Best Animated Program at the 2023 Emmy Awards
Netflix became the first streaming service to win an Emmy for outstanding animated programming last year, but past winners such as “Bob’s Burgers” have become more competitive.
We’ll be updating this article with all of our predictions throughout the season, so be sure to check IndieWire for the latest news on the 2023 Emmys. The nomination round of voting runs from June 15 to June 26, with the official Emmy nominations announced on Wednesday, July 12. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be presented over two consecutive nights on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10. an edited presentation of the ceremonies that will air on FXX at a later date. Finally, the 75th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 18 and will air live on FOX at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.
State of the species
What started out as a tough year for Netflix Animation ended triumphantly with “Arcane: League of Legends” winning the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in September after already dominating the 2022 Annie Awards, followed by “Guillermo del Toro Pinocchio” approx. every Best Animated Feature trophy awarded by the panels during Oscar season.
Unfortunately, on the Primetime Emmys front, the streaming service may have a tougher time picking up a repeat win. It’s been more than a decade since a TV special won the category, so as stellar and spectacular as it is, Kenya Barris and Kid Cudi’s “Entergalactic” faces an uphill battle for the nomination. Neither “Big Mouth” nor its companion “Human Resources” received a nomination in the category last year, so the former is looking to redeem itself, but that often happens since many of the contestants have been on the show for so long.
Netflix’s best shot may be its latest animated series, “Agent Elvis,” which predates Warner Bros.’ 2022 revival of interest in the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, but is benefiting from the film’s popularity. It’s also much smarter and more animated than you’d expect from the jokey premise that Elvis is a spy.
But enough about Netflix. Adult Swim has two series competing this year that have previously won the category. In fact, last year was the first time “Rick and Morty” was nominated and didn’t win. Although it was nominated this year for the equivalent of the Annie Award for Outstanding Animated Program, while the other aforementioned adult swimming winner, “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal,” was not, the hit series may have lost its luster due to the controversy surrounding the now-fired co-creator. /starring Justin Roiland. “Tuca & Bertie,” nominated in the same Annie Award category this year, may actually be the show that makes it into Adult Swim this time around.
What actually won the Annie Award for Best TV/Media – Mature was two-time Outstanding Animated Program winner “Bob’s Burgers” (FOX), so right now that show is in the best position to eventually win the Emmy- prize this September. .
Current contestants (in alphabetical order):
“Agent Elvis” (Netflix)
“Big Mouth” (Netflix)
“Bob’s Burgers” (FOX)
“Family Guy” (FOX)
“Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal” (Adult Swimming)
“Harley Quinn” (HBO Max)
“The Legend of Vox Machina” (Amazon Prime Video)
“Rick and Morty” (Adult Swimming)
“South Park” (Comedy Central)
Star Trek: Lower Decks (Apple TV+)
“The Simpsons” (FOX)
“Tuca & Bertie” (adult swimming)
Additional category predictions:
Excellent series of talks
Excellent Scripted Variety series
An excellent documentary or educational series
Outstanding documentary or educational film
Click here for IndieWire’s full predictions for the 75th Emmy Awards.
Last year’s winner: “Arcane: League of Legends”
Still eligible: No.
Hot Streaks: Last year, Netflix became the first streaming service to ever win this category. It has plenty of chances to hold onto the series this year, even outside of “Arcane: League of Legends,” but 2021 winner “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal” could also build a streak with Season 2’s Emmy.
Notable Non-Eligible Series: “Arcane: League of Legends” (Season 2 was not eligible); “Human Resources” (Season 2 was not eligible); “What if…?” (season 2 was not eligible); “Withdrawn” (Season 3 was not eligible)
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