The enormous number of nominations Succession just received for its last season is proof that the Emmy Awards appreciate continuity, but every year also has its share of unexpected snubs and pleasant surprises. This year is no different, with a few presumed locks being left out (justice for Elizabeth Olsen!) and a number of less expected projects being chosen (good job, Jury Duty!). The least anticipated changes to the 2023 Emmy nominations are listed below.

The performance of Ted Lasso in its first two seasons, when it received numerous acting nominations and won for best comedy series two years in a running, was questioned coming into the Emmy nominations. Even though the third season of the Apple series wasn't as highly regarded, it still got a whopping 21 nominations, the most of any comedy series and the fourth-highest of any show this year. While Phil Dunster received his first nomination, Jason Sudeikis, Juno Temple, Hannah Waddingham, and Brett Goldstein are all re-nominated actors. Additionally nominated as guests were Harriet Walter, Sam Richardson, Sarah Niles, Becky Ann Baker, and Sarah Niles. Ted Lasso will once again be a serious chance to win that comedy series championship for the third time thanks to this remarkable stack of nominations.

SNUB: 1923 and Yellowstone

We seem to be waiting for Taylor Sheridan's well-liked Yellowstone universe to take off every year. Well, this year just wasn't the one. Not even the lead actor Kevin Costner received an Emmy nomination for the original series. Since it starred two major movie stars, Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, there seemed to be a lot of anticipation that the spin-off, 1923, may find more favour. But like Yellowstone itself, the series failed to receive even a single nomination.

Unexpected: Jury Duty

This year's Jury Duty was a bit of a stealth release; it snuck up on viewers before immediately winning their hearts and sparking a lot of discussion. The programme won over viewers' hearts and received a comedy series nomination as well as a nomination for James Marsden, who hilariously portrays a version of himself in the programme. The programme followed one unwitting regular man who believed he was serving on an ordinary jury but was actually on a hidden-camera programme surrounded by actors.

Poker Face SNUB

Despite having some tremendous momentum going into the Emmys, the Peacock series was curiously omitted off the list of comedy shows. Since the Rian Johnson-produced mystery series had four nominations in all, including nods for production design, stunt coordination, and acting for stars Natasha Lyonne and Judith Light, its Emmy performance might still be seen as a significant victory for Peacock.

Unexpectedly, Vanderpump Rules

This year's reality television sensation on Bravo may have been your first introduction to the network. Who among us didn't take a crash course in all things Scandoval, as you undoubtedly already knew? As a result, more of us ought to have anticipated a long-awaited Emmy breakthrough. After a full ten years, the Television Academy finally woke up by giving Vanderpump its first-ever nominations, including outstanding unstructured reality programme, as the show captured the reality zeitgeist like no other this past season.

Only Murders in the Building, Steve Martin, SNUB

Only Murders in the Building, which received ten nominations this time around, continues to be a TV Academy favourite. However, with just five main acting slots available due to the lack of comedy competition and the acting branch failing miserably for Shrinking and The Bear, some difficult decisions had to be made, which resulted in the unexpected exclusion of Steve Martin. Voters were forced to pick between him and his co-leader Martin Short, and the latter was eventually kept in the running because of the more constrained ballot.

Welcome to Chippendales, surprise

It's never easy to predict which fall debuts will stick in voters' minds. But it's obvious that the acting division of the Television Academy couldn't stop thinking about Welcome to Chippendales on Hulu. Given his excellent performance and current TV profile, Murray Bartlett was thought to be a strong candidate for a nomination, but Kumail Nanjiani's inclusion in a competitive lead-actor race and Annaleigh Ashford and Juliette Lewis' joint entry into the supporting-actress field mark real victories. Lewis hasn't been nominated in 20 years, and Ashford hasn't been nominated at all. Given how much work they've done recently on TV, they need to be recognised.

SNUB: Lead actress in a limited series who is a movie star

The Television Academy has a history of snubbing movie stars who transition to television, contrary to the Emmys' somewhat archaic reputation for favouring movie stars. (Julia Roberts was passed up for her most recent, well-received TV roles.) That was particularly clear in the lead actress competition for limited shows this year. Despite receiving excellent reviews for series of various popularity, Rachel Weisz, Emily Blunt, and Elizabeth Olsen were all passed up in favour of Emmy-nominated TV veterans Lizzy Caplan and Kathryn Hahn. Not to mention Dominique Fishback, the group's relatively unknown member whose masterpiece Swarm could not be disputed. She has appeared in David Simon's shows Show Me a Hero and The Deuce, thus it seems sense that the Academy would choose her over names with more flashy initials.

Daisy Jones and The Six surprise.

There is a lot to sing about now in the drama about a band from the 1970s and its charismatic lead singers. Despite being a well-liked series, it overperformed with nine nominations. Along with a nomination for limited series, the Amazon series' lead actress Riley Keough and supporting actress Camila Morrone each received acting nominations.

The Crown SNUB

Six nominations would hardly seem like a slight for any ordinary show. However, the previous season of this Netflix heavyweight had 11 nominations and won seven of them, including drama series, writing, and directing. There are some noticeable omissions from the nominations this year, such as Peter Morgan's lack of a nomination for writing and Imelda Staunton's exclusion from the lead actress category despite her outstanding performance at the Queen.

SURPRISE: Little Lovely Things

Tiny Beautiful Things, a well-executed television series that was not particularly on the Emmy radar, was based on the book of the same name by Cheryl Strayed. Nevertheless, despite this year's fierce competition in both of its categories, its main actress Kathryn Hahn and supporting actress Merritt Wever received nods for their outstanding acting work.

Harrison Ford SNUB

Ford, a famous actor, had a chance to receive two acting nominations this year for his roles in the comedies Shrinking and the drama 1923. The TV Academy, meanwhile, appears not to have jumped at the chance to nominate a movie legend. Even though Shrinking received two additional actor nods (for Jason Segel and Jessica Williams), the drama series was completely passed over, leaving Ford out in the cold.

Unexpectedly, Obi-Wan Kenobi

Disney still pulled off a bit of a suprise with this nod for best limited series, though it was probably a close decision given that the acting, writing, and directing branches disregarded the show. Obi-Wan Kenobi competed against considerably more specialised limited series, so it's likely that the sheer popularity of the Star Wars built-in audience helped. This is especially true considering that, unlike Andor, it wasn't a tremendous hit with critics. Among others, the programme defeated Apple's Black Bird and Showtime's glossy George & Tammy, both of which were seen to have considerably clearer routes to nods here.

The Traitors, SNUB

When Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls not only received a nomination but also won in a category known for honouring ten-year-old shows last year, the reality competition lineup received a boost. The Traitors, a phenomena created by Peacock, was expected to continue the pattern this year. Instead, voters stuck to their tried-and-true routines, favouring the (very) old.


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