74th Emmy Awards: A Closer Look

By: Erin Pollack

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards are just around the corner! Set for September 12th, they will be hosted by none other than the hilarious Kenan Thompson! Thompson has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live since 2003; with 19 seasons under his belt, he is the longest running SNL cast member. When it was announced that Thompson would be hosting, he stated:

“Being a part of this incredible evening where we honor the best of the television community is ridiculously exciting, and to do it on NBC — my longtime network family — makes it even more special. Like all TV fans, I can’t wait to see the stars from my favorite shows.”

When people say “The Emmys”, most may think that it’s one awards show – but it’s not! There’s the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards. What’s the difference? Prime time “is the block of broadcast programming taking place during the middle of the evening for a television show”, approximately between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., and it must air to at least 50% of the United States. Day time “is a block of television programming taking place during the late-morning and afternoon on weekdays”. Both are bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. To put it simply: the difference is the time of the day the show airs, with all streaming services considered as primetime. The Primetime Emmy Awards are bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; different from the Academy Awards, which are bestowed by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

The first Emmy Awards were on January 25, 1948 at the Hollywood Athletic Club hosted by Walter O’Keefe. The tickets were $5, and at this time there were less than one million televisions across the United States. Only six awards were presented: Most Outstanding Television Personality, The Station Award for Outstanding Overall Achievement, Technical Award, The Best Film Made for Television, Most Popular Television Program, and a special Emmy was presented to Louis McManus, the designer of the Emmys statuette. Today there are 27 main Primetime Emmy Award categories, and 90 categories in their own class titled Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will be available to watch live on NBC, and will be streaming live on Peacock on September 12th, 2022.
To view the full list of nominees, visit: https://www.emmys.com/awards/nominees-winners/2022




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