Emmy Nominations 2023: The Succession of Surprises and Shifting Categories

The Trivial Pursuit of the 2023 Emmy Nominations. From ‘Succession’s’ record-breaking 27 nods to John Oliver’s category swap, we’re serving up the hottest trivia from the 2023 Emmy nominations announced on Wednesday, July 12, 2023.

1. The Sweet Succession of Surprises

Screenshot: Succession / HBO

Now, let’s unwrap the golden ticket of trivia – the nominations. HBO’s ‘Succession‘ led the pack with a whopping 27 nods for its final season, setting a record for the most nominations for a single drama season. Not to be outdone, ‘The Last of Us,’ HBO’s dystopian video-game adaptation, bagged 24 nominations.

2. The Comedy Kings and Queens

On the lighter side of things, last year’s winner ‘Ted Lasso‘ scored 21 nominations, proving that nice guys don’t always finish last. It’s up against a hilarious lineup that includes ‘Abbott Elementary,’ ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘The Bear,’ ‘Barry,’ ‘Jury Duty,’ ‘Only Murders in the Building,’ and ‘Wednesday.’

3. The Limited Series Showdown

In the limited series category, Netflix’s ‘Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story‘ and ‘Beef‘ compete head-to-head with ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi‘ from Disney+. May the force be with them!

4. The Network Nominations Tally

HBO logo

HBO outpaced all networks with 127 nominations in the network nominations tally, while Netflix landed 103 nods. It’s like the ‘Fast and Furious’ of network races!

5. The Roy Family Feud Continues

In the acting categories, “Succession” patriarch Brian Cox will compete with two of his warring TV sons – Jeremy Strong and Kieran Culkin – for outstanding drama actor. It’s like a family dinner but with more backstabbing and less passing potatoes.

6. The New Faces of Comedy

Screenshot: Shrinking interview / Apple TV+ via YouTube

First-time nominees Jeremy Allen White of “The Bear” and Jason Segel of “Shrinking” are among those competing for outstanding comedy actor. It’s like the shameless freaks and geeks of high school but with more laughs and less acne.

7. The Latin Power

The Last of Us
Screenshot: The Last of Us / HBO

Last of Us” star Pedro Pascal became the second Latino in history nominated for best drama actor. The first was Jimmy Smits, who was nominated five times in the 1990s for his role in “NYPD Blue.”

8. Black is Beautiful and Funny

Black women received the most nominations ever in a single category, with four actresses nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy. It’s like a revolution but with punchlines instead of pitchforks.

9. John Oliver’s Category Hopscotch

John Oliver
Screenshot: Last Week Tonight / HBO

After winning seven years in a row, John Oliver’sLast Week Tonight‘ has been booted from its usual Emmy category of outstanding variety series. Instead, it has been bumped into the ‘outstanding scripted variety series’ category. Why? Well, the Television Academy decided to define variety series as “unscripted or improv-based.” Since Oliver’s show is as scripted as a Shakespearean play, it no longer qualifies for the previous category.

The Variety Show Shuffle: Oliver’s show will face NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live‘ and HBO’s ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show‘ in the Outstanding Scripted Variety Series category, while other ‘The Daily Show’ alumni, ‘Late Night with Stephen Colbert,’ ‘The Problem with Jon Stewart,’ and ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah‘ are all vying for the top spot in the Variety Talk Series category.

10. The Emmy Ceremony: To Be or Not to Be?

Initially Scheduled for Sept. 18 on Fox, the ceremony plays a game of ‘will they, won’t they’ due to the Hollywood writers’ and actors’ strike. It’s currently officially postponed to Jan. 2024. So, keep your popcorn on standby!

2023 Emmy Nominations Trivia Quiz

Now that you know all the trivia, the surprises, and the shifting categories of the 2023 Emmy nominations, how about a news quiz?

2023 Emmys Nominations Quiz

10 Quick Multiple-choice general knowledge questions about the 2023 Emmy nominees. No time-limit. How smart are you today?

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1. Who is the ruthless and powerful patriarch of the media mogul family in HBO’s Succession?

Screenshot: Succession / HBO

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2. In HBO’s adaptation of the video game “The Last of Us,” what’s causing humans to behave zombie-like?

Screenshot: The Last of Us / HBO Max

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3. Which Netflix original production features the Nevermore Academy?

Screenshot: Netflix

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4. Who’s the director behind Netflix’s new Addams Family series, “Wednesday”?

Screenshot: Wednesday / Netflix

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5. On Game of Thrones and its prequel House of the Dragon, what’s the house of the dragon’s name?

Screenshot: House of the Dragon / HBO

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6. What is Jennifer Coolidge’s character in HBO’s The White Lotus?

Screenshot: The White Lotus / HBO

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7. Who plays the villainous Moff Gideon in “The Mandalorian”?

Screenshot: The Mandalorian / Lucas Films / Disney +

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8. What is the relationship between the two main characters in Apple TV’s “Shrinking”?

Screenshot: Shrinking interview / Apple TV+ via YouTube

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9. Which of these shows did DC’s new Lois Lane star in before becoming Superman’s love interest?

Screenshot: Eyewitness News ABC7NY – YouTube

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10. Why were images of John Oliver the only pictures uploaded to Reddit’s most popular picture channels in mid-June 2023?

Screenshot: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – YouTube

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