Everything you need to know about the 2022 Emmys

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | Are you ready for some football? Fine, but the return of the NFL is why the 2022 Emmy Awards have been drop-kicked from their usual Sunday berth to Monday.

Television’s top awards rotate among the top four networks, and this year’s broadcast home, NBC, has reserved the second Sunday night in September for Tampa Bay vs. Dallas. After the Emmys slogged through two years of pandemic-restricted ceremonies, a day’s delay seems a minor annoyance.

The industry is expected to put on its Monday best, swan down the red carpet and celebrate itself and the wealth of shows across streaming services, cable and, to a degree that pales compared to years’ past, old-school network fare.

But what’s a Hollywood awards show without a TV audience? A low-rated disappointment, and that’s where you come in. If you decide to do your bit and tune in, here’s a roadmap to everything you need to know about the 2022 Emmys.


The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards are set for Monday, Sept. 12, at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. The roughly three-hour ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. EDT and air live on NBC and, for free, on the streaming service Peacock.

But the Emmys, with 118 total awards, aren’t a one-day affair. Winners in 25 key categories including best drama and comedy series will be announced during the broadcast ceremony, with the rest divvied up between the Sept. 3 and 4 creative arts awards. An edited version of the weekend ceremonies, with categories including sound editing and cinematography, will air at 8 p.m. EDT Sept. 10 on FXX.


The honor usually goes to a comedian with a link to the network airing the event, and NBC stayed the course: It chose “Saturday Night Live” veteran Kenan Thompson, a first-time Emmy host who’s been preceded in the emcee job by a number of “SNL” stars. The ceremony has tried going without a host, most recently in 2019, but the results weren’t always pretty. Or entertaining.


Some previous winners are vying again for best series honors, including “Ted Lasso,” a freshman when it won 2021’s best comedy series, and “Succession,” which claimed the 2020 best drama award. (The series didn’t air during the eligibility window for 2021, when “The Crown” won.)

There are also formidable newcomers, including the dystopian drama “Squid Game” and comedy crime romp “Only Murders in the Building.”

Among the nominated actors, those hoping to be repeat victors include Jason Sudeikis of “Ted Lasso,” Jean Smart of “Hacks” and Zendaya of “Euphoria.” Check out the list of Emmy nominees.


Several members of the LGBTQ community were nominated in a variety of categories at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards.

“SNL” earned a pair of nominations in the supporting comedy categories — one for Bowen Yang for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy and one for Kate McKinnon for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. McKinnon is joined in her category by Hannah Einbinder for her performance in the HBO Max series “Hacks.”

Other queer actors will be trying to win an Emmy in the Limited Series/TV Movie and Guest Actor categories. Sarah Paulson will try to take home her second Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for her role as Linda Tripp in Ryan Murphy’s “Impeachment: American Crime Story.” Also, Murray Bartlett is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie for his much talked about role in HBO’s “The White Lotus.”

Colman Domingo will try for a win as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his appearance in HBO’s “Euphoria” and Hulu has a pair of LGBTQ acting nominations in Nathan Lane and Jane Lynch, both nominated for “Only Murders in the Building,” who are vying for a win in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, respectively.

Jerrod Carmichael, who came out this year in his HBO comedy special “Rothaniel,” has a pair of nominations — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for “Rothaniel” and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on “SNL.”

Continuing to break Emmy records, RuPaul is nominated once again for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program, which he has won the last five years in a row, and his show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is up once again for Outstanding Competition Program, which it has won the previous four years.

Joining RuPaul in the Outstanding Host category for the third year in a row will be the Fab 5 from “Queer Eye” — Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness — and Nicole Byer from “Nailed It!” Both shows are streaming on Netflix and will be trying to unseat the queen of drag and finally take home an Emmy of their very own.


So many, where to begin? The farewell season of “This Is Us” got a single nomination, for original music and lyrics, after reaping Emmys for several cast members in years past. It was a similar case for the last year of “black-ish,” which ended its groundbreaking run with just two creative arts nominations. On the flip side, it was far from a slam dunk that Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer,” with its controversial anti-transgender comments, would earn a best variety special nomination. It did.


The more than 17,000 voting members of the TV academy are eligible to decide nominees and winners in 14 categories, including drama, comedy and limited series. The acting awards, including lead, supporting and guest actors, are determined by peer groups, as are directing, writing and other individual areas of achievement. The number of nominees in most categories generally is tied to the number of submissions, with exceptions including best comedy and dramas series: They get eight nominees each.

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