Emmys: ‘Stranger Things Vol 2’, ‘The Boys’, ‘Westworld’ are not eligible

The nominations for the 74th Primetime Emmys will be announced on July 12, and shows such as HBO’s “Succession”, Netflix’s “Squid Game”, ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” and Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” are expected to dominate and list several. However, consumers may not be aware that certain shows have not fallen into the release window and thus are not eligible for this year’s nominations.

After a massive July 4 weekend, Netflix’s Stranger Things will find itself in an even weirder position for the next two Emmy ceremonies. The first seven episodes to hit the platform over Memorial Day weekend were submitted for consideration at the 74th ceremony and qualify in categories such as Outstanding Drama Series and Supporting Acting Races, including Millie Bobby Brown (as Eleven), Sadie Sink (as Max ) and the two new favorites of the season, Jamie Campbell Bower (as the villainous Vecna) and Joseph Quinn (as the lovable and guitar-ripping Eddie Munson). Sadly, the last two super-sized episodes of season 4 that dropped out over the holiday weekend not included for this year’s eligibility period.

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With a release date for the upcoming fifth and final season of the sci-fi horror show yet to be announced (and considering how long we had to wait for season 4), it seems unlikely we’ll have it in time for the 2022-2023 season ( that ends on May 31). In that presumptive event, these two episodes will be “orphaned” and eligible for individual craft awards only, but not for Best Drama Series or Acting categories. Episodes 8 and 9 are also eligible for directing and writing nods.

In addition to “Stranger Things,” there have been many buzzy series this June, including the third season of Amazon Prime Video’s adult superhero series “The Boys.” Although the show received a surprise nomination for drama series in 2020, it dropped its first three episodes on June 3 and will conclude the season this week on July 8, thus not qualifying for this year’s Emmy race.

The fourth season of HBO’s “Westworld” has made its highly anticipated return, but don’t expect former nominees and winners like Jeffrey Wright and Thandiwe Newton to be among this year’s contestants due to its May 12 closing date. Instead, you can search for them in the 2023 Emmy entries.

FX’s THE BEAR “System” (aired Thursday, June 23) Pictured: Jeremy Allen White as Carmen ‘Carmy’ Berzatto. CR: Matt Dinerstein/FX
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New acclaimed series, such as FX’s drama-thriller “The Old Man” with Jeff Bridges and Hulu’s cooking drama “The Bear” with Jeremy Allen White, are sure to feature in future pricing discussions, but will only qualify for the upcoming Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice Awards.

Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” has appeared in the creative arts categories for its first two seasons in 2019 and 2020. With the extra care of series creator Steve Blackman in including Viktor’s transition into the Season 3 story (played by Elliot Page), there could be a well-positioned campaign for 2023.

In addition, docuseries such as HBO Max’s “Menudo: Forever Young”, a look at the dark side of the iconic boy band, or the current “Who Is Ghislaine Maxwell?” from Starz will seek recognition later.

The final predictions for Emmy nominations will appear in Thursday’s Variety Awards Circuit updates.

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