By night’s end, the HBO series broke the record for most Emmys won in a single year by a show with 12. That number absolutely destroys the record for most wins in one year, which was previously held by The West Wing with eight.
The forensic crime drama starring Morris Chestnut managed to self-start and hold its own to tie the return of “Survivor” in the hour – that’s despite the show receiving some of the harshest reviews of the new fall crop, averaging only 37 out of 100 on...
Just how ugly are we talking about, here? If Daniels, Strong, and showrunner Ilene Chaiken are feeling pressure to maintain the show’s massive-hit status, it doesn’t show in the enjoyably scattered yet propulsive season premiere. More of the same.
The Emmy wins should help HBO solidify its position as the first stop for Hollywood producers and writers pitching their projects – and it could also entice consumers to sign up for HBO Now, the $14.99-a-month standalone streaming service.
The awards themselves were also a blow to broadcast TV as the premium channel HBO took the majority of trophies Sunday night, including Emmys for best comedy (“Veep“) and best drama (“Game of Thrones”).