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‘Game of Thrones’ Changed the Face of Genre in Emmys, but What Happens After It’s Gone? (Column)

‘Game of Thrones’ Changed the Face of Genre in Emmys, but What Happens After It’s Gone? (Column)

The fact that “Game of Thrones” is not only a ratings juggernaut and a pop culture phenomenon but also dominates at the Emmys is nothing short of remarkable. Television Academy voters have rarely recognized genre series, be they sci-fi, fantasy, horror or superheroes, for its top prize. But that’s changing — with some caveats.

In the 1990s, “Quantum Leap,” “The X-Files” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” earned drama series nominations, but they were the exception (and never won). “Lost” finally broke through to win the category in 2005, perhaps foreshadowing the mainstreaming of such entertainment.

Now, over the past five years, genre has dominated the drama race: HBO won with “Game of Thrones” in 2015, 2016 and 2018, while Hulu’s dystopia, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” was victorious in 2017.

You can debate whether “Handmaid’s Tale” should be considered genre — and yes, I get the jokes that it should be considered a documentary.

See full article on Variety