… but especially these times we are living in, when free speech is under attack as seldom before. Book banning has become pandemic, and now some are even threatening arrest for teachers and librarians who give students the “wrong” books to read.
Eight is enough, they say.
But wait a minute. Who says? Okay, okay, there was that sitcom way back when, and sure, eight is enough when you’re talking children. In fact, you could even say that eight is MORE than enough… kids.
When you are talking Emmy Awards, though… well…
It’s still pretty damn good.
Nominations for the 2023 Emmy Awards were announced last week, and I am pleased and proud to report that HOUSE OF THE DRAGON racked up eight nominations:
All those, PLUS the big one:
Additionally, House of the Dragon: Inside the Episode was nominated for OUTSTANDING SHORT FORM NONFICTION OR REALITY SERIES. Which I suppose means we are up for nine Emmy Awards, not eight, but somehow this last one counts differently, so…
My congratulations to Ryan Condal, Miguel Sapochnick, and the amazing cast and crew of HOT D. They did some amazing work, and this recognition is well deserved. Come Emmy night, I hope some of them get to take home a golden lady… but win or lose, it IS an honor just to be nominated. ((No idea at this writing when that Emmy night will be. The televised ceremony is scheduled for September 18, with the technical awards a week earlier, but if the strikes have not been settled by then, there is an excellent chance everything will be pushed back to November, or even to next year.)) ((Whether that happens or not, it is unlikely that I will be attending this year’s awards. Too much to do)).
This was a record-breaking year for HBO… well, okay, a record-tying year. In addition to HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, THE LAST OF US, SUCCESSION, and THE WHITE LOTUS were also nominated as OUTSTANDING DRAMA (along with some great shows from the other networks and streamers, of course). This is only the third time in Emmy history that one network has had four different shows in the same category. CBS did it in 1973, and NBC in 1992. And now us.
As to whether eight is really enough… well, one hates to be greedy, but I would have loved to see some of our writers, directors, and actors on the final ballot as well. You don’t get to contend for Best Dramatic Series unless you have some great actors, directors, and writers working of you. Most of our team will have other shots at the prize in seasons to come, to be sure ((I lost six Emmy Awards before I won my first)), but that’s not true for Paddy Considine, alas, not unless Ryan brings King Viserys back as a White Walker — and that’s heartbreaking. My gods, his portrayal was magnificent. He earned a shelf of trophies for episode eight alone.
We are living in a Golden Age of television, though. So much great work is being done on so many shows, it is hard to keep up.
Keep watching. The best is yet to come.
AT ComicCon 2023 this year?
Check out Carrie Vaughns newly adapted version of NOW and THEN a Wild Cards story n Graphic Novel form. Illustrated by the talented Renae De Liz in full blazing color, this beautifully designed adaptation brings the Wild Cards world to rip roaring life. Even though this title is premiering at SDCC you can order your copy from your favorite bookseller.
Check out De Liz’s other work at her website and check out the official cover below and if your art at Comic Con swing by the Random house booth to see when Carrie will be around to sign your copy!
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