things," "Euphoria" and "The White Lotus" each collected 5 awards past play (and could adhd to those totals Sept. 12), arsenic did the peculiar "Adele: One Night Only" and the docuseries "The Beatles: Get Back."

          "Succession," which garnered 9 Emmys successful 2020, has frankincense acold received conscionable 1 award, for outstanding casting. Or to enactment it much precisely, outstanding casting among those dramas televised during the 2021-22 eligibility period.

          The Emmys volition aerial Sept. 12 astatine 8 p.m. ET connected NBC.

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