By Evan DeSimone
With the proliferation of quality digital content on streaming platforms over the last year, from returning shows like Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” to the Amazon’s new dramedy “Transparent,” this year is set to be the biggest yet for digital series at the Emmys. Fans who want to get the first word on what shows make the cut can watch Yahoo’s live stream of the announcement of the nominations for “The 67th Emmy Awards,” hosted by Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) and Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance,” “Deadbeat”), on July 16 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific.
The announcement will be bookended by expert commentary from Yahoo global correspondent Bianna Golodryga, Yahoo TV editor-in-chief Kristen Baldwin and Yahoo critic-at-large Ken Tucker. The live stream will be available on Yahoo TV, the Yahoo Screen app, Roku, Xbox and Apple TV.
Last year, Amazon received no Primetime Emmy nominations, but its expected to be a strong contender this year with creator Jill Soloway’s series “Transparent,” which won Golden Globe Awards for Best Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy (Jeffrey Tambor) back in January. It’s already got a few statuettes on its shelf — it won a Technology & Engineering Emmy for its personalized video recommendations in 2013, and in April of this year it took home five Daytime Emmys for its children’s show “Tumble Leaf.”
Changes to the Emmy structure may benefit some streaming shows, while damaging others. In recognition of the sheer increase in the amount of content available, the Academy has upped the number of nomination spots in categories like Best Comedy and Best Drama from six to seven. On the down side, the Academy has also narrowed its definition of comedy, leaving the category open only to 30-minute shows, forcing the hour-long dramedy “Orange is the New Black” to compete in the Best Drama category.
“The 67th Emmy Awards” will be telecast live from L.A.’s Nokia Theatre by Fox on Sept. 20. Awards in technical categories, as well as guest actor and actress statuettes, will be handed out at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which will be held at the Nokia Theatre on Sept. 12 and air on FXX on a date to be announced.