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Despite Lorne Michaels’ championing of broadcast networks in his acceptance speech for best variety sketch series during the ceremony, only two broadcast shows emerged victorious at the 2018 Emmys on Monday night.
NBC’s Saturday Night Live won best variety series, while ABC’s Oscars ceremony broadcast won best directing for a variety special, for helmer Glenn Weiss. The latter win also emerged as one of the most popular moments of the night, as Weiss proposed to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen during his acceptance speech.
This year was a good one for network dramas, two of which were nominated for Emmys; prior to 2018, no network drama had been nominated for six years. And yet the most-nominated distributor this year was Netflix, followed by traditional leader HBO.
Still, Michaels, an executive producer of this year’s Emmys on NBC, took a moment during his acceptance speech to laud the achievements of networks in the last four decades.
“In 1975, when we started, there were a lot of articles for most of that decade about how the networks wouldn’t be here much longer. And here we are, it’s 2018, and we’re at the Emmys on NBC,” he said.
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